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


Should I stage my house for sale... is it worth it?

Staging homes in Vaughan and Toronto we get asked this quite often by sellers and agents.

With over 90% of buyers looking online at listing photos to find their next home it is highly recommened to at least have a staging consultation done to get a game plan together to attract buyers.

Buyers spend about 5 seconds looking at listing photos before they click through to the next listing if they don't see what they like in the first few photos.

Why take a chance and miss your buyer?

Watch our latest mini video to hear our realistic answers to those questions.

When you have a property for sale call the Go To Girl around town to prepare it for listing photos.

We can help you sell your home!

Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd.



Comment balloon 7 commentsMichelle Finnamore • January 18 2014 06:48AM


The attempt to save money ends up being the decision that costs a seller the most in the long run!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 6 years ago

We see it time and again Sharon. The home owner will want to wait for 30 days to "see what happens". They invariably are also asking the most money in the neighbourhood for their home.

We ask them to stop and think about that line of thought. What other product do they buy for top dollar that has not been marketed for sale?

That usually gets them thinking and then they prepare the property for sale.

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

Michelle- those words "let's see what happens and if it doesn't then maybe we'll stage it.'   How much money has been lost by sellers not preparing their homes for sale.  Well done, Michelle!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 6 years ago

Michelle, you've given some great responses for stagers to use when sellers don't think staging is necessary before listing.

I have to say, however, that hearing your avg cost of staging 5 main rooms in a vacant home ($4,500) was quite a shock!  It's less than half that here in my area, which goes to show how different our various markets can be.

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 Kathy, we have both heard sellers say this many times. I ask them if they are listing to just see what they can get or do they really want to sell. Once you determine their motivation it seems pointless to put a property on the market at a high listing price when it hasn't been prepared.

Hi Maureen, in Toronto stagers get upwards of $10,000 for staging a vacant home. It really depends on the quality of the rental furniture, props and artwork being used.

If original artwork is being used it is 4% of the retail price plus insurance. For example, if the artwork comes to $75,000 the rental would be $3000. And that is just for the artwork. By the time you add in staging, destaging and the rental furniture you are at $10K.

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

So true with today's competition in home selling your local professional Realtor will go the extra mile, plus with home staging you will get better pictures, more traffic and a quicker often higher offeR.


Posted by David Popoff, RealtorĀ®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) over 6 years ago

Hi David, staging makes such a difference in our area it is a very common tool in an agents marketing of a property for sale that some agents even offer to pay a certain amount towards the investment in staging.

It can be around $400 and up to around $2000 depending on the price point of the property being listed.

Thanks for stopping in to watch the video.

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

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