Sold in 7 days

These home owners weren’t taking any chances, they were bring in a home stager right from the beginning!  They had outgrown their adorable home and had moved to their new home. The wife was a fan on social media so she called us right away. After doing a few updates and applying a fresh coat of paint they were ready for staging.  We brought in light trendy furniture to appeal to a young professional couple, as the home wasn’t overly large and the realtor, home owner and I all agreed that was probably who would buy this home, in it’s location her to the hydrostone in Halifax.  They didn’t have to wait long, they sold in 7 days and had a quick closing. We love our jobs!
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Sold in 3 days!

We knew this gem wouldn’t last long! We fell in love with this property even before staging it. Our client renovated this property from top to bottom, removing all interior walls on the main floor.  During the renovation they unveiled the chimney and decided to keep it. What character it adds to the space! Our client’s vision was modern rustic, which we agreed was perfect for this property!  It was listed on Friday and they had an accepted offer on Sunday.

Home staging results in sold in 3 days

Why you need to hire a home stager, not a decorator when selling your home

It’s time to sell your home. You have a friend that is good at decorating, so you think you’ll have them help you with staging your home. Good idea or bad? First of all there is a difference between staging your home for sale, and decorating your home to live in it.  What does a home stager bring to the table that your friend can’t? Lots! Although we do both at Staged for Upsell, decorating is very different from helping a home owner prepare their home for sale. A home stager is trained to know exactly how much furniture a room should have amply show its space to the fullest. Space is money when selling your home. A home stager also knows how to arrange furniture to optimize flow and functionality in a home. Oftentimes home owners are using their home in the best way that ‘functionally’ suits their personal needs. Unfortunately when selling your home, it’s no longer about you, it’s about the buyers. Therefore, sometimes there is some adjustments that need to be made. A home stager can quickly access a room to determine the level of de-cluttering and exactly what needs to be de-cluttered, grouped, sorted, re-arranged, etc. to show the room at its best. Less is always more when selling your home. Whereas with decorating we’re often adding accessories and filling the space. I’m always telling clients if it’s not adding value to the room, take it away.

A home stager knows what’s important to buyers and what’s crucial to modify. An example? I often find clients using a spare closet in a room outside the kitchen as storage for some of their food. This is a red flag to buyers! They’re immediately thinking “there’s not enough kitchen cupboard space!” and they’re immediately back in the kitchen fretting over this. This could be a deal breaker for many buyers. This is just one example of the value a home stager brings in their training that a friend that is good at decorating doesn’t bring to the table.

Hiring a home stager for a consultation when selling your home isn’t expensive. Most home stagers are charging approximately $150 for a two hour consultation. My clients are always amazed at the difference that the two hour consultation can make.

A home staging consultation is an invaluable step when selling your home. Even if you don’t need ‘full’ staging services consider the consultation. Having your friend help may save you money, but it may cost you a hefty price reduction.  Are you willing to take the chance?

Sold in 3 days!

We love when we get word from clients that they’ve got an accepted offer! We also love it when it’s a quick sale. With most of our staged properties selling quickly, most within 15 days, we weren’t surprised when this one sold in 3 days.

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Happy home staging clients – Sold in 3 days!

This home was what we called an occupied property, the owners were still living in the home. They had some great furniture pieces, but needed some help putting the finishing touches on the space. Having furniture in the space isn’t enough, it’s the finishing touches that create an intimate, cozy atmosphere in the home.

The clients were relocating to another province for work. Not only did they want top dollar for their home, they also wanted a quick sale.

Accessorizing with the great furniture pieces they already had we created some wow factor. I guess the proof is in the results – they sold in 3 days!

Sold in 14 days after staging

We’ve been staying busy staging homes. But we’ve also been very busy de-staging a lot of home after quick sales! Here’s another example of a happy customer. This property was a gorgeous ocean front property that was sitting on the market for approximately 6 months. The owners had been relocated to the US for work and were not able to successfully sell their home before their relocation date. After they moved it then sat vacant on the market. Vacant homes can be even harder to sell. The US relocation firm for the company worked with the real estate agents to have the property staged as they needed to have it sold asap. It was listed just under $1 million dollars. That’s a hefty mortgage to be sitting on!

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The living room was exceptionally large and overlooked the ocean. The room also had a double-sided. We created two seating areas in the living room, one focused around the gorgeous fireplace.  We brought in a leather chaise closer to the window to create a lounging or reading area overlooking the ocean view. Imagine your self sipping coffee or reading a book from this spot.

The photos that were on realtor.ca before staging showed the home filled with very eclectic furniture and artwork. It was a bit over the top. That’s fine for living in your home, however, when you’re selling you need to appeal to the masses. With a beautiful view like this a subtle, calm but sophisticated room is what will sell.  We used modern contemporary furniture and décor to compliment the home and show case it at its full potential.

We were excited to hear that they had an accepted offer 14 days after staging the property. We’re asked all the time if house staging really works. The answer “Yes, good home staging works!” Give us a call today!

Making a zippered pillow

Sometimes I get frustrated with the limited variety of pillows available within Halifax. Sure, you can go into HomeSense and find three to four rows of pillows on any given day. But the reality is there is still little selection! I’ve seen the same pillow in HomeSense a thousand times. Sometimes I can’t even find the colour, let alone the tone or texture I’m looking for. Two hundred grey pillows to choose from, and not one yellow pillow, or teal pillow in your selection today HomeSense? Even blue can be hard to find most days.

Then I have other pillows that I will never use again that are stock piled separately. These ones are colours or patterns that I really don’t like. Given that the cheapest pillow you can find is often $39 I like to up-cycle these ones.

I look in my inventory and yes, I have over a hundred pillows sitting there looking at me saying “take me”, “use me”. But honestly for one of my projects this week, even with all these pillows batting their eyes at me I still need one more to complete one of my projects this week. It’s a yellow geometric pillow that I want and I have the material that I found in a remnants bin at the fabric store.

I couldn’t for the life of me remember how to do the zipper, even though it had only been about 3 weeks since my last one. It might have been that it was 9:30 at night and I was just tired. I contemplated just forgetting about it for the night and going to bed. But I needed the pillow and it was tonight or tomorrow night. Scratching my head, and really not having a clue, I stared at the material for a bit but honestly I couldn’t for the life of me remember! I considered asking Suri, but decided to use my laptop instead. Setting up my sewing machine, back to back on my desk with my laptop I grabbed another chair for the other side of my desk.

Googling it I found the same tutorial I used the first time on Heytherehome.com. Skimming quickly I remembered right away. I have to admit, I wasn’t up to reading it again…I just needed to see the image for the zipper placement again quickly.

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Twenty minutes or so later, ta da, my yellow geometric zippered pillow!

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It’s really not that hard, and it’s a great way to reuse old pillows and save money. Check the remnants bins at your local fabric store, or wait for a sale on fabric. Oh, you will need a zipper as well, they will run you around $4.00 each, but again you can wait for a sale.
Here’s a link to the full tutorial is you’re up to trying it yourself: Zippered Pillow tutorial
I promise, it’s really not that hard!

Staged then sold in less than 24 hours

I love helping home owners sell their homes. Here’s an example I see often – a home owner that has struggled for a long time to sell their property with no luck. In this case the home owners were relocated and living in another province, stuck paying a second mortgage on a home they couldn’t sell. This home in the Spryfield area had been on and off the market for over a year, with two different real estate agents. Marco Di’Qunizio of Press Realty took this listing over and enlisted Staged for Upsell to stage the main rooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom and bathrooms.

You enter the home in the living room area and it’s a small space, leaving you questioning what furniture you can fit in the room, and wondering if your sofa will even fit. You see, that’s one of the problems with a vacant property – they seem smaller without furniture in them! Too much furniture and they seem small as well, it’s having just enough furniture and the right size furniture that will make the room feel the most spacious.

This property had dark red walls in the living room, and a slightly retro kitchen. The home owners actually asked the realtor, Marco if I could stage the property slightly retro in the spirit of the home when they lived there. The reality was, that’s exactly how I saw the property even in it’s vacant state. Contemporary is the best way to go when selling your home, however, you really have to go with the feeling of the home. Bringing contemporary furniture into a home that feels retro only serves to make the home feel even more out of date. You have to embrace the feeling of the home, or things just feel out of place when it’s staged in a different style…good luck selling it then! Seeing that this home was under $200,000 I also knew we were targeting first time home buyers.

I brought in a small sectional that fit the space perfectly, and set up a seating area in the adjacent corner. For a coffee table and end table I used pieces that were glass to keep the space open, but slightly retro or mid century modern feeling.  Creating interest in the room also took the buyers eyes away from the slightly rough condition of the room, and allowed the buyer to see how much furniture the space could accommodate and how potentially to decorate it without having to paint it right away.

The other room that was a concern during the staging consult was the dinning room. We even contemplated which room we would use for the dining room. One was very small and lead out to the deck, the other one a room further back off the kitchen. We chose the smaller one, and I used a small glass table that fit the space to make the room feel larger.

After approximately a year on the market, staged and sold in less than 24 hours
After approximately a year on the market, staged and sold in less than 24 hours

The good news is, it went on the market and that night they received an offer! I really do love it when this happens, it’s a great feeling to help sell a property that has become such a burden, financially and emotionally for someone.

I have people ask me is house staging actually works. I have great stories like this all the time!

 

 

Sold in 13 days after staging

Another happy client! We received a call from a homeowner that had a second property that he desperately wanted to sell. After almost 6 months on the market I could sense his frustration. In fact, he told me how frustrated he was! He was now turning to us for help in getting this property sold quickly. He hadn’t heard of home staging, and unfortunately his agent hadn’t told him about it.
It was sitting vacant and vacant properties are very hard to sell. It really doesn’t matter how nice the property is, a vacant property has no warmth, character or wow factor.

We staged the main rooms, the living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom and bathrooms. The client received an offer very quickly but turned it down as it wasn’t high enough. We were really excited when we got word from the client that they had another offer which they had accepted. Sold in 13 days our client was so relieved and we’re so happy to have been able to help!

Sold 13 days after staging

Home Staging for HGTVs Humble Home Hunters

HGTV home staging Halifax-01I’m really excited to share some news with you that I’ve had to keep under wrap until now!  Last fall I staged a home for a show that will be part of  HGTV’s Humble Home Hunters.  It’s a new show premiering on Tuesday, March 8th on HGTV Canada! The show is produced by Tricon Films & Television.


Each Tuesday night two episodes will air back to back.  The episode that I staged a home for is airing on March 22nd and is called “It Takes Two to Tango”.  Home buyers have three homes to choose from. I can’t wait to see which home they choose! 🙂

It was a really fun project to work on.  I can’t wait to watch the episode…I hope you’ll watch too!  If you miss it, it will be available on their website at www.hgtv.ca the next day.

Stay tuned!

Painting your home to sell it

Painting is one of the best improvements when selling your home

Interior or exterior painting is among the lower-priced improvements, and can often afford nearly 100% return on investment. The colours you choose for your home when you’re living in it might be much bolder or daring than what suits the average buyer. When selling think neutrals.

Take a good look around your home

Be conscious of other elements around your home when choosing paint colours – things like cabinets, railings and flooring that you don’t want to change just because of a paint choice. You want to see the big picture and once again, this is where a home stager will prove invaluable.  In more modern homes greys tend to work really well, but in older homes ‘greige’ often works well.  Greige is a colour between beige and grey.  And there’s way more than 50 shades of grey – picking a grey that doesn’t have a mauve or blue tint can be hard for some people.  One of my go to grey colours that I find to be a ‘true’ grey is CIL  Silver cloud and one shade darker is Sutton Place.

Here’s a great example of how a neutral paint colour made a huge impact on the room.  Other small changes were made, such as removing some of the furniture, hanging different drapes, de-cluttering, and brining in a different, more up to date accent colour.

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Try it first if you’re not sure

It can be helpful to bring home paint swatches and look at them at different times of the day and under various lighting. Lighting and angles can significantly change the way paint looks on a wall. Most paint suppliers these days offer ‘tester cans’ you can take home and try before committing to large cans of paint or the effort of painting an entire room only to discover you don’t like the result.

Think like a buyer

I often have clients that don’t want to paint, but think about it, you have incentive to paint, and yet some don’t want to do it. How does a buyer feel then? They may just pass up your home for the freshly painted one down the road. Buyers often dread the thought of having to paint as soon as they move in. It may not be a big deal for some of us, myself included, but a lot of people simply can’t see past a paint colour they don’t like.  Don’t take me wrong, I’m not suggesting that every home needs to be painted before it goes on the market. That’s not the case. I realize it’s an added expense, so I only suggest it if I really think the paint is worn looking, or the colours need to be neutralized. I can often work with a paint colour to bring out the best in the room.

Hire a professional

When you’re selling you’re often in a bit of a rush to get your home listed. Hiring a professional painter can alleviate a lot of stress. What can take you a week or more they can accomplish in about two days. And they’re so good at it! Most home owners can’t match the job that a professional painter can do.

….and don’t forget to touch up any trim that’s looking worn!