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


Vacant properties... leave them empty to show that they are spacious.

Whoa!!! I can hear you disagreeing all the way up here in snowy Toronto.  I have heard many a real estate sales person and home owner express this sentiment. The problem with leaving a home or a room vacant is that the buyer cannot identify what the purpose of the room might be or whether their furniture will fit in the space. The buyer needs something in the room to make a comparison to.

For instance, when a dining room has a table set in it the buyer will be thinking ..."My table is a little longer than this one so mine will fit here no problem". You get the buyer seeing themselves living in the home. 

Advantage Staging will rent a dining room table set to you for a very reasonable fee or you can do as my client did. They had lived in the house for 5 years without ever having purchased a dining room set.  I suggested that they borrow one as they had no budget to rent one.  Well they did one better than that.

When they bought their new home, they asked the homeowner if they could "borrow" their dining room set to put in their home to get it sold. The person that they bought the home from said of course and actually delivered it to the family.  Will wonders never cease.... their house sold in 5 days!

Another home staging success story in Vaughan. If you need help getting your property ready for sale contact Michelle to get your listing "move in ready".

Here are a couple of examples that illustrate why you would want to stage a vacant home.

Which room in the house is this? After staging there is no doubt. It is a bedroom and a very nice one at that.

staging bedroom   staging bedroom

This bedroom looks too small...... or does it look just right?

staging bedroom   staging bedroom

Invest minimal.

Impact priceless.

When you want to prepare your property for sale, call Michelle at Advantage Staging to produce that "just move in" look that buyers are looking for.

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Comment balloon 15 commentsMichelle Finnamore • January 17 2011 01:45PM


Good information. Thanks for posting.

Posted by Cindy Justice, Synergy Realty Pros (Synergy Realty Pros) almost 10 years ago

Michelle--Their argument might hold more water if they were selling "space" and not a home.  A "home" means furniture and a lifestyle--a sense of place that a buyer can envision living in.  As far as I know, people don't live in emply rooms.  And empty rooms generally look smaller than properly furnished ones.  Nice work. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) almost 10 years ago

HI Corinne, I know what you mean. Looking at the picture you couldn't tell what room of the house it actually was so why leave the light fixtures there.... to act as a distraction(?)

Hi Cindy, Thanks for stopping in. I think it really illustrates the importance of painting a picture for buyers. Do pictures like the befores really inspire buyers to dream about this as their new home?

Hi Janet, Love your thinking. Selling space is for when you are selling an industrial unit. This is supposed to be  home. A place to call your sanctuary from the world.  I know which one I would like to come home to.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 10 years ago

Great photos, Michelle!  I totally agree with Janet's comments.  You made both of these bedrooms look inviting and luxurious.  I'm glad you removed the hanging lights and the other item (t.v. stand?) from these rooms.

Posted by Diana Young (Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties) almost 10 years ago

Hi Janet, there are many real estate professionals on active rain that will tell you only three things sell real estate. Price, location and condition.

But you and I know that most buyers will tell you that they knew the house they bought was the right one for them as soon as they saw it. Now what do you think made them feel like that? That's right.... it appealed to them visually. Vacant homes just don't have that ability. Very few people can envision how a home would look furnished.

Would the average buyer have been able to see these bedrooms finished like this looking at the vacant pictures? Not likely. And that is why you will get better results staging a vacant home. Less days on market and the buyer can see that it is move in ready with little or no work to do.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 10 years ago

What an awesome transformation!!

Congratulations. Your home staging is being featured in the group Staging Before and After Pictures.


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( almost 10 years ago

Thank you Kathy! I appreciate the feature. When you start with rooms that looks a plain as these two were you can really create a pallette to turn it into a showcase. It was great fun working in this house as it was such a transformation when it was done.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 10 years ago

OH those swags are lovely aren't they!! Yikes. Rooms look so much smaller without furniture and you are right on the mark!

Posted by Shar Sitter, Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M (Rooms With Style) almost 10 years ago

Great post michelle. I had someone say the condo will look so much smaller once it is furnished and I wish the house had been staged so they could see for themselves that it actually looks bigger when furnished. (At least if done properly)

Posted by Eugene Mezini (Re/Max Premier Inc) almost 10 years ago

Hi Shar, I haven't seen swags like that for awhile!  I don't think they could even be sold on ebay as vintage, but you never know.   Those are actually queen size beds in a 1960's bedroom. The single was in the smallest bedroom but it still showed large enough to put a school desk in. 

Hi Eugene, You are right in saying it's all in how you stage it. Neutral, pale colours with just a hint of colour for interest. In the hundreds of properties that I have staged it has never ceased to amaze me just how much bigger rooms look with furniture in them.



Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 10 years ago

Really GREAT examples of how to update and transform a room!  Those lights are "priceless" relics!!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) almost 10 years ago

Michelle, you made both rooms more spacious looking once you staged them! ! I love the bedding and accessories - great job. (Were those hanging lamps ever in style?!)

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) almost 10 years ago

HI Kathy, I don't know about priceless but they were definitely jaw dropping when I saw them the first time.

Hi Kristine, the rooms definitely looked a whole lot more inviting once they were staged. At least people could see that they could put queen sized beds in there.  I don't think the lamps were ever in style. I think they were in the movies alot in that era and people thought they would live the life of movie stars if they copied the look at home.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 10 years ago

huge improvement, look at those walls...ugh.

Posted by Tori Toth, 888.667.6643 NYC & Beyond, HSR, SAR, RESA, LIBOR (Tori Toth, International) almost 10 years ago

HI Tori, that's what I said when I saw them!

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 10 years ago

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