On Tuesday, while we were staging a house on Dovercourt, CBC news come to follow us staging the house, interview Ella Zetser and get some suggestions on what to do when listing your home for sale. Click below to see the segment that was aired:
We staged this home on a Tuesday, right after Canada day, and we got a call a couple of days later with the great news. This fabulous staged home sold in one day! Home Staging is key when you list a house for sale. Even if the house is gorgeous, it helps buyers visualize their furniture in the space if they have nice furniture to reference to. This home had large formal living and dining room spaces with lots of natural light and plenty of room for entertaining.
The whole house is carefully detailed and lined with beautiful moldings from floor to ceiling.
Nowadays, a many kitchens are getting the star treatment. This space has become
the central location for most families and their lifestyles. A lot of people are opting for brand new kitchens and different upgrades from top of the line appliances to engineered stone counter tops. Potential buyers are searching for the finished product rather than a kitchen they have to tear down and redo themselves.
It is a good idea to check out the other homes in your area that are up for sale and in the same price bracket as yours. Do they have updated kitchens? Does their kitchen have more to offer than yours? If yes, it’s a great idea to invest in yours.
It may not be in your budget to start tearing down walls and installing new cabinetry. However, there are some cost friendly techniques you can use to give your kitchen a fresh face. Getting an experienced home stager’s advise is a well worth investment. [Read more…]
Living Room in Rosedale
This one was in Rosedale. They did try to sell this house before with a different agent and a different Home Stager, with no success. The new agents brought us on to the project, followed all our advice and the house SOLD for asking price in one day!
Setting the stage for your home comes together with the accessories you use. They are the finishing touches and what gives interest to the space. Normally in your home the accessories are a reflection of who you are and your personal tastes. When selling, it is important to remove accessories that are too subjective and too personal. The accessories should be visual enhancing and coordinate with the rest of the space.
Accessories are also great for updating looks and adding in accent colors to a neutral color theme. If you have a space that appears drab, you can add in sheen and gloss finishes through the use of accessories to give visual interest.
Remember less is more. Don’t overcrowd surfaces and group things in odd numbers such as in 3’s. This will help to give balance and surfaces won’t seem cluttered.
It’s very important for kitchen countertops to be clear. You want to show your kitchen as having plenty of working space. If you can live without countertop appliances for a little while – they should be removed. Maybe stored in a cabinet underneath if there is room.
You can show things such as martini/wine glasses or maybe a bowl of fresh apples to warm up the space a bit.
Bathroom countertops are just as important. Buyers will be looking for plenty of room to store their personal hygiene products and space to groom. You can place an appropriately sized vase with flowers by the sink to enhance the room – as long as you have space on your countertop. Towels are an important bathroom accessory as well. Use crisp white towels to create a “hotel” look. All bathroom cleaning supplies (such as your toilet brush or plunger) should be removed. They are not great to look at and take up your valuable floor space.
Investing in home staging is the biggest bang for your buck. Along with this, another great investment for selling your property is painting. Recently, in the past few years, the new trend is to paint wood work (including door and window casings, mouldings, wainscoting, etc). There are many older homes in the Toronto area that still have wood paneling and casings all around the house. Some in parts of the house. These homes tend to show their age as rooms often appear darker as well as dated. If you look at the new home builds, they paint their wood casings and paneling.
There are still a lot of buyers looking for old age charm but definitely not old worn out wood. With this in mind, it would be highly costly to start removing and repairing. A more effective and cost efficient solution is to paint over existing wood with a new fresh coat of paint. This will give the property an instant update while still maintaining the integrity of an older home.
Before putting your house on the market, it’s time to go through your property and make a list of anything that needs touching up or repairs. Buyers are very picky when it comes to damages and anything that doesn’t look up to par. If you want to get a good price for your house, it better show in great condition. Make sure you have a critical eye. It would
be best to bring in a stager who will know what to look for and what to advise on.
Check all your walls and ceilings for cracks, especially in plaster. Cracks could set off a warning signal that you may have had water damage or other structural problems. If you had issues previously, bring in a licensed contractor to properly address the area. Please do not attempt to do this yourself. There is nothing worse than seeing a wall patch up gone wrong.
Make sure you do not have any burnt out bulbs – anywhere. It would be wise to purchase all new bulbs beforehand and replace just in case. Be sure NOT to buy energy efficient and replace any energy efficient bulbs you currently have. The light these bulbs offer are not so flattering for most interiors and take much longer than standard bulbs to light up. Buyers are only in certain spaces for mere seconds – you want those seconds to count!
Here is what the home owner had to say: “Ella, your sound advice and staging services were worth every penny. You allowed us to realize the full potential of our home, which was hiding behind the clutter of everyday life.
It was an eye-opening experience [Read more…]
Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It should be a place to relax, unwind and get a good night’s sleep. When you are selling your home, you want people to walk into your bedroom and think “This is my dream bedroom – I want to fall asleep here”. Everyone desires a space such as this to call their own. It all starts will a luxurious and well dressed bed.
Every lifestyle is different and people have different needs. Sometimes unknowingly, our formal living rooms become our children’s play area and the dining room becomes our office. When selling a property, rooms should be displayed for the function they were meant for. By not showing proper function of the rooms, buyers can be misguided in thinking you have a bad layout or missing certain areas that they need.
We have just finalized the sale. Got an offer one day after listing, and all was approved this morning. Thanks for a terrific job!
Jerry Sandler & Ann MacNaughton
Royal LePage Urban Realty, Brokerage
Staging this condo, in the heart of downtown Toronto, was what helped get is sold. The King Edward historical hotel – Experience the elegance of Toronto history at The Omni King Edward Hotel. A model of graceful Canadian elegance, The Omni King Edward Hotel has hosted visitors to Toronto for over 100 years. Guests to our downtown Toronto hotel have included Ernest Hemingway, The Beatles, Elizabeth Taylor, among others.
Family Room on Royal York
This Beautiful home on Royal York, was renovated by one of our regular clients. As usual, great finishes, and spacious rooms. They always know that using our home staging services, will guarantee a quick sale. Click on the heading to see other rooms in this home staging project.
A great way to bring in warmth and a more homely feeling when selling your property is through the use of decorative flowers and other greenery. Many people presume that best way to do so is by using real flowers. This is not always the case.
This home staging project in Toronto, was accomplished in one day. It always amazes us how staging a property can change its appearance so much. This was an exiting transformation, where a very plain property came to life right under our hands. Enjoy!
East York home Sold in just a week from listing. The owners moved to the West coast, so it was a perfect opportunity to stage the whole space from scratch. We brought in all the furniture, art, accessories, including flowers, vases, lamps, accent pillows, silk plants, mirrors, and art, To see more photos click on the link below.
Not to be taken for granted, mirrors can offer more benefits to a space than mere light reflection. We have all heard the rule “placing a mirror opposite a window brings in more light” or “use mirrors to open up tight spaces”. Yes true, but mirrors can be implemented in numerous ways to achieve a more desirable space.
On the most perfect street, south facing, in the Avenue Rd and Lawrence Pocket. Strikingly charming, you cannot help but be dazzled as you experience this designer inspired home.
We staged this lovely home on Monday, photos were taken on Tuesday, the house was listed on Wednesday and they got 2 offers on Thursday. Not bad for a slow market!
Color is trendy, fun and can excite and stimulate all kinds of senses. It is also a reflection of ones personal taste. One may find an accent wall in Tangerine Orange invigorating and inspiring, while someone else may find it distracting and overwhelming. When it comes time to painting your home, ask yourself this: How long do I plan on living in my home?