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This house isn't for me... the dining room is too small... or is it?

Home staging in Vaughan Advantage Staging will frequently consult on homes that appear to have small dining rooms. As the area attracts larger families it is a sticking point when buyers come to look at listings.

The homes have at least four bedrooms, and adequate kitchens. However if the home is being sold vacant it can be very difficult for buyers to envision whether their furniture will fit in and whether their family will be able to use the space for their needs.

That's when staging comes to the rescue.

No guess work. By renting furniture and staging the room, buyers can readily see that there is plenty of room for their family.

Dining Room Before

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Dining Room After

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Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

If you have a vacant listing and would like to leave buyers with an impression that creates desire and action to put in an offer call Advantage Staging.  We will create a look to attract your target market and get the results you are looking for.

Remember, professional home staging is always less than the first price reduction.

Michelle Finnamore     Advantage Staging   416.928.2999


Comment balloon 12 commentsMichelle Finnamore • October 02 2011 06:37PM


Thank you for the nice tips I agree staging a home helps in selling it Good luck
Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 8 years ago

Michelle ~ A dining room with nothing in it usually looks quite small, as your Before photos show.  But furnishing it with a dining table, 6 chairs, and a table that represents a buffet shows buyers that it will work perfectly for their family.  This is a great example of how staging can help a listing sell faster!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 8 years ago

Michelle - You've not only proved, by staging this dining room, that there is enough room for a dining table and chairs; you've also proved that everyone will have a seat for Thanksgiving dinner!  You've also added a springkling of warmth and personality to the room!

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) over 8 years ago

Hi Michelle - If a buyer has large furniture, then it is recommended that they know the size of the furniture and what minimum size the room should be to properly fit the furniture. 

Posted by FN LN over 8 years ago

Hi Gita, Knowing the target market is one of the advantages of staging a property for sale. If you cater to the majority in a given area and give them what they want to see you generally will get an offer quite quickly. Glad my tips are helping you prepare your listings for sale.

Hi Maureen,  the furniture rental company I use just started supplying more sets with 6 chairs so I was glad I could stage this home in that way.  It definitely provided the buyers with a good idea how they could fit in their family during the many holidays they would be celebrating throughout the year.

Hi Sally, thank you for the sprinkling of good thoughts! I really wanted this room to appeal to the younger, trendier families moving in. The chairs I selected were definitely selected to target the buyers that would appreciate the design aspect of the home.

Hi Marc, that is a service that I offer my buyer clients. I will look at their builders plans or accompany them on their viewings of the homes that they are thinking of buying. They really appreciate having someone along that can assist with that very thing. Most people do not understand that there are standard, given measurements in placing furniture, area rugs, lighting and artwork in a room.


Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 8 years ago

Michelle....GREAT point made!!!  Vacant space can/does look deceivingly smaller!!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) over 8 years ago

Hi Kathy, I don't know why that is, but it is certainly true. As stagers we see this on every vacant job. It ceases to impress me how different a room appears once there is furniture in it. I describe it as creating depth in a room.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 8 years ago

I am a true believer in staging vacants.  Again, your photos proved the point.  Vacant space is cold and uninviting.

Posted by Wendy Tomm, CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors (Beyond the Walls) over 8 years ago

HI Wendy, pictures really do send a clear message to buyers. The vacant does not do much to illustrate how large the room is and how you would place your table to be able to use the maximum amount of space in the room to accommodate your guests.

In the second, there is no guessing. Buyers can see there is room to spare. Thanks for stopping in Wendy.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 8 years ago

Hi Michelle--well your photos definitely prove the dining room is huge.  It's so true that most buyers can't begin to imagine how to furnish a room when it is empty.  I wonder when we won't have to say this anymore.

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) over 8 years ago

It's hard to understand how "added furniture" will actually make a room appear larger. But, I know this to be true. And your prictures just proved it as well. Great post!

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


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( over 8 years ago

Love it you proved once again that vacant spaces look smaller and are unappealing.  Nicely staged as now it is impactful and friendly.

Posted by Wendy Tomm, CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors (Beyond the Walls) over 8 years ago

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