“There are no small parts, only small actors” . The words of famed Russian actor, director and Konstantin Stanislavski.
Russian theater’s modern founding father, his remark is thought to inspire actors to make the most of every role, every opportunity.
Discouragement over fewer lines or a lesser role becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Thus, perceived small parts become small parts.
I’m always looking for analogies to explain what I do.This quote, and Oscar week makes me think of opportunities lost with my sellers of niche, or more modest-size homes.
Think of a property in a disparaging, apologetic or regretful manner, it becomes something to regret, or apologize for. On the other hand-find, and understand the soul of a property. Believe in its character and presence, that’s what the property becomes. Others will see it with your words, and it’s actual presentation.
Words like cute, adorable, nice, cozy, vintage or darling resonate as diminutive. It reduces value in the eye of buyers and takes money out of a seller’s pocket. Consider simple, handsome, intimate, or storied instead.
In Weschester County real estate, decor is destiny. Pastels, ruffles/lace/ribbons, paneling, wallpaper borders will hurt you. Ditto big collections of anything, too many patterns, patchwork quilts, and crocheted afghans. When staging more modest properties TRH counsels:
- Warmer, nuanced and organic wall colors are appropriate and polished
- Paint paneling and beams/trim
- Use white linens for a crisp look
- Create contrast with solid colors instead of patterns
Need more good words? One Look Reverse Thesaurus is my go-to. Want more ways to put your property’s best foot forward (no matter it’s size or circumstances)? Come to my next staging workshop on Monday April 1st at the Harrison Library. Last one of the season, click here for more info, and to register.
And because humor makes everything more palatable, click photo for the recent ad about the house we all know. Hope to see you on the 1st!!