Can Staging Help Unlock the Appeal of a Very Small Portland Home?

Maureen at Room Solutions Staging (in Portland, OR) has done it again! Last week we shared her before and after shots of a home with just too much in it to see the "bones" of the home.

This week she shares a SMALL apartment home that she staged to show the home's possibilities!

Sometimes staging tells the story of your home and gives your buyers the ability to see themselves in your home. Her key point in this article stresses the importance of scale when it comes to furnishing a room.


Steve & Tonda

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Recently our Portland home staging company was hired to stage a very small home in a lovely 55+ retirement community.  Their model apartment was ready for a new resident and I previewed the property to find that it was just over 600 sq ft. When staging such a small space, you want to make sure that you accomplish a few important goals:

  • Show the Function of each space clearly
  • Don't over-crowd those spaces with too much furniture
  • Ensure the space looks warm and inviting, where the target buyer would want to spend time whether alone or when entertaining friends and family
Here are some Before & After photos of the staging of this small model apartment (ironically, we staged it the same week we staged a Portland home that's 6,400 sq ft -- ten times larger!)
What you see when you enter: Portland home staging tips

Staging draws you into the space, showing well-defined function and how you could live here portland oregon home stagers

Another angle of the dining space & entry portland house staging

Staging helps a buyer see how much room there really is for a table & 4 chairs (we used just 2 but 4 would easily fit) model home staging portland oregon

The Conversation area, Before oregon home stagers

Once staged, it's easy to see that there's more room than it looked like when empty how to stage a small home

Before, the bedroom looks small staging a home for sale

Staging the bedroom shows it easily fits a queen bed, 2 nightstands, a dresser & accent chair! 

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Even the small kitchen needs a little help home staging experts portland OR 97221

Staging the kitchen added color and appeal during showings of this compact space www.roomsolutions.com

A final shot welcomes the viewer into the space, encouraging them to want to see more ... Portland OR real estate staging

Staging this small home was successful!  The Director of the community said that everyone who saw it loved it, and it was snapped up quickly :-)    So remember, if you're staging a very small home, furniture placement and scale are both important.  Contact your local professional home stager for assistance!

~ Photos and Staging by Room Solutions Staging ~

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Room Solutions Staging offers expert home staging services in Portland, Oregon to homeowners, real estate agents, builders, banks, and investors. Our proven home staging techniques will help reduce your property's market time and maximize your equity. We'll prepare your property or listing to look appealing to your target buyer for the online photos as well as for in-person viewings. Our owner and principal stager Maureen Bray is a nationally-recognized home staging expert and enjoys sharing her passion for staging with others.  For a complimentary home staging proposal, please contact us @ 503-246-1800.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsTonda & Steve Hoagland • August 23 2013 06:41AM


Tonda and Steve ~ Thanks very much for the reblog of my post!  Staging this small apartment really showed potential residents that 600 sq ft was larger than they'd thought, when the space was empty.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 7 years ago

Tonda and Steve:  I'm a Believer when it comes to the power of Staging.  And you re-post the blog of the woman that made me a true Believer too.  I always tell Maureen she performs magic.  What a talent ... with great results!


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