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


All I did was... add a cabinet, a mirror and some props to fix a negative in a bathroom

In this example, I would like to demonstrate the importance of addressing negative issues to stop offers from coming in from buyers in the main bathroom of this property.

For some reason, when the previous owners renovated the main bathroom, they installed the sink on the wall below the window instead of on the opposite wall where they could have mounted a mirror and cabinet for storage.

Moving the sink was out of the question, so I did the next best thing. All I did in this room was suggest installing a mirror on an expandable arm so the new owners could see their face to wash or shave. I also suggested that a storage cabinet be installed above the toilet for storing personal bathroom neccesssities.

In this property in The Beaches in Toronto the before and after photos clearly show the immediate benefits of the simple, cost effective minor improvements to this room. The buyers are now able to see how they could use the room and not be inconvenienced by the lack of a mirror or storage options.

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

Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

unstaged bathroom

staged bathroom

Comment balloon 6 commentsMichelle Finnamore • November 14 2008 10:21AM


Michelle, when you create a functional space you add so much value and more appeal. Looks wonderful.

Posted by Tanya Venable, SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant almost 11 years ago

Hi Tanya, it hard to believe that the current homeowners actually did not use this beautiful bathroom for the five years that they lived in the home as it did not have a mirror above the sink and did not have a cabinet to store the personal effects. They used a full bathroom in the basement. Staging provided a way to alleviate this quirk in the home. Thank you for stopping in to see how I solved this dilemma that would have been a bone of contention for potential buyers.

Posted by Michelle Finnamore, Preparing your property for sale (Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket) almost 11 years ago

Michelle - I don't know that I would have thought of adding a mirror with the arm . . . you are so good!

Posted by Margaret Oscilia, Home Stager, Salem Oregon (Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon) over 10 years ago

Hi Margaret, that's what I am good at....thinking outside the box.  Having renovated old houses for almost 25 years, you see alot of problems that you have to fix. You try not to spend a whole lot of money on the remedy or else you blow your budget for the project.   Thanks for stopping in to see my dilemma and how it was resolved.

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

Michelle - Another GREAT example of your talents.  Keep 'em coming.

Congratulations.  Your post is being featured in the group Staging Before & After Pictures.


Posted by Kathy Nielsen, Atlanta Georgia Home Stager ( over 10 years ago

Hi Kathy, Thank you for the feature. I am always trying to improve a property as much as possible while I am Staging it. It is a skill I learned from my father who could make something from nothing every day. An inspiring man if ever there was one.

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

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