Here are some photo's of a recent Condo Staging Project. It had been on the market as a Vacant home, but because of its layout, people struggled to see its potential. With furnishings added, it will be easier to imagine themselves living comfortably. It is for sale at 4891 Trinity Way, Regina, SK.
Here is our New Showhome built in Pilot Butte by NewRock Developments and staged as a Showsuite for future townhouses. This is the testimonial from the Marketing Director:
"We had Dianne and her team at Simply Stunning Designs stage one of our brand new showhomes in Pilot Butte and it was fantastic. They nailed all of the little details. The home looked both extremely presentable and had just the right amount of "lived in." Our sales team will be using this home to even greater effect after having Simply Stunning do their thing. For your next staging or design project be sure to give them a call" -- Kaleb Motz, Marketing Director, NewRock Developments.
This small home was ready for sale, cleaned and staged to appeal to the broadest range of clients. It sold within days, but that sale fell through because the owners had not put their finances in order. It went back on the market and sold again within a few weeks. The owners loved the staging and have said they believe that's why it sold so fast in a huge buyers market!
A new client called for a consultation and wanted me to add some accessories and a few pieces of furniture to help show her home at its best! When we were finished she wrote to me: I love what you did. You did way more than what you verbalized the day we met, and I was a little worried that it would be enough. It looks awesome now that it's all put together. Thank you so much.
Here is a large sunny Condo, available at the very desirable Evraz place across from Wascana Park. The owner commented that she absolutely loved how the Staging Design made her home look so bright and beautiful. The Realtor and her client who bought this Condo also commented how lovely this looked, and hired me for more work.
I see so many homes listed on MLS that could have used some good advice to make them look appealing in the Photo's. These are the first impressions buyers see before they decide which houses to look at. A staging consultation could have helped them.
Staging isn't decorating. It isn't about putting a few cushions and pictures in place. It isn't about adding fluff. A consultation can help you understand what to do to make your house appealing to a new buyer who is most likely one or two generations younger. It starts with curb appeal. Then it gives details for what to do in each room of your house. A consultation can be your best guide to the stressful process of getting ready to move. Your move needs to begin mentally, before the sale of your home can get underway. Once you have a plan, you can take the time needed to do repairs, upgrades, cleaning and packing, so that buyers will be interested in purchasing your home. If needed, furnishings can be brought in to emphasize the focal points and function of each space, and to create good flow and proper lighting. As a professionally trained Stager I can help you with that.
According to many surveys over the last decade, proper staging has been shown to increase the sales price over non-staged homes by an average of 6.9 percent, with 40 percent fewer days on the market. Best of all, most of the items we look at can be taken care of at little or no cost.
A consultation is the first key needed to get ready for a sale. Call me!
Modern art and accessories can attract people to have the feeling that this is the way they would love to live. Even if their own furnishings don't look like this, the idea of open, modern and beautiful can encourage them to buy the home.
Before and after photos of a family home in Regina, SK. The rooms were painted to help them look brighter and give them wider appeal. Then they were Staged to help show off the focal points in each room, or to show how spacious and diverse the home could be! This home had been on the market for 6 months before I was called for help. After painting and staging it sold within a month. Shout out to Realtor - Ryan Biberdorf!
Here is a beautiful condo at 1204 Gryphons Walk, a lovely neighbourhood near Wascana Lake. I advised the owners to paint the whole upper level a fresh lighter colour, as well as paint the tiles around the fireplace to be a more neutral look for the new owners. I also advised them to install a new light fixture. It helped to make the whole Condo look brighter and more inviting. Then I added just enough furniture, accessories and extra lighting to show off each space. The Realtor and owners were extremely happy with the new look as they had been trying to sell it 'as is' since spring. This house sold just before Christmas. I wish I could have helped them in the spring!
Repairs, upgrades, painting, packing – Where do you start??
Do you call your kids, friends, handyman, realtor? Who gives the best advice? How long does it take to sell?
Selling a home is never easy. The main criteria have always been location, size, and price but never before have presentation and condition been as important as they are today. 95% of buyers are shopping first on the Internet and “driving-by” properties in a “click.” Without a doubt, appealing website photos are the key to attracting buyer traffic. Then, when buyers visit the property they form first and lasting impressions within seconds. 90% of the population cannot visualize how a home will look with their own furniture, and they base their judgements solely on what they see and how they feel. Research is proving that emotions play a much larger part of the decision making process than previously assumed.
As professional home stagers, our role is to collaborate with home sellers and Realtors to prepare properties for the marketplace to sell for top dollar as quickly as possible. This is impossible without thorough attention to condition issues and enhanced presentation.
We do a room by room walk-thru and advise a client about paint colours, if needed, repair or replacement of fixtures, and give added value by recommending trusted businesses and tradespeople if necessary. Also, if any purchases are required, I pass my Designer Discounts on to the homeowners.
In Occupied homes we tell you what to pack and what to use to enhance each room for the best viewing by potential buyers.
In Vacant homes we can bring in enough furnishings to make them look comfortable and inviting.
RESA Statistics 2016 The Real Estate Staging Association, recently released their Home Staging Statistics Report, based on home staging statistics self-reported by professional home stagers nationally. Homes staged before listing sell 90% faster than homes listed on the MLS unstaged. Unstaged homes spent an average of 184 Days On Market (DOM). That’s more than 6 months! Once those same homes were staged, they sold, on average, in 41 days. However, homes that were staged prior to listing sold, on average, in 23 days!
I have been staging homes in Regina and area for over 10 years, and have helped countless homeowners update and sell their properties. My assistants and I have each been trained through Certified Staging Professionals, and bring the best practices to help sell properties faster and for higher profits.
This cute little 2 bedroom house was stripped to its studs, then rebuilt with wood, concrete, beautiful sinks and tiles, and lots of love, to attract a young couple or small family. The Barnwood Decor has rustic appeal, and I Staged it with an eclectic mix of Burlap, Faux Cowhide, a Root Table, Full Moon Painting, Studded Stools, and touches of Greenery.
All items can be purchased.
This is our newest Staging project in the Condo Building at 2300 Broad Street, 3rd Floor - it has an excellent view of the Downtown Skyline.
I meet with clients at the home they want to sell, and find out the demographics for the area, the size and shape of the rooms and what the client needs for furnishings. I can then draw up a plan to give them a few choices of what the costs of Staging their home would be.
During the last 20 minutes of my consults I sit down with my clients and help them create a short bullet list of the top prep-projects (homework) that I feel are in their best interests to do. This list is about focusing my client’s efforts on the specific tasks that will make the most significant difference in the actual sale of their home. IE: painting, updating fixtures, clearing clutter, reducing, repairs, etc. Next, we discuss how much time they may need to complete their chosen projects, and how I can be a support to those efforts. IE: choosing their colours, shopping for them, lining up trade referrals to help. While the client’s prep-projects are underway, I regularly check-in to cheer them on and congratulate them on their accomplishments. Once all their ‘homework’ is done, I go back to the house (with any purchased accessories) and do my final staging.
This Condo was ready to rent, but vacant pictures do not show well in photos. In order to advertise each space well, it needed some staging. It had multiple showings and was rented 2 weeks after the photos were put on Kijiji.
A calming environment can start with a new rug. Soft fabrics can help keep sounds from echoing. Then bring in soft and colourful throws and cushions to update your room and add comfort.
If you have a mishmash of furniture bought, given and handed down, an easy way to keep things from looking jumbled is to figure out which pieces of furniture could work together, like side tables that are the same height, and paint them the same colour.
Add a distinctive non traditional scent that reminds you of your home - and only your home - and you can leave work, traffic jams and rude people behind as soon as you walk through the door.
Use lamps, uplights and side lights to create enough light in each room for your needs. An overhead light is usually not enough. Boosting light in the middle of the day could help you feel healthier, especially in winter.
Use paint to create a calm atmosphere. Most people prefer a pale grey with hints of red in it! This colour goes well with warm brown tones in wood floors or furnishings. It is also easy to add colourful accessories to brighten the room, and to make it comfortable and Serene.
SETTING THE RIGHT STAGE for selling a home is essential for a fast sale, especially in summer when buyers are out in droves and rushing to find the right home due to relocating or setting up house before the beginning of the next school year. If your home is not ready for a showing, whether because the yard is in poor shape, the house is cluttered or because you haven't made necessary repairs, the potential buyer will likely move on to the next house for sale, leaving yours to sit on the market.
Here are three essential staging tips:
1. Maintain curb appeal. The outside of the house is just as important as the inside. It is the first thing a prospective buyer will see. An overgrown, dishevelled front yard might inspire a potential buyer to keep driving. When showing your house, always keep the lawn and bushes manicured and plant flowers, keeping in mind that yellow flowers stimulate buying impulses.
2. Make it clutter free. The most inexpensive thing you can do to make your home ready to show is to clean up the clutter and show lots of useable space. For example, if you tend to keep small appliances and Utensils on the counter-tops, store them in the cupboards so people can see the greatest amount of available counter space.
3. Make the home easily accessible for showings. Buyers, especially those ready to make an offer, want to see the home when it is convenient for them. The most qualified buyers are often those on a short trip to an area before a corporate move, who must find a house quickly during that trip. If your home isn't available to show, the agent will just move on to another house.
Staging a home is like framing a piece of art. It helps people to overcome any drawbacks they might see in a vacant property. People look at vacant homes differently. They are looking at the bare walls and there's no emotional connection.
In contrast, when a vacant property has been staged with furniture and accessories, it adds warmth back to the property and helps people to see the vacant house as more of a home. Ideally, the furniture will embrace the home without distracting from it.
Here is an example of a small home that was made to look more attractive by Staging it with enough furniture to make it look inviting, warm, and colourful.
Home staging is a real estate marketing tool that rockets homes to the top of a must see list for targeted buyers.
As your real estate agent helps you prepare your home for sale, she or he may mention using the services of a professional home stager. I work with many agents who even offer my staging consultations as part of their services. Here are reasons why top-rated agents say that staging works to sell homes:
Home staging has proven results
Homes staged before hitting the market sell, on average, 73 percent faster than their unstaged counterparts, according to the Real Estate Staging Association.
But if you're concerned about whether to spend a few hundred or several thousand dollars on staging, weigh the cost against the additional mortgage payments and possible price reductions that may result if your home lingers on the market.
Be aware, too, that following an initial consultation, a professional stager can scale services to fit your needs and budget. Often, a stager will provide a list of suggested actions and improvements and it's your choice how many to act upon.
Location is important, but it's not everything
Even a stellar location and listing price can't guarantee that your house will be snapped up quickly. The benefit of staging is that it complements the features already embedded in your home's appeal, such as the architecture and neighborhood, and can create the lasting impression needed to inspire offers.
Clearing clutter is just the start
Staging your home is about more than reducing clutter and "depersonalizing" your space so that buyers can imagine themselves living in it. A staging professional can create a space that will be marketable to the largest possible audience.
Even if you are a decor-savvy homeowner with a great sense of style, it's important to note that the benefits of staging go beyond simply making a space attractive. A professional who understands what buyers want can present alternatives -- such as furniture placement and paint colours, for example -- that can make your home appear larger, more open and attractive to buyers.
A picture is worth a thousand words
Most home buyers begin their search online. Without an attractive digital presence, your home may be passed over at first glance. Staging your home can lead to wonderful photos that give you the visual edge you need to get buyers through the door. Knowing the strengths of your property and highlighting them from the moment you list will provide a significant advantage, regardless of current market conditions.
When you have decided you are going to sell your home, call me for a consultation to help you get it ready for the fastest, most profitable sale.
Dianne Thompson, www.simplystunningdesigns.ca
TWO WORKSHOPS - HOW TO REDESIGN A ROOM
APRIL 7th, 7 - 9:30 and APRIL 17th, 2 - 4:30
You will leave this workshop with the best ideas on how to redesign your room based on the following points:
• Colour Planning
• Furniture Placement
• Feng Shui
• How to de-clutter
• Accessories & Lighting
Bring an image from each corner of the room you would like to Redesign.
Refreshments & Appetizers Provided
Dianne Thompson is a certified Staging Professional, Interior Designer, Artist, and Owner/Operator of Simply Stunning Designs with combined experience of over 30 years. She has taken courses in Staging, Interior Design, Floral Arrangements, Woodworking, Upholstery, Sewing, Willow Chair Design, Faux Art, Feng Shui, Curb Appeal, Garden Design, Photography for Staging, and also dozens of short classes to run a successful business.
Call 306-581-7750 or 306-585-0775 to register.