Staging is Quite Different Than Decorating

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Buyers Want to Feel a Warm Hug When They Enter a Room

Now that the weather is getting colder, nothing warms up a room faster than drapes. We are lucky that there is a huge variety of inexpensive ready-to-hang drapes available in all colours, texture and lengths.  Check out your local home stores like Bouclair, Walmart, Home Depot, IKEA, Canadian Tire and Sears for a wide affordable variety. If a house has all boring white walls and the homeowners aren’t willing to paint, adding a punch of colour with drapes is an easy quick fix.  Tall long drapes add height to rooms and a whole lot of drama.  Choose colours that compliment …

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Curb Appeal Staging for the Seasons!

Never underestimate the power of curb appeal!  Potential buyers will drive right by the listing if they don’t feel welcomed.  The easiest and most inexpensive way is through seasonal flowers.  We are heading into the Fall and the wonderful Fall Mums are easy to buy at any nursery or even grocery store.  These arrangements even came all assembled.   Remember to always choose the colours that compliment the exterior of the house.  These  flowers look great with the brick.  Having a variety of heights in planters gives a lot more interest.  Choosing attractive pots is also very important.

Another Quick, Inexpensive and Simple Fireplace Makeover!

Now that the colder weather is approaching the fireplace is going to become more of a focal point and selling feature of any house! Remember one of the most important reasons to stage a house is to make the MLS pictures look good so you can attract more traffic.  A great looking fireplace says…..’home’ In this ‘BEFORE’ picture the fireplace mantle looks washed out and the brick looks too busy.  The colour in the brick is very limiting to future homeowners and there is too much of a contrast with the white mantle.  The stripes on the couch really clash …

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Country Homes Get Staged Too

I’ve noticed a change in Ottawa Home Staging market. I used to stage houses only in the suburbs and down town Ottawa but lately I’ve been staging rural homes and even farm houses. The process is the same but the end result are a bit different. Staging is always about appealing to the buyers. What appeals to a city slicker is quite different from the country lifestyle. It tends to be more relaxed, organic and rustic but still has the modern comforts. I always bring in some accessories to put the ‘style’ into the listings. Suddenly I had to update …

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Ottawa Home Staging News

Ottawa Home Staging News

A Can of Spray Paint Saves a Fireplace

Home Staging Tip How One $12.00 Can of Spray Paint Saved the Day! As soon as I walked into this lovely town house I noticed that all the door handles and the cupboard hardware were brushed nickel.  All the chandeliers and light fixtures were contemporary, sleek and also in a brushed nickel finish.  Then, glaring right in front of me was this shiny brass fireplace surround!   It just didn’t go with the rest of the house.  It screamed “HELP”. Since I was staging the house there were so many other priorities to be done and we were trying to keep …

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Linen Secrets That Sell

Home Staging Tip Just imagine walking into a hotel room and the linens looked soiled, torn and worn out. Would you want to stay there?  No. The same rules apply to selling your house. I always tell homeowners to replace their bed linens if necessary.   It’s a small investment towards the sale of their house.  It’s also something that they can take to their new home so it’s not a waste of money.  Choosing something simple also gives homeowners lots of decorating options down the road. Through my several years of Staging, I have noticed one very important secret.  Bed …

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5 Top Tips On How To Use Artwork

Home Staging Tip Buyers/Realtors look at the MLS pictures to decide if they even want to bother going to see a house or not.  The quickest and easiest way to transform a room is by adding bold colourful artwork.  MLS pictures look better if the house has a nice flow of colour and style.  Follow my 5 Top Tips of Using Artwork in the Staging process. 5 Top Tips of Using Artwork to Stage a House Never hang artwork too high.  The center of the picture should be 57“ from the floor.  Artwork should be spaced no further than 8” …

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