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Having Brenda stage my listings is helpful to down play the personal items within the home.  Staging is a huge asset in helping potential buyers envision themselves living in the home.  As a realtor, when I am listing a home for sale, I think about who is going to buy it and where the buyers might be coming from.  Brenda is fantastic at looking at a space, rearranging and adding some things which results drawing the eye to the homes potential, and not the stuff within it.  This is especially important if there is a possibility for a different vintage or age of the buyer.  Brenda is artistic and has a great eye for taking existing furniture and giving it a different twist.   The home transforms before your eyes!  I have had other stagers but Brenda is by far the best!                                                                                                 - Carole Ball, Realtor of +30 years
How Staging Can Help Sell Your Home
(provided by Canada Realty News)


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When selling your home it is essential to present it in such a way that showcases its best features and minimizes or rectifies problem areas. Many surveys have proven the importance of home staging as a powerful real estate marking tool that helps sell your home faster and for top dollar.

What is staging? 
Home staging is a marketing tool that involves dressing-up your home to be presented for sale in its best possible state. It is about merchandising your property.Professional home stagers work with the traffic flow of a home, eliminate or reduce clutter, rearrange the furniture, add decorative accessories, and create the illusion of space to enhance the best features of your home and minimize or rectify problem areas.Another often overlooked, but equally important part of the staging process is addressing the exterior of the property. Often times, a prospective buyer forms their opinion about a property based on curb appeal. A property's exterior is very important, and for this reason, stagers will also make recommendations based on the property's landscaping, driveway and exterior look.Good staging considers the style of the home and ensures that the staging is done with moderate taste to appeal to a wide range of people. When done properly, your house can make a memorable first impression on potential homebuyers. Staging can be accomplished with a minimal amount of time, money and effort.

How Much Does Staging Cost?
Usually home stagers will work within the seller's budget, with an average cost of $1,000 to $4,000. This is dependent on the home's requirements and the amount the seller can afford to spend.The initial investment starts with a consultation, lasting one to two hours. During this time, your home will be closely examined with the critical eye of a potential buyer. The home stager will then provide you with a list of recommendations. You may do all of the work yourself, hire out some of it, or perhaps leave the entire process to the staging professional.Market Advantage 
As a seller, two considerations are of most importance: time (how long it takes to sell the home?) and money (how much money the home sells for?).Staging provides advantages on both fronts. Many surveys have proven, quite powerfully, that there are many benefits to staging. Indeed, one of the most important benefits of staging is that it can allow sellers to obtain top dollar for their property. Often times, the seller will obtain a 200% to 300% return on their investment in staging.
  • A staged home shows better than competing homes on the market.
  • Staged homes sell for more money than unstaged homes.
  • A staged home sells faster than an unstaged home.
  • The listing of a staged home looks superior in print advertising and appeals to more people.
  • Realtors recognize staged homes as the best properties to show their clients.
It's Never Too Late To Stage...
If your house is already on the market, you may feel that you are reading this too late in the game. Rest assured, this is not true. While it's ideal to have your home staged before it's listed, the benefits of staging can also be achieved after it's been sitting on the market for a while.If your home is currently sitting with no reasonable offers, and it's not overpriced, you should consider having it staged. Once the staging work is completed, your real estate agent can simply change the marketing plan. Instead of advertising it as "reduced", it can now be advertised as "recently staged", which is actually much less costly than a price reduction as well as the obvious benefit of generating a new interest in your property.There is no question that staging plays an important role in today's real estate market. Consult your realtor to assess the viability of staging your home. 




9 Steps to Staging Your Home


42-56633714  You don’t have to break the bank to have your house looking as though it was professionally staged. These tips and tricks will have your house sell-ready and gorgeous before you can say “why hasn’t it always looked this way?!”   1) De-ClutterThe first step in getting ready to sell is de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter so potential buyers aren’t overwhelmed by your stuff, but rather impressed by your home. Counters and other surfaces should be kept clear and any furniture that isn’t needed stored away. The good news about this tedious task is packing and purging will make moving day that much easier.   2) Lights and MirrorsWarm lighting and well-placed mirrors can make your home feel bright, inviting and even bigger. Mirrors placed over fireplaces, and along hallway walls will make rooms appear larger than they are. Table lamps, and overhead lighting like chandeliers and sconces will brighten rooms and add some flair to your decor.   3) It’s Nothing PersonalAny personal effects should be packed away; family photos and mementoes, framed degrees, anything that’s a link to the current owner. Buyers want to imagine themselves in the house, so the more the house is a blank slate, the easier that is.   4) But Don’t Touch the Nursery!Although the nursery and childrens’ rooms should be de-cluttered and tidied as well, personal effects can remain as they are. There’s something reassuring and touching about seeing a baby’s room that can mean all the difference to a potential buyer (especially ones that are starting a family).   5) NeutralsAlthough you love that fuchsia accent wall, some buyers may not. A fresh coat of bright, neutral paint will not only enlarge the house and make it feel airy and more spacious, but it will also help buyers with their vision (there’s that blank slate again).   6) Accents and ColourTo complement the neutral house, a few well-placed bright pops of colour will bring the decor together. Bright throw pillows, or a canary yellow kettle on the stove will be noticed as soon as you enter the room and will stick in buyers minds once they leave. Fresh flowers are another great idea, and single flower arrangements are most effective.   7) Inviting ScentsWarm inviting scents will help your house be remembered. Taking the time to bake cookies or mull cider on the stove may not be in the cards (and the stove and elements should be off for open houses) but a safely placed candle or air freshener will do the trick.   8) Draw Attention to Selling FeaturesAs a general rule closet doors should be kept closed, but if there’s a walk-in that should be noticed, a small note to alert potential buyers is ok.   9) Freshen Your LinensNow’s the time to use your spare “good” set on beds, and ensure your towels and hand-towels are in tip top shape. And if it’s perhaps time to replace them, think neutral again. Following these tips will have your house in tip top selling shape and make it the most appealing to the most potential buyers faster than you can say “SOLD!”


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