All I did was....Home Staging Success Stories


All I did was.... stage Russell Peters home.

Advantage Staging stages many upper price point homes in the Vaughan and Toronto area for clientele that are not always living in the country year round.

As we handle everything from A to Z on the job, we receive many inquiries from agents who are referred to us to work with this niche group of clients. They appreciate that we provide seamless, stres free service with no worries for their clients.

Recently we received a call from an agent in Mississagua who asked for a consult on a property in Vaughan. When I entered the foyer this is what I saw first......

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 A giant sized poster of a Russel Peters Comedy Tour.  I commented to the agent that the seller must be a huge Russell Peters fan.  He smiled and said yes, the client was indeed.

I looked into the front living room and this is what I saw....

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Now, it isn't everyday that you see a 10 foot tall stuffed giraffe in a front living room along with an area rug with martini glasses on it.  I commented that the seller must really love comedians as there was a giant poster of George Carlin on the wall as well.

I tried nonchalantly to avoid mentioning the giraffe but you know, it was RIGHT THERE in the middle of the room.

The agent once again said that the seller loved comedians and had a great sense of humour. It was at this point that I just had to ask who the seller was.

It was none other than Russell Peters. This was his home to drop in to when he was in Toronto.  Russell had grown up not far away in Brampton and this was his home whenever he returned to town. 

His agent was none other than his boyhood friend since the age of 5, Marlon Dubeau. Yes, the same Marlon that Russell talks about in his comedy routines.

Russell came down to join in the consultation for a few minutes before flying off to his primary residence in  Los Angeles. He really is just a normal guy with an outstanding sense of humour that people around the world find funny. I had to ask why there was a giraffe in the front room. Apparently the giraffe was part of the manger scene in the CBC Russel Peters TV Christmas special this past year.

Unfortunatley, the gaffe kept hitting the giraffe in the head so it had to leave the set. It seemed like a good idea at the time to bring the giraffe home.

I continued on with the consult, made notes as to furniture, artwork, props and accesories I would need to stage the home so that it would appeal to a family moving in.  The home was definitely in a sought after area by young families looking to raise their children.  Schools, shopping and community centres were all close by.

The property sold for the highest price in the neighbourhood.

Staging helped to show this property as family friendly and move in ready. Another staging success story.

Living Room before...



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Living Room after..


living room before

Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

If you have clients that would appreciate a company to stage their home with everything handled efficiently and professionally, Advantage Staging would be happy to take care of your needs.

Michelle Finnamore


 RESA top ten stagers




Comment balloon 10 commentsMichelle Finnamore • August 05 2012 02:28PM
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