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

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Don't think you need to paint when selling? Well take a look at this.

Working with sellers you often hear them ask why they have to paint when the new people will just do what they want with the place when they move in.

I explain that it is important to create a clean, fresh neutral pallette so that anyone can move in without having to do a lot of work right away. Plus, by using neutral colours, the space expands visually allowing buyers to perceive more value in your home. And that's a good thing.

In this home staging in Vaughan you can see the dramatic changes that have taken place by simply changing the paint colour. Choosing the correct paint colour is something that your professional home stager is trained to do to gain interest in your property.

The sun room was originally painted with a faux finish is various shades of taupe.

sun room before

To stage the house the sun room was painted in CC 110 Muslin Benjamin Moore.

sun room after

The master ensuite bathroom was originally painted with a dark brown finish on the cabinet. The light fixture was also very dated.

master bathroom before

The master ensuite bathroom was painted in Cloud White Benjamin Moore and the light fixture was replaced with one from Home Depot. Total investment for this room was $90.

master ensuite bathroom after

The kitchen was also originally painted with the same faux finish as the sun room as well as being embellished with a grape vine stencil. The stencil was only done last year but it really had to go to create a neutral pallette that anyone could appreicate.

kitchen before

The kitchen was painted in CC 110 Muslin Benjamin Moore. This was done for $50.

kitchen after staging

Space and light are two luxuries that sell homes. By painting in neutral colours you can clearly see the positive effect it has had in this property.

Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

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Comment balloon 30 commentsMichelle Finnamore • June 02 2011 09:46PM

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Amazing results! Great suggestions for the sellers Michelle!

Posted by Shelley Roufs (Simply Staged Homes ) over 7 years ago

Michelle,

Great photos, what a difference...and I loved what you said about "Space and light are two luxuries that sell homes.

Posted by Lynda Eisenmann, Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co (Preferred Home Brokers) over 7 years ago

Yes, truly an amazing difference.

Sue of Robin and Sue

Posted by Robin Dampier REALTOR®, Hendersonville & Western NC Real Estate Source (Coldwell Banker King) over 7 years ago

Hi Shelley, the clients were very pleased with the results. Simple changes with great effect created this elegant look.

Hi Lynda, it was the great designer Barbara Barry that first brought those two luxuries in a home to my attention. Thank you for stopping in today.

HI Robin, Paint is such an inexpensive option to change the entire look of a room. I can never fathom why people are so loathe to change their paint colour.

I understand that the reason why is because they are emotionally attached to the home. I explain to them that their home is their home while they are living there. But now they are selling and their home is now a product for sale and they have competition. Then I ask them "Wouldn't you like your home to look the best of the bunch?"  That usually gets them motivated to make the necessary changes.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

These are PERFECT examples, Michelle!! If anyone has any doubt about the impact, they simply need to reference this post.

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

Kathy

 

Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (http://atlantahomestaging.net) over 7 years ago

The house not the personal choices now stands out and you prove for a very minimum investment how valuable this is for selling Michelle. Wonderful job, photos and post!

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) over 7 years ago

Michelle.....GREAT examples of the "wonder" of paint.  The value vs the investment make it a HUGH ROI!!  And these are wonderful photo's to show off that point!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) over 7 years ago

The "Before" kitchen looked like a kitchen in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"!  Immense difference.  Faux is "Oh No!"

Posted by Julia Maher, Connecticut Home Stager (Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes) over 7 years ago

Michelle the impact is truly priceless!! The homeowners investment in listening to your advice is also priceless! Way to go! Great job! :)

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 7 years ago

Michelle - Those Debbie Travis faux finishes from the '80's are so dated now!  You gave very good, sound advice, and I love the new, neutral paint colours.  Bravo!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 7 years ago

HI Kathy, thank you for the feature! Always appreciated, thank you for stopping to see the changes in this staging job. I find that photos say more than words ever can.

Hi Karen, the client had only decided to paint her kitchen this way last year. She wanted a very specific rustic look. Unfortunately, it is not what is wanted by buyers in the neighbourhood. It took a few days for her to decide, but once the changes were made she was delighted.

HI Kathy, as you say paint is the best return on investment there is besides decluttering and cleaning when a client is staging a home to prepare for a sale.  Works every time to update a home in a matter of hours and for a few dollars investment.

Hi Julia, it was very unusual to see someone pay for faux painting in recent times. Don't know why or how the decision was made last year but it definitely looks light and spacious now.

Hi Janice, thank you for the thumbs up on the paint selection. These are some of my most used colours when painting to stage. The other would be CC 90 Natural Linen Or Shaker Beige.

HI Sally, sadly this was not a 1980's paint job. It cost upwards of $9,000  just last year to paint the cabinets, walls and the grape vine on the wall. My painter would have painted the walls and the cabinets for around $2,000 all in.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

Michelle--night and day difference.  Even the furniture in the living room looks different without the faux walls. Yikes to that kitchen.  Smart homeowners--hiring and listening to you. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) over 7 years ago

Wow, those photos are great illustrations of the dramatic difference that paint can make. There may have been some buyers who would have loved the "before" version just as much as the homeowners who paid for it.... but the vast majority of buyers really want light and bright spaces.

Posted by Shannon Jones, Long Beach CA Real Estate (The Shannon Jones Team) over 7 years ago

Hi Janet, the furniture really does look different doesn't it? Fresher and newer.

Hi Shannon, you're right. There may have been a buyer that was in love with faux finishes. But would that one person show up to buy this house? Now that's the real question. How long would a seller wait until that person showed up?

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

Superb examples of the power of great recommendations and then paint.  Love the changes Michelle, awesome job! 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) over 7 years ago

THANK YOU for this!

Posted by Vanessa Helmick, Interior Designer (Fiore Interiors) over 7 years ago

In a word - WOW!  It certainly does change the appearance of just about everything. Awesome!!

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

Kathy

Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager (http://atlantahomestaging.net) over 7 years ago

HI Ginger, I agree with you in that we can make suggestions to the client but they only work if the client agrees to make the changes. It took about a week for the client to come around to the idea of painting the kitchen and the sunroom that was adjoining it.  She loved her rustic look kitchen.. now she loves the new look too.

Hi Vanessa, Your Welcome!

HI Kathy, Thank you for the feature! These photos really do show the power that the colour of paint can have on creating a spacious looking room  and the impact a few dollars invested in paint can do to market your property for sale.  Buyers love a big kitchen and now this kitchen gives them what they are looking for in their new home.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

Michelle - Bright and spacious indeed - quite a measurable change.  Glad she took your advice so we could actually see your recommendations in action.  Beautiful!

Posted by Michelle Drewry, Realtor - Signature Real Estate Group (Signature Real Estate Group ) over 7 years ago

Amazing transformation....well done!  It's younger, fresher, brighter, cleaner, more welcoming...I could go on!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 7 years ago

Hi Michelle, so true, unless the seller buys in to the recommendations we haven't really done our jobs to prepare the house for sale. Learning how to handle objections is a skill every home stager needs to be really good at to be able to motivate the seller to make the necessary changes.

HI Ginger, Younger and fresher. Exactly the target market we were going for preparing this house for sale. I don't know many young people that would have wanted the faux finish walls and especially the grape vine stencil. Now it's  move in ready.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

What a difference - unbelievable!!! Great job Michelle!

Posted by Birgit Anich, Connecticut Home Stager - Fairfield County, Westchester (Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040) over 7 years ago

HI Birgit, thanks for stopping in to see this "show stopper" of a change in paint.  Absolutely makes the rooms look more spacious and up to date.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

Fantastic updates to this home - and your photos are great. You can use these to show all your future clients the impact a fresh coat of paint makes. If it wasn't for the window coverings, you'd never guess at first glance those were the same room. Great job!

Posted by David Peterson, Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon (Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging) over 7 years ago

Hi David, I debated about taking down the window coverings and decided to use it as the colour palette to carry throughout the home. I prefer not to have the valances, rather have floor length drapery to emphasize the height of a room. I will definitely be using these photos to encourage clients to paint.

P.S. You did a post of dining room with a white horse on the table. Saw it in Homesense last week and bought it. Loved the look of it in your post.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

Keeping the coverings up worked well for the look. We typically take them down, but sometimes they work (or the owners won't let us!) Glad you were able to find the white horse. It works in so many ways as the perfect finishing touch.

Posted by David Peterson, Home Stager Portland OR-Synergy Staging-Portland Oregon (Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging) over 7 years ago

Hi David, for most people draperies are like artwork, they either love them or hate them. If I install draperies they are full length to increase the visual perception that the room has more height and they are in colours that match the wall colour so that they "disappear" from view and are not a focal point.

The white horse is a definite assed in my inventory. I doubt I would have looked at it a second time if I had not seen your post with it on the dining room table. Thank you for taking me outside my "box" on what to use on a dining room table.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

The paint color in the kitchen looks amazing, what a huge difference.

Posted by Kate Talarico, RESA, Top Orange County Home Decorator & Stager (Kates Home Staging and Interior Design) over 7 years ago

thank you Kate, the paint colour actually made the kitchen appear about 50% larger than it was in the previous colour. truly amazing difference that the right colour of paint can make.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 7 years ago

The kitchen transformation is amazing. The original paint job had to be gone. 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) over 2 years ago

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