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.  

Over here at Modern Staging | Spaces, we truly believe home staging is the best way to showcase the best features of your property.  When it comes down to it, you are not just selling a condo or a house, your are selling a lifestyle.  A well staged property should feel aspirational (as in, everyone who walks in the door loves it and wants that life!) as well as attainable (warm, inviting).  Staged homes sell faster, for more.  

So how do we do it?  

First, minor repairs or renovations.  If you're tired of the original vanity and dingy contractor grade paint, chances are buyers will shy away from those things too.  Is the layout awkward, with a too large hallway or a too small living room?  

Appropriately sized furniture with a cohesive design plan, set in the right place can show how to use even the most confusion of spaces.  

And finally, paint.  A fresh coat of paint makes all the difference in the world.  Don't skip the baseboards, they count.   The results speak for themselves. 

This Toronto condo had a gorgeous view of the city and lake, 2 huge bedrooms with en-suites, an office, and two parking spots.  The location was minutes from down-town.  It sat on the market for six months, unsold. 

After our work, this property was re-listed with a new realtor, and sold within 7 days

So what changed?  

We removed the heavy, dark furniture and started with a blank canvas.  We changed the layout and flow of the furniture, in order to showcase the spectacular view. The bedrooms were staged with luxurious looking bed sets, and the living room was styled with a lighter, more elegant looking furniture.  The colours stayed light and neutral.  We left lots of open space, so the condo felt roomy and bright.  Home Staging is more than just putting furniture in a vacant condo.  Our staging services showcase the best features of a property by using a carefully curated selection of furniture and accessories.  It's about knowing what the optimal layout is.  It's about having a sense of style, and translating your vision to an inspiring experience for potential buyers.

Click on any of the photos below to see more of this fantastic outcome:

realtor: ryan wykes and carl langscmidt   photographer : james burry   stager: michaela burns