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


All I did was...make a 5 foot wide kitchen look useable to buyers

Home Staging in Toronto our company has to come up with solutions for small spaces.

Working with investors we don't always have the opportunity to speak with them at the planning stages so that these types of concerns are addressed during the build process.

When we were called in to stage this property we found that the builder has only left just under 5 feet between the exterior wall and the edge of the island.

How he asked, were we going to make this look like useable space to buyers and keep them from going to the next listing as this kitchen looked way too small to be used.

We actually were able to stage it with 3 counter height stools at the island and 2 bar height stools at the table.

Voila! Seating for 5 in a very narrow kitchen.

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Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

Now buyers could see how they could use this area and not think of it as wasted space.

It actually was quite a lovely view out the window onto the gardens  when sitting at the table. We installed artwork with butterflies so that the potential buyers could see themselves sitting there enjoying their morning coffee and the view.

This builder was typically waiting upwards of 9 months for a firm offer.

Now it is typically 3 weeks.

If you have an investment property in Toronto that you would like us to take a look at before, during or after the reno is taking place we would love to work with you and make a difference.

If you are an agent working with investors and flippers we can make a difference to your bottom line this year. We will stage your listing in Toronto so that you have great listing photos to market the property to buyers.

Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd.



Comment balloon 5 commentsMichelle Finnamore • August 04 2013 08:57AM


Hi Michelle...The use of white really helps too. You did a great job of minimizing accessories also. The cleaner the look the bigger it looks.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 6 years ago

HI Kate, we defnitely knew we were using white for the stools. The other options were dark brown or black which would not have created the light airy feeling we were after in the narrow space.  I am a big proponent of less is more when staging counter tops, as you say, it makes it look bigger. We try to give the buyers eye something to rest on in each corner so that they can mentally tally up how long the counter top is.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 6 years ago

Hi Michelle ~ this space would have looked too small to potential buyers, without any furnishings.  Using the right size and scale, and colors really helped expand the room visually.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 6 years ago

HI Maureen, it is one of our strong suits as professional stagers to be able to solve issues that might be considered an objection to putting in an offer on a house. Tjhat's where we become a vaulable asset to a seller.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 6 years ago

Michelle, your treatment of this small space is amazing!  I think you may have this builder client for years to come.

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) over 6 years ago

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