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All I did was... declutter, add stools, props & artwork to the kitchen

In this example I would like to show Realtors and Homeowners the value of decluttering. Potential buyers cannot see past your personal belongings to appreciate the beautiful granite counter tops that you so lovingly picked out. They cannot see the fabulous stainless steel appliances that will make their lives so much easier. And they certainly won't envision inviting their friends and family over to sit at the granite counter while you serve them a cappuccino while you make your latest masterpiece in the kitchen.

Show buyers the lifestyle they could be living in your gourmet kitchen and you will have them bringing offers  to the table.

In this kitchen in the Beaches in Toronto all I did was replace the pine stools with dark wood shinto style stools, hung modern artwork and decluttered.

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

Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

unstaged kitchen

staged kitchen

Comment balloon 59 commentsMichelle Finnamore • November 17 2008 07:46PM

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Hey, Michelle. What a big difference. You did a beautiful job and this goes to show that it does not take a lot of money to make a big difference. Take Care, Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Hi Jim and Maria, the rental props for this room came in at approximately $26. I always ask the same question of the Realtors when I show them my before and after photos during presentations- how can you honestly not include a professional Stager in your marketing plan. So much can be achieved on a minimal budget. My job is to make you look like a smart cookie who is on top of your game when it comes to marketing your listings.

 

 

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

Michelle -- When I look at the decluttered photo I think I'm looking at a model home!  Knowing how to help clients achieve this transformation is a fabulous gift and you've got it!  Great job!

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

Wow! What a difference!

Posted by Thomas Tolbert (Better Homes and GardensĀ® Real Estate Legacy ) over 10 years ago

Wow is right...you have the touch

Posted by Kelly Willey, Short Sale Agent - Harford County Maryland Real Estate (Long and Foster BEL AIR MARYLAND) over 10 years ago

HI Margaret, thanks for the "model home" compliment.  :)   I really appreciate you stopping in to see my work.  I really enjoy decluttering. I think it is my Virgo disposition. Everything has a place and everything should be in it's place. Now the homeowner can actually get things out of the cabinets much more easily.

Hi Thomas, Thank you for the "WOW" . I love making such a difference in a room when I am Staging. I get goosebumps when the homeowners see it for the first time.

Hi Kelly, As Kathleen Garvey posted here on AR, you can take a course in Home Staging, but you are either born with the touch or you are not. When I go into any property, and it can be the most cluttered place you have ever been in, I get a vision in my mind of exactly how I will make it look. Which props I will need from my inventory, which furniture, the artwork. It really happens that quickly in my mind. People ask me all the time if I get nervous before a Staging takes place. I can honestly say I don't. I have already seen the finished results in my mind and it is a case of executing the ideas.

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

Hi Michelle!  Space looks so great.  Did you get them to purchase the light fixture?  This looks like something I use from Home Depot????   

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) over 10 years ago

Hey Cathy, you are right on the money. :)

This chandelier has been featured in four major magazine layouts this year. It is a classic modern lighting fixture that fits in most home's decor. And can you believe it is only $129?

It used to be $ 119 until this past September, darn Home Depot for increasing the price. LOL!!!

It is the bargain of the year for sure.

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

Hi Michelle, wow, fantastic job. Now it looks like a functional, attractive kitchen.  Nice job.

Posted by Robyn Guinn, Home staging, Arizona (StageAZ) over 10 years ago

Beautiful! Great photography also!

Posted by Shelley Roufs (Simply Staged Homes ) over 10 years ago

Really nice job! I like the red glass bottles you added to the sink area...

Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago

HI MICHELLE!

It looks fabulous!!  It's amazing what a good cleaning will do!!  Bravo!

Posted by Yvette Smith, Realtor In Williamsburg VA, Homes for Sale (LONG & FOSTER) over 10 years ago

Decluttering does make a huge difference when showing a home

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) over 10 years ago

It looks like the homeowner chose the original stools because they matched the cabinets. Yours tie in nicely with the dining set.

Posted by Rich Mielke, REALTOR, Frederick Maryland Real Estate (REMAX Results, Frederick MD) over 10 years ago

Shzaaaaaaam!  I saw your other post (with the dining room) but this really gives you the "wow" factor.

Posted by Kerry Lucasse, Your Nest Atlanta Real Estate Consultant (eXp Realty - Nest Atlanta Team) over 10 years ago

WOWZA!  That is amazing.  What a transformation.  Love the new bar stools.  Now, it looks so sharp.  Fantastic!  As someone mentioned above, you either have it or you don't. I don't, you do!

Posted by Elizabeth Cooper-Golden, Huntsville AL MLS (Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group)) over 10 years ago

Michelle: The value of using a professional home stager cannot be underestimated. Anyone can clean and declutter, but it takes the eye of a professional to know what else to add to tie the space together and give it that model home feel. Great job!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) over 10 years ago

Adding the dark bar stools really made them stand out against the yellow paint.  FABULOUS!!!

Posted by Kristina Leone (Lionheart Home Staging, LLC) over 10 years ago

Amazing transformation once again! Just goes to show how small changes can make a huge impact.

Posted by Annie Pinsker-Brown, Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager (Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging) over 10 years ago

Michelle... What a differnce this makes in the appearance the kitchen

Posted by Roland Woodworth, Q Realty - Power In Real Estate (Q Realty) over 10 years ago

We always recommend a staging consultation on every listing we take. Our staging affiliate has worked on over 120 properties in the past year and brought us huge success. I love that my stager can spend the time and finesse with my sellers to get them to "unlock" their properties and present them for optimal showing condition. It's truly one of the best marketing tools we have.

Posted by Ed Kaminsky, Ed Kaminsky (Kaminsky Real Estate Group/Shorewood Realtors) over 10 years ago

It must be nice to have such great basic "bones" to work with.  The difference is stunning!

Posted by Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (The Berkshire Group Realtors) over 10 years ago

Got any advice on getting a seller to declutter? We've had several conversations, and she still is unwilling to pack the stuff away. Lisa

Posted by Lisa VonBargen, Estes Park Real Estate Photographer (Photography7522) over 10 years ago

That is such a difference. The staged property has the vibe for sure.

Posted by Patty Carroll over 10 years ago

Michelle, I love your work and it's a wonderful example that staging can work with ALL budgets!  A huge congratulations to you on a wonderful feature.

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 10 years ago

Michelle,

The transformation is amazing.  I could look at before and after pictures all day long.

Posted by Brenda Harmon (Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas) over 10 years ago

Hi Michelle,

You also provided much better photography with a wider and warmer shot. Delovely!

Posted by Susan Peters, The Better it Looks the Better it Sells (Dove Realty Inc.) over 10 years ago

Very nice job.  I love the dark stools at the bar...it looks very classy.

Posted by Shanna Whiteley (Consulant for Tomboy Tools) over 10 years ago

I have subscribed to your blog.  The transformation in this kitchen and dining room you have done over the past week is amazing.  Keep up the good work!

Posted by Jason Fleming (Jason Fleming Agency INC) over 10 years ago

I have to admit these photos are almost like day and night. Did you do any painting and staining or does it just seem like that given the time of day the photo was taken.

Posted by Tom Ikonomou, Pro-active Real Estate Marketing (RE/MAX City ) over 10 years ago

Great Staging ideas. The new black barstools ad more contrast to the room. We look forward to seeing more of your great staging ideas. Keep up the good work!

Posted by Everard Korthals, Mountain Realty (---Preferred Lifestyle Advisors---) over 10 years ago

Michelle ~ Love the darker wood stools; they work so much better.   Love the light fixture and your placement of accessories.  It definitely looks great - nicely done!

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) over 10 years ago

Hi Michelle, yes these pictures really tell the story, the value of quality staging.

I consider myself fortunate  to be in your part of the Real Estate world and to

be able to work with you, so that my clients get all they deserve.

Take care. John Weber; Barrie, Ontario.

Posted by Anonymous over 10 years ago

Michelle,  This room looks classy.  What a dream kitchen under all that stuff!  Do they still want to sell?  Beautiful job!

Posted by Patty Hill, BIC, Local Homes and Land, Inc (Local Homes and Land, Inc) over 10 years ago

VERY nice refocus on the kitchen - it made all the difference in the world.  You have SUCH an eye!

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) over 10 years ago

Hi Robyn, it was a fabulous kitchen  if you love to cook. All that counter space!

Hi Shelley, it's true. Without a good professional photographer your work can get lost.

Hi Unknown Blogger, the red bottles by the sink are bottles that contain red vegetables. They really add a spot of colour to a counter without taking up too much counter space. Great props for a $1 each

Hi Yvette & Russ, decluttering rules! it is the first thing I ask my clients to do. If they are unable to do it themselves, I step right up to the task and make sure it gets done.

Hi Rich and Kerry, the stools really do tie in the room nicely. Most people have difficulty with choosing the last 20% of the items for a room that gives it that finished, magazine quality look. That's where I come in.Thanks for the Shazam Kerry. :)  I know I am on to something when I get a compliment like that!

Hi Elizabeth, I can honestly say I have never got a Wowza before! Thank you for the kind words about my work.

Hi Michelle and Kristina, I know you can appreciate the value of professional Staging job. As you both know, the kitchen is the heart of the home and is such an important selling feature in a home.Thank you for stopping in to see my work.

Hi Annie and Roland, small changes are how you make all the important details become a feature. Isn't it amazing the change you can effect with so little effort but with a plan in mind. Did I just do my Mr. Burns imitation there?

Hi Ed, You are one smart Realtor! Having a professional Stager as part of your marketing team has proven to be one of the main tools of your success in rising to the top of your field. Congratulations on your success with a professioanl Stager. :) Those are some impressive numbers.

HI Kristal, This house was over 100 years old and had some renovations done. It still had it's quirks that all old properties do. You can check out the post I did on the bathroom in the house. It didn't have a mirror over the sink. How do you shave or apply makeup in a situation like that. There was a window there. The clients lived like that for 5 years.  So the good bones were definitely only in some of the rooms. Professional Staging found a way to fix the bathroom though. You can check it out here

http://activerain.com/blogsview/789844/All-I-did-was-add-a-cabinet-a-mirror-and-some-props-to-fix-the-quirkiness

 

 

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

Great job...I am sooo good at this when I do it for our sellers..now all I have to do is learn to do it at home !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 10 years ago

What a difference!  But remember those who love their clutter and don't understand why buyers don't either!  Sometimes they're the ones who are hard to convince.  Great photography!

Posted by Bruce & Mary Smith, REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC (Savannah Lakes Homes) over 10 years ago

Hi Lisa, When a client has trouble decluttering, I find they have more issues at hand than the idea of packing their belongings in preparation for the move. I always suggest to the seller that it is shame that the buyers can't see the (insert focal point, feature, aspect, view here) due to all of your personal belongings distracting the buyer from seeing it.

If you need  help in getting started, I know a professioanl Stager that will come out and provide you with  written action plan to get you started room by room,  deciding which items to pack, donate or sell to get you on your way to selling your property. Hiding all the great features of your house will not get  you top dollar to move on to your new home.  What did my mother always say... don't hide your light under a bushel.

If your client is  still  having problems getting started, suggest that the professional Stager has the resources to come out and help with the sorting so that you can stay on the timeline for listing the property.After all, didn't they hire you because they trust you with the most important investment they have- their home. It is their main source of equity (usually).

If they have collections, I take pictures of the collections, put them in an album which I give to the client. They can look at it each day after packing up their belongings to move. It creates the security of having their most prized possessions at their fingertips but not out in view.

Hope this helps.  Anyone can use this idea, just let me know if you do. I am always interested in hearing how well it worked for you.

Hi Carole, Thank you for your kind words about my work. It is always a thrill to have your work featured on AR. Big budgets or small, I do them all!

Hi Brenda, well that's quite the compliment- thank you very much. When I finish a job I love to share my experience with others.

HI Susan, you are so right. I have still to master getting exactly the same shot before and after.

Hi Shanna, class all the way every time- it sells. Even if it is a country property, I try to add just the right prop or accessory that elevates the property to that next level.

Hi Jason, thank you for subsribing to my blog. I appreciate your support very much. :) It was fun to do this house. It had great bones and was just waiting for the shine to be put on it.

Hi Tom, there was no painting or staining done in these two room. The upstairs was painted to freshen it up, but not downstairs. It is just one day it was grey and gloomy and the after day was a bright sunshine.

Here is what it looks like today here- shocking really

 

 

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

Hi Nathan and Evarard, I believe your home is your castle and every property can be Staged profesionally to get that look. I have worked on properties from $ 189,000 to 1.4 million. They all get the same love and attention to detail from me. I love Real Estate- there's no denying it.

Hi Kathy, I know what you mean. I love the style of those bar stools too. I should have bought all the stock I could find. Each time I use them, the clients want to buy them!

Hi John, you make me get tears in my eyes when you write something like that. I appreciate your support and am proud to be part of your marketing team.

Hi Patty, LOL!!  That's exactly what the clients say when I'm done. They always comment that they don't want to move now as they have fallen in love with their home all over again. I have only had one client decide to stay on for the summer to enjoy their home for a few more months before they listed with the agent in the fall. Happy endings all round with that one. They moved on to their new dream home, got to enjoy their memories of this one a little longer, the Realtor made a quick sale on a professionally staged home and then new owners are pleased as punch with their new home.

Hi Leesa, when you refocus on the principal rooms such as the kitchen in a property, you really up the ante on price. This is one fabulous kitchen now that you can see it. Plus, you have to know which accessories and props to add. I have seen many listings where the client (?) has placed items on the counter after cleaning and decluttering and it still looks cold and uninviting or worse still-overdone.

It is a fine balance. As my mentor said to me. If you start asking yourself if this item looks good in this spot, you are decorating not Staging. Sound advice that I repeat often to myself.

Hi Sally, I know exactly what you mean. I still have one room I have trouble with at home. I have asked two Stager friends what they would do and the room stumps them too.

Hi Bruce and Mary, to those that still don't want to declutter, I suggest that you never know who is coming through the home and they would feel just awful if one of their prized possessions went missing or was broken. Better safe than sorry.   I agree, photography is the way to sell Professional Staging to your clients. Better than a 1,000 words.

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

Michelle, great photos. It's amazing how just putting the coats away off the chairs make a huge differnence! The dark barstools were a inspired touch, they bring the table and chairs into the scene.

How do you get the clients to keep it that way for showings though? We arranged a clients house nicely for the photos, but went back to replenish flyers and it was a mess again. Teh seller just said it was a home, not a museum! (Oh yeah, we've had to lower the price again!)

Posted by Linda Jandura, Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Linda, interesting question and one that gets asked alot.

The clients of this home were very motivated to get it sold as they had already bought and have to be moved in 6 weeks. It was the first time ever that a client asked me if they should stay at the mother's place until the open house that weekend. In that way, the property would remain as it appeared after the Staging. This of course is every Professional Home Stagers dream client come true.

It will not normally happen that way though. I give the clients suggestions on how to keep it tidy and clean.

My sister in law just moved and she had 3 children under 5 plus was 8 months pregnant. If anyone could keep it tidy under pressure, she was it.

She kept a large tupperware bin on each floor. If a showing was booked every piece of laundry, every toy etc was chucked into the bin on that floor, the lid was placed on the bin and it was placed in a closet that had a spot already for it to be there. Instant tidiness with minimal effort.

I place fluffy towels on the racks which are not to be touched or used by the client. The client uses the towels necessary for the day and places them in the washer immediately after use. In this way, the client knows when they leave the house that the dirty laundry is in the wash out of view, and the bathrooms look like a hotel with clean folded towels on the rack. My daughter worked at a spa one summer through univerisity so I had a crash course on how to fold towels so that it looks like a spa.

Dirty dishes are placed in the dishwasher always.

Bins have been placed in every closet to hold the day to day items that we all toss somewhere upon arrival home.

Each closet , cabinet in bathroom and kitchen is decluttered. Only what they will use in the next 60 days is put back in . All under cabinet things go in a basket so it acts like a drawer. Easy to pull out, and easy to find things.

My clients buy into this way of living. My enthusiasm is contageous, they cannot resist the lifestyle that I offer them. LOL!!!!  I am such a Virgo.

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

Michelle-   It almost doesn't look like the same space.  That was excellent.  Good Job. 

Posted by Tina Allen (Exit Realty Tri-County) over 10 years ago

MIchelle- thank you so much for the tips!! Can I use them to give my clients?  As you said, if your sister in law can do it with 3 little ones, a single guy living alone should certainly be able to keep his house clean.

I've subscribed to your blog--- it's a must!

Posted by Linda Jandura, Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Michelle,

Great job!  I am in Cleveland, Ohio, and we've been hard hit with unemployment and tons of foreclosures with 35% of my business coming from bank owned homes.  Still, even with those sellers facing a short sale or foreclosure, at the very least a home should be clean, but sellers are often unwilling to do even that because, frankly, they are probably going to lose the home so they lose heart as well.  If you have any tips for us in Cleveland regarding this challenge, send them along!!

 

Regards,

Barb

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 10 years ago

Hi Michelle- The difference goes beyond the removal of the errant magnets and distractions. Home Staging is an artform and it takes an artist of sorts to find a balance for the best look a home can offer. Nice work. Thanks for sharing! Regards-Kathleen G

Posted by Kathleen Garvey, Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales (HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver) over 10 years ago

Michelle, that's fantastic! I'm going to reblog this to show my readers the importance of decluttering if that's okay with you. Thanks for sharing these great photos.

Posted by Kristen Wahl, CBR (Re/Max Plus) over 10 years ago

Michelle

Great work...I have a home I'm trying to do the same to but the tenants are making next to impossible...

Posted by Tim Ludemann over 10 years ago

Hi Michelle,

Indeed, the impact is priceless.  Your staging hit all the key spots in the kitchen and dining room.  Not only does the space look great, but it so spacious!  I especially like the new bar stools which coordinate well with the dining room furniture.  Did you replace the existing light fixture or did you need to get an electrician?  In my home staging projects I often find that if there is clutter in one room, there is clutter lurking in other parts of the home.  Did you find clutter elsewhere in the home?  Thanks again for shairng your before and after photos - - -well done! 

 

Posted by Suzy Minken over 10 years ago

Michelle

P.S.  Just curious, since realtors often advise homeowners to "de-clutter", had the home looked even more cluttered before they brought you in?

Suzy Minken

 

Posted by Suzy Minken, Your Win Win Realtor, Keller Williams Realty (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Tina, the client most often says the same thing when I am done Staging. I see my things here but it all looks brand new. Thank you for stopping in to see my work.

Hi Linda, thank you for subscribing to my blog. :)  I aim to please and educate along the way. You can use my moving tips if you wish with your clients. I give them out freely, most people find they work and their life is much easier having a plan to cope with the stress of having their house on the market. I don't think anyone is comfortable having people you don't know coming through your home and making judgements about you and your family and how you live. But I can tell you one thing for sure. Professional Staging puts your home in the best possible light. On the weekend at an open house that I staged, the buyers said they liked it so much they either wanted everything that was there transplanted to their home or they wanted the person who did it to show up at their place.

Sometimes the only way with a bachelor is to hire a person to stop in to tidy up for them. It is money well spent. I have done three bachelors so far and they all love having a game plan to keep it clean while it is on the market. No one had ever showed them how before. Sometimes it's not a case of not wanting to but rather not quite figuring out the "mystery" of keeping a house.

Hi Barb, my heart goes out to your clients. I had to leave a property many years ago in the recession in the 90's so I know what it feels like to lose a dream. It was a Victorian replica house, one which I watched as it was being built, lovingly made all the bed linens and drapery  myself, picked out the  historical colours it was painted etc. I sold for below what I paid by about $ 60,000.  My suggestion to these home owners is that when you have nothing left at all, you still have your pride and your name. No one can take them away from you. You can give them away, but they are yours to keep so take care of them.Soap, water and elbow grease are a small measure to invest in your home. When we sold our home my father said it was a lesson learned, now go out there and start again. You have two children that are watching you and learning how to handle adversity. And that's just what I did with my head held high.

Hi Kathleen, so true. I did water colour and pencil art when I was young. Creativity is something you are born with and if you explore it in all it's facets you just never know where you will end up. I had no idea that my construction background and my creativity would land me as a Home Stager one day.

Hi Kristen, reblog away to your hearts content! I thank you for it and hopefully it gets your clients on board with the idea. It is money in their pocket if they do. When people lose money in the market they cry the blues. When a Realtor says we have to reduce the price by 10, 20, 50 thousand dollars they shrug their shoulders and take the loss. And that is in after tax dollars!

Hi Tim, I Staged a house with tennants once. The landlord promised to reimburse 1/2 the last months rent if they kept the house in good order. It worked. Everyone loves an incentive. Let me know if this idea works for you.

Hi Suzy, the client replaced the light fixture himself. He was one handy lawyer. I gave them the code for the light fixture from Home Depot and they purchased it. You are right about the clutter. If there is clutter in one room, it is everywhere. The client spent 4 days decluttering before I got there and finished the laundry room for them. They had already decluttered before I came for the consultation too. So that makes it 6 days in total for decluttering.

 

 

 

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

Michelle,

Thanks for responding to my comment. I am surprised to hear that your client was handy enough to change out the light fixture!   Wow!  It is always more rewarding when the client rolls up their sleeves and willingly participates in the staging process.  And with the client spending 4 days - before you arrived for the consultation, that message is something that needs to be headlined among homeowners everywhere.  If homeowners want to get their homes sold, they need to devote time to decluttering their stuff that they've acquired over the years.  Great job!  

Suzy Minken

 

Posted by Suzy Minken, Your Win Win Realtor, Keller Williams Realty (Keller Williams Realty) over 10 years ago

Hi Suzy, I wanted to add one more thing regarding the decluttering process. Decluttering is often like when a someone has a cleaning lady in the home. The homeowner feels they have to clean before the cleaning lady arrives. In the case of Staging it is usually helpful for the Stager to see what the homeowners have in the home and if the Stager could find it useful in another room or to keep it for the Staging day. That way less inventory has to be rented from the Stager. Good news for the client. I can't tell you how many times I arrive to find every accessory has been sold, donated or packed away. I once arrived to find that several pieces of furniture that I could have used in the Staging had been moved more than 4 hours away and they didn't want to bring it back.  Always best to consult with the Stager in advance of decluttering. My clients budget is always first and foremost a concern for me.

It is best to remind the client that the TV shows neglect to show you that they have many people behind the scenes getting the property ready for the Staging day. To expect to be able to declutter a home that has been lived in for 5, 10, sometimes 50 years in one or two days is unrealistic and very stressful. I have done it, but it isn't recommended if you value your sanity!

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

Amazing what something so simple can make such a difference to that first impression. Faboo

Posted by Fernando Rosado, 561-906-0050 or 561-840-8950 over 10 years ago

Hey Fernando, thanks for stopping in to see my work. I know you of all people can appreciate what the smallest of changes can do to the look and feel of a room.

P.S. I am still scratching my head about your post in the bathroom.

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

Amazing what decluttering can do. Michelle as usual you've done a great job!

Posted by Tanya Venable, SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant over 10 years ago

Hi Tanya, Thank you for stopping in to see how much of a difference decluttering makes. It is second nature to me to have an organized home so it is a pleasure to show homeowners how easy it is to accomplish once they have been given some methods to keep all the clutter under control.

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

It looks much more warm and inviting.  Love the car logo!

Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 10 years ago

HI Cindy, Thanks for stopping in. This house sold last night while the other 9 in the neighbourhood are still for sale. Another successful Staging story. Yeah!!!!!!!!!  

The car logo was something that my business card designer did up for me. It was a fun way to get people to remember me. Can't wait to get the convertible out of storage this spring. As I sit here looking out the window, it's snowing again. Ah....springtime, just 6 weeks away. :)

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

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