Preparing to Sell: The DIY

Preparing your home for sale can be a daunting task.  And it can be expensive!  By the time you’ve paid the kennel to keep your pooch out of sight, had a cleaner through, and planned for Toronto’s notorious land transfer tax, you could be in the hole tens of thousands.  

But putting up an messy or unclean listing can cost you just as much when it comes to the sale price.  Think of it this way: buyers like new, clean things.  Like hotels, and new shoes.  They don’t love cat litter and pasta noodles in the sink.

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How to Get That Magazine Look: Custom Furniture

Working on a decorating project for a client, I wanted to find that perfect couch.  Something lush, with diamond tufts.  Maybe feeling like a deco library couch.   I had seen them in magazines, and loved the look.  

So I started shopping.  Wouldn’t you know it, but I could not find the style in the dimensions and colour that I wanted.  Not a single store in the Big Smoke carried just want I wanted.  Decorators can be pretty picky when it comes to the details, and retail stores just weren’t cutting it.

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Everyone Loves Staging Before & After Photos

Everyone Loves Staging Before & After Photos

It's almost like an addiction to HGTV makeover shows, combined with celebrity gossip.  Who doesn't love seeing worst case scenarios, made over to stunning results?!  Plus, when you get a sneak peek inside someone else's house, you often realize your own Tupperware drawer isn't all that bad.  Here's one project that went from cluttered and dark to bright and stunning...

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To Stage or Not to Stage

To Stage or Not to Stage

It is a common question: what is the value of home staging?  Home staging can mean many different things, to many different people.   To most realtors and homeowners, it just means putting away your personal belongings, cleaning the pasta noodles out of the sink, and leaving the dog at a friends house during the open house. 

Not so...

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