Before and after photos of a family home at 67 Edenwold Crescent 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!
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 brighter 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 was extremely happy with the new look as she had been trying to sell it 'as is' since spring. The owners are Antique collectors, yet they loved the new look too!
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.
When Sellers decide to hire a Realtor they usually have researched and hired one because they feel they can trust that agent. The agent prepares a marketing plan and home staging is a very important part of that plan. Sellers normally pay for Home Staging services. However in some situations, Realtors have made arrangements to pay part of the cost when the home sells faster and for higher profits than originally listed.
Because Home Staging is a powerful selling tool, I encourage sellers to view Home Staging as an investment on their ultimate profit, rather than viewing it as an expense.
Think about this: if you are carrying the costs associated with owning a home while on the market, such as mortgage, property taxes, home owner's insurance, fuel, electricity, interior and exterior maintenance (think mowing and/or snow removal), that adds up. Add in price reductions (many times unnecessary if Staged properly to begin with), and the cost of Home Staging is small compared to the costs associated with carrying the home from month to month while it's on the market.
If a homeowner would sell their property quicker for more money because they decided to stage wouldn't that be considered an investment?
What are costs associated with selling a home? Realtor fees, cleaning crew, home inspectors, other inspections, escrow fees, title fees. Do these fees increase the value of a home? NO. Staging does, and more and more agents make this a requirement when they discuss a listing agreement.
The seller usually pays for the staging to improve their home, and the home sells faster and for higher profit! For more information on Staging or Redesign check my website at www.simplystunningdesigns.ca
There are so many tasks a homeowner needs to accomplish when they are getting ready to sell their home. I have been Staging homes for sale for almost a decade in Regina, and love to see the transformation that happens when a home goes from the disruption of Clutter and Chaos to Calm and Inviting.
There are many repairs, refreshing and repainting tasks that should be completed so that the new owners feel the home is move in ready. If these are not completed buyers will be looking for ways to cut the asking price and bargain on anything they see that needs work. Regina is in the midst of a buyers market and the competition is New Homes built on speculation.
The biggest mistake people make is not emotionally disconnecting from their house. When a seller decides to sell their home, it is no longer their “home,” It’s now a commodity. It’s difficult to objectively view your own home and the contents in it. Not decluttering, depersonalizing and preparing the home so it looks like a showcase are a mistake. 95% of buyers look online first and good photos determine the homes buyers are going to visit.
The best way to decide what needs to be accomplished before putting your home on the market is to call for a Stager! Check out my website for more information. www.simplystunningdesigns.ca
Simply Stunning Designs Home Staging & Redesign will work with your seller to develop a home plan and proposal based on their budget that will ensure a quicker sale, which means a better price. The Realtor, seller and buyer all benefit from having a home that is in good condition, updated and move in ready.
According to the National Association of Realtors the average staging investment is between 1 and 3 percent of the home's asking price, which generates a return of 8 to 10 percent! Whatever amount is put in per the stagers advice, should see a large return on investment. Some of the best returns come from updated flooring, freshly painted walls, and organized storage space - like transitions from cupboard doors to drawers.
Staging is a science and an art. We help the owner understand how to merchandise the property and its primary features, and keep it in prime condition until it is sold. We work at understanding the psychology of what makes a buyer "fall in love" with a place. People buy aspirationally - everyone wants to have a better life!
More and more Realtors are using Stagers to help their clients prepare their homes for marketing. When they understand all that needs to be done, and have prepared, the Photo's of each beautiful room can be taken and will bring buyers to the online site, and then to the home.
For more information, and to book a consultation, get in touch with me through my website: www.simplystunningdesigns.ca
Moving is right at the top when it comes to most people’s list of stressful situations. But a little organization goes a long way in making the move go smoothly.
Start now. Remember that you are paying for each item you move, not only in the time it takes to pack and unpack it, but also by the space it takes up in the moving truck. Why pay to move something you don’t really need? You’ll be busy when you move into your new home, and will probably put off going through those ‘deal with them later’ boxes indefinitely.
1.Take pictures of all the large items you know will not work or fit in your next home and post them on one of the resale sites online, like Kijiji, Craigslist or Ebay.
2.Go through your house one room at a time and get rid of the no-brainers first. No-brainers are items you don’t have to think twice about letting go of, like torn towels, chipped plates and broken electronics (if you haven’t fixed them by now, trust me, you probably never will).
3.Do some research ahead of time and decide where you will take your discarded items. Although some things will be garbage, most items can be donated or recycled.
4.Fight the ‘what if I need it someday’ fear. If you haven’t used it in a year, chances are you never will. For example, we wear only 20% our clothes 80% of the time.
5.Be prepared; set up your supplies in advance. For the de-cluttering process, you will need bins, sticky notes (for labeling) and garbage bags. Use bins to do the initial sort; label them ‘donate’, ‘sell’, ‘recycle’ and ‘toss’ and ‘keep’. When the bins get full, transfer the contents into bags. Use clear bags for items that will be donated and opaque bags for garbage, so there’s no confusion. Give yourself a deadline on the ‘sell’ items and have a plan for the items that don’t sell (i.e. donate). Transfer the ‘keep’ items directly into the moving boxes.
6.Get the whole family involved. Everyone should make decisions on their own things when it comes to determining what to keep and what to let go of.
I happened to be home when Oprah was on a few weeks ago. The topic was Makeunders. Women who needed less not more. But this also applies to homes. Nate Berkus did a room Makeunder and it inspired me!
When Staging an occupied home to sell, every room needs a makeunder. The less of you, the quicker your home will sell. The bigger and more spacious your home looks the higher it's perceived value.
This means it's really important to edit your stuff so what's really important greets you (and your buyers) when you walk in the door. You want your homes' features to shine, you want buyers to say AHH!
The trouble is we tend to keep adding stuff to our homes and don't stop to edit.
I compare it to getting dressed. You've got a great look going but then you keep adding accessories to your outfit. A scarf or two. All of a sudden your great look gets lost. No one will be able to focus on that perfect necklace or pair of shoes because there's too much to look at.
The best outfits are the ones with a simple color palette. A nice pair of jeans, a contrasting top and jacket and some great accent jewelry and shoes.
Your home is no different. It's an extension of who you are but it shouldn't be the catchall for everything you've ever wanted to bring home. Layering is wonderful but you have to know when to stop before your look gets lost.
Start with one room. Treat it like an extension of yourself. How would you dress it?
10 Easy Tips to "Make Under" Your Home
- Keep it simple, Pick one or two main colors for your walls and floor. The fewer colors the more spacious your home will look.
- Pick a third and fourth (if desired) accent color. Use these colors sparingly.
- Keep your surfaces consistent. Walls should be the same material on all the walls if possible. Floors also. Keep flooring consistent throughout the house.
- Group your family photos on one wall and use similar frames and mats to keep a unified look. Edit your photos first and keep only the ones you love.
- Group your plants also. Your plants will thrive and it reduces watering time. Toss out any that are unhealthy or dying.
- If a room has more than one use make sure there's a dedicated space for each use. Screens or dividers can help separate living from office or exercise space.
- Keep your window treatments clean and simple. Heavy window treatments that cut down on light can overpower a room. Invest in some light colored curtain panels instead hung on a simple pole. These look great over inexpensive 2" blinds.
- Remove area rugs on carpet. Visually they cut up the floor space and make the room feel smaller.
- Edit your collections. Keep only pieces you love on display. Again grouping them will create impact and reduce visual busy-ness.
- Keep it to 5. When in doubt, keep no more than 5 toys or 5 plants or 5 pillows or 5 frames or 5 lamps for example in a room at one time. If you want to add a new piece, take out an old one.
Remember keep it simple. Whether you are getting ready to sell your home or just want to live lighter, a professional home staging consultation can help you with your "makeunder".
Information for this article was obtained from: http://www.hamptonredesign.com/
Though the Movers and Stagers handle the heavy lifting and furniture set up, there is still work ahead. Dozens of boxes need to be unpacked. Here are tips from the trenches on how to efficiently unpack and set up house:
Address function first: Eat, sleep, bathe. These are the essentials. Shoot to have the basics in place in kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms first. (When packing Write “first” on the boxes with essential items in each of those areas that you will need to open right away, like the one with the coffee maker and the corkscrew.)
Work big to small: Once your big pieces are where you want them, and your basic living areas — closets, baths, kitchens — are in order, work your way down to little stuff. Don’t hang art or place lamps or accessories until rooms have the right furniture flow.
Don’t default decorate: Just because you have always put the candelabra on the coffee table, does not mean it can’t go on the kitchen table or bedroom dresser. Try to view your items through the fresh eyes of the home-staging fairies. Shake stuff up.
Deboxify: As you empty a box, break it down to recycle. I get a huge feeling of satisfaction when flattened empty boxes pile up.
There’s a saying in Real Estate, that ’First impressions last’. In the elite section of the marketplace, that saying is truer than ever.Read More