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Vacant larger you stage all four family/living rooms?

Home staging in Vaughan and Toronto we are called to stage some very large homes which are 7500 sq ft and more.

We are asked by the agent/investor/home owner if it is worth it to stage every room in the home.

Typically we would suggest to stage a minimum of the 5 principal rooms so that buyers can see how they would live in the home for one full day.

In this property we decided to stage 3 of the 4 living/family room areas in addition to the usual 5 principal rooms.

Why? What was the difference in this home?

We wanted to show how this home could service a family in different ways for their day to day needs.

We staged the front living room a little more formal, in a young modern way.

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We staged the family room in more relaxed, modern look.

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And then we staged the media room in the master bedroom for maxing and relaxing.

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Now buyers can see how they would use so many rooms in the house that seemed to serve the same purpose.

When you are ready to prepare your property for sale, call the Go To Girl around town.

Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd.



Comment balloon 22 commentsMichelle Finnamore • September 21 2014 02:00PM


Great job with the staging.  I think you bring up a good point.  I commonly go into homes in South Florida where they have staged only one or two rooms and it makes the home look incomplete in a way.  It is a good idea to show people how the would live in the house like you said, many people have a very hard time visualizing a home.

Posted by Brian Scharick, South Florida Luxury Home Specialist 954-644-9118 (Florida Exclusive Living Inc. - Fort Lauderdale Luxury Home Realtor) about 5 years ago

Michelle- excellent- especially staging the media room in the master bedroom.  Often buyers see the extra space but aren't quite sure what to do with it. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 5 years ago

I agree with Kathy Streib that potential buyers have no clue what to do with large spaces like in the master bedroom.  You did a beautiful job creating both visual and emotional appeal in this home!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 5 years ago

Hi Jeff, thank you for stopping in to see this vacant listing, now ready for buyers to make a decision to buy. They say that only 2 % of the population can actually envision something if it is not right before their eyes.

Hi Kathy, it was such a large room! I could have fit more furniture in there however there is only so much budget and we have to be respectful of the sellers budget at all times. The way it is staged now any buyer can see how they would set up the room to enjoy it to the fullest.

Hi Sharon, with four living/family rooms it seemed like the house just went on forever and you couldn't see how you would set it up.  We left the family room in the basement empty except for artwork and some decor accessories on the mantle just to warm up the room a bit.

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Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) about 5 years ago

The house looks great. It's always amazing how much better a home can look when it is staged.

Posted by Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807, Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor (Good Company Real Estate about 5 years ago

Michelle -- those many living/family rooms needed your staging expertise because otherwise if  they were vacant, buyers would have felt lost in this large home.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) about 5 years ago

All of the living areas are inviting and each space provides potential buyers with tips for furniture placement and  design.  Great job!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 5 years ago

HI Maureen, we definitely created user zones in this property to help buyers envison how they could enjoy the entire home.

HI Sharon, thank you for stopping in to see this property, it had something for everyone including a nanny/guest suite.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) about 5 years ago

What I learned

Thanks Michelle Finnamore 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 5 years ago

Thank you Kathy Streib! Much appreicated.  It is definitely an AHA moment for buyers when you show them how to use rooms in a home. The master bedroom had this very large space to be used for the owners personal time. By staging it we showed the buyer how they could set it up and really enjoy living in this home.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) about 5 years ago

Having a buyer see the practical uses if a space with references based on real furnishings is key. Well done!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) about 5 years ago

HI Gary, staging really helped in this property. It is listed at over  million and there is  a lot of competition for the buyer in this category. We went all out for the client to show buyers how they could live there.

It has been 5 days and there is under contract, Definitely achieved the results the seller and agent were looking for.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) about 5 years ago

I can see why Kathy chose this post to include in her weekly wrap up

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 5 years ago

Very nice way to show what to do with all that space!

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 5 years ago

Michelle Finnamore Your photos and explanations demonstrate why it's always a good idea to use a professional for whatever task needs to be accomplished.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) about 5 years ago

This reminds me of a property description I wrote recently for an agent who had listed a multi-million dollar home. She sent me a link to the old, expired listing, and I thought "What a terrible place."

It looked to me like a cold warehouse.

After she had it staged she sent me the new photos - and it could have been a completely different house. Between the staging and the professional photography I could now see why someone would want to live there.  

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 5 years ago

Great choice of rooms to stage and very nicely done.  Hoping for a successful sale.  Great explanation of why and what to stage as well.

Posted by Wendy Tomm, CCSP, RESA-PRO, BBB - Wpg Realtors (Beyond the Walls) about 5 years ago

HI Wendy, it is always best to educate your home owners with before and after pictures of properties. Then they actually see what a difference it makes and creates value in the eyes of the buyer.

HI Marie, that's a great example of how  much of a difference that staging can make to a listing. In our area, buyers have very high expectations and it they are not met then they move on rather quickly.

HI Wayne, agreed. Always hire the professional in whatever area you looking to get results in. When FSBO's contact me online saying they can't sell their home and ask if I can help them the first thing I say is are 3 referrals for agents that work in your area, please call them to interview them and then we will stage your home as part of the marketing for the home. The home owner typically pays for the staging and the agent the consultation.

Hi Evelyn, thank you so much!

HI Kristin, absolutely a great example of an Aha moment for Kathy's post. Before staging buyers would wonder what to do with all those living rooms.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) about 5 years ago

I occasionally get a buyer with a "vision", but mostly they only see what is there.  Staging makes such a significant difference.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 5 years ago

Michelle, good staging and professional photography make all the difference.  Staging the major living space and master bedroom of a large house will often do the trick.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 5 years ago

HI Tammy, I have heard that only about 2% of the population can envision something. The old saying is still true, a picture is worth a thousand words. The new saying is Staging is always less than the first price reduction because buyers can't see the value.

Hi Patricia, the master bedroom here definitely needed some direction, it had a niche for the TV and a long wall so we showed how a buyer could use it.


Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) about 5 years ago

Love the photos... you do beautiful work... we are now staging all of our re-habbed properties before putting them on the market... they sell faster and for top $$$$....

Posted by Beth and Richard Witt, Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940 (Long Island Cash Home Buyer) about 5 years ago

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