Staging is Quite Different Than Decorating

Our goal is to keep costs down for homeowners by using as much of their furnishings and accessories as possible. We always work within the time line, budget and ability of the homeowners. All photos are published with the homeowners consent.

Another Staged House Sold First Day

Sometimes when I go into a house, all it needs is some decluttering and then some fresh pops of colour through artwork and accessories. I use the seasons to influence my colour choices when I’m staging.  In March, we are all done with the cold and dreary winter Ottawa weather.  It’s time to lighten things up and inspire buyers. Switching Artwork Around: I really liked the homeowners’ large piece of artwork in the dining room.  The problem was, I didn’t have anything in my inventory to carry the same colour scheme through the main floor.  I was however, able to …

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When Is The Right Time To Clean?

A Common Mistake I’m  just writing this quick little blog since it has been brought up 4 times in the last couple of weeks so I feel it’s important and relevant to mention. Many times homeowners will bring in house cleaners right before they put their house on the market.  That is a great idea, however the timing of WHEN you do it is just as important. Time lines are very rushed when you’re getting your house ready to list and there are so many steps involved.  As previously mentioned, I’ve heard lots of complaints about cleaners not doing a …

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A 4 DAy Complete Make-Over

I need to preface this blog post by stating that the homeowners had already started to pack things up so that is why there are boxes and ‘stuff’ everywhere. I was very flattered when these clients requested my services after staging their last house 6 years ago.  It’s always nice going into a staging and you’ve already established a working relationship.  Since they had already gone through the process with me, I had confidence that everything would get done – and it did!  You have no idea how much I appreciate cooperative clients 😉 Cohesive Flow As soon as I …

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Staging Took This House to Another Whole Level

This was a gorgeous house to begin with, but it needed some decorative accessories to maximize it’s value for resale.  We wanted buyers to see the potential lifestyle this house offers. First Impressions Huge bold artwork now greets you as you enter this modern house.  It really sets the tone for what buyers can expect during the rest of the tour. Since most of the walls are full windows, I wanted to capitalize on this wall for interest. Adding Colours and Patterns Once all the toys were removed, it was time to bring in some accessories.  The huge windows are …

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Quick Staging Transformation

I love Staging town homes since you can do so much in a short period of time.  It’s so much fun seeing each room transform right in front of your eyes. When I met with this couple, I knew they were willing to do just about anything I asked.  We worked well together and also had the help of their Realtor who supplied a few key pieces to finish some important rooms. Create an Atmosphere They were the first to admit that they had been living in the house but hadn’t really made it into a home yet with their …

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Staged to Sell

I had the privilege to work with a wonderful couple who were willing to do whatever I asked in a very short time frame.  It makes all the difference in the world when the homeowner’s are on-board with the Staging process.  I completely understand that I am asking a lot of people, but I only have their best intentions in mind.  It’s up to the homeowners to do as much or as little as they want or are able to do. As you soon as you walked into this house it felt like a loving home.  You could see that …

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Million Dollar Listing – Part Two

When there are several houses on the market in the million dollar price range with fewer buyers, you have to make sure that every room looks it’s best. This post is a continuation from the main floor. We are now heading up to the bedrooms. To see the main floor transformations click on Main Floor Transformations Master Retreat The homeowners had beautiful furniture and drapes, but the room was lacking colour and ambiance. They loved this new artwork so we used it as their jumping off point for adding colours.  Suddenly the room came to life and it will be remembered …

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Million Dollar Listings Have Bigger Expectations

Buyers’ expectations are different when the listing is over a million dollars. This house had been on the market for a while without any offers, so the homeowners reached out to me for an objective eye. Personally, I thought the house looked lovely but I needed to find out WHY there had NOT been any offers.  I am not a Realtor so I never discuss price.  I focus on the ’emotional’ side of why offers are made.  I want buyers to walk in and get a warm hug from the house and have buyers feel compelled to make an offer.  …

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I Love Getting Unexpected Testimonials From Clients

I was thrilled to receive this unexpected email today from a homeowner from a previous Staging. “Heather, it was really fun to work with you, despite the stressful circumstances. I know I have said it to you before, but you are absolutely excellent at what you do.  Your can-do attitude combined with a deep respect for peoples’ feelings (and quirks!) is what I believe makes you unique and wonderful at your job, and made you the perfect fit for our family. Best wishes to you for 2018 and beyond, Tammy B.”

Hard Work Gets Offer On First Day

Typically, it’s not easy to stage a house with a young family and out-of-town guests during the Christmas holiday, however, there was nothing typical about this family.  Everyone came to help, and I was shocked how much they could accomplish in just a week.  They all rolled up their sleeves and worked around the clock, de-cluttering, painting and shopping.  I had so much fun working with them! When staging a home, not only do you have to think about the house, but you also have to consider the neighborhood and who is moving into the area.  This 100 year old …

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