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


All I did was...declutter and place some props.

I would like to show Realtors and Homeowners that a simple declutter and placement of some key props will work like magic to create a spacious, model home feel to a kitchen.

In the before photo you wanted to pass through the kitchen rather quickly as all the products to clean the kitchen were out, and there were too many items on the counter making it feel cluttered. As a buyer, you really didn't get a sense of how large this kitchen was and how you would cook for your family in it. You just wanted to move on quickly and not spend any time in the kitchen which is after all, the heart of the home. The seller was not taking advantage of this major selling feature in a home.

In this property in Barrie, I all did was declutter the work surfaces and placed items strategically on the counter to elongate the room. You can get a sense of how large the room is as your eye is drawn down the length of the counter.

Advantage Staging will market your property to stand out from the competition every time.

Investment minimal.

Impact, priceless.

unstaged kitchen

staged kitchen

Comment balloon 8 commentsMichelle Finnamore • November 03 2008 09:51AM


Looks great!  I'm glad to see the sponges and dishtowels dissappear!  I like your splash of green eyes travel from the green on the table to the green on the counter.  Very nice!

Posted by Cindy Griffith (First Fruit Holdings) over 10 years ago

Great job.  It's amazing how simple things can have a big impact.

Posted by Jerry Becker, Littleton, Colorado (Jerry Becker and Associates) over 10 years ago

Hi Cindy, I love green as an accent in a kitchen. It really speaks to being fresh and clean.

Hi Jerry, I always think a kitchen should be staged simply to allow the cabinetry and finishes become the focal point. After all, that is what the buyer will be enjoying after they move in. The buyer has to see themselves living and preparing meals in the home to choose that  particular property as the one for them.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 10 years ago

Yup that's all you did, and sprinkle fairy dust and turn three times and wish it to be sold.  AW Michelle don't be so humble, you know your stuff and it shows.  Congratulations, good work.

Posted by Terrylynn Fisher, HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc. (Dudum Real Estate Group - over 10 years ago

Hi Terrylynn, Thank you, thank you, thank you. The homeowner had this to say when I was finished and he did his walk through.

"You keep saying all you did was.... but really, what you did was transform my home in a few short hours all by yourself. You don't think you do anything out of the ordinary- that this is just what happens in any day. But I have to say, it is unbelievable what you achieved today. It is not ordinary, it is extraordinary. You should have your own TV show"

From his lips to a TV producers ears  :)

Here is another view of the kitchen dining table. I mentioned to the client that the seats could be recovered in a taupe micro fibre to give them an updated look. Take a look and see the improvement. The shot is a different angle, but you can see the dramatic difference it made to the look of the kitchen. All  said and done for $9.00.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 10 years ago

Great impact on a minimal budget. It's good to see how small key changes can make a huge impact.

Posted by Jill Schmit, ABR, ASP, GRI (Micoley & Company) over 10 years ago

HI Jill, I always compare Staging to paddling in a canoe.

In a canoe, to change your direction or speed, it takes the slightest twist of your paddle to achieve your desired results.

Staging is like that too. Sometimes the simplest of changes make a dramatic difference to the look and feel of a room.

Today I was in a bathroom. There was a pedastal sink with a mirror hung over it in the vertical position. It was offset to the left as there was an outlet  above the sink on the right hand side.

I took down the mirror and placed in horizontally just above the outlet, but now it was directly centered over the pedestal sink.  The homeowner was amazed at how much better it looked and what an effect it had on how you perceived the bathroom. It was now in balance and did not have an off kilter feeling to the room.

It's all these things that a professional Stager does to create balance and restraint in an environment to achieve a calm and balanced feel to a room.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) over 10 years ago

Michelle, Just the decluttering alone makes a big difference. Just goes to show, staging doesn't have to cost a lot of money.

I've never seen tile on the soffit before, interesting.

Posted by Rhonda Hay Rawlins (Glastonbury Home Staging) over 10 years ago

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