Home Staging Tips: How to handle an awkward layout

Home Staging Tips: How to handle an awkward layout

We've all seen it before.  The 900 sq ft loft that is, in fact, 300 sq ft of hallway, and more bathrooms than any resident actually needs.  Or the oddly shaped corner condos which boast panoramic views. 

So you've got this long hallway, pie shaped condo.  Now what? 

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Design Love: Quick & Easy Living Room Make-Over

Design Love: Quick & Easy Living Room Make-Over

You just moved.  

You have a couch, which you spent a whole months earnings on when you got your first job.  

That has to stay.  

There's the coffee table you love. . . how do you take these simple peices, and turn them into a dream-worthy living room?

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Home Staging Check List: Kitchen

Home Staging Check List: Kitchen

The kitchen is often considered the heart of the home.  It's where families meet, food is prepared, and conversations happen.  A good kitchen is important to most buyers.  A kitchen should be clean, functional, and if you have the time / budget, stylish.  

We see so many cluttered, tidy kitchens,  Back to our previous post about entrances and clutter, it is important to clear off the counters.  Overflowing counters, crammed with tired appliances and overflowing compost is a sure sign that there isn't enough storage.  This may be the case, but you don't want to advertise this!

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Home Staging Check List: Living Room

Home Staging Check List: Living Room

Living rooms function differently for everyone.  Some families spend time in their living room, watching TV.  For others, it is a formal entertaining space.  You don't know who is going to walk through the door to look at your listing.  You can guess, but you can't know in absolutes.  

So how do you style your living room so that it attracts the widest pool of buyers?  Those who want to lounge, play, read, watch or rest?  

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Home Staging Check List: Entrance

Home Staging Check List: Entrance

The Entrance is the introduction to the rest of the space.  How your entrance is decorated (or not) sets the tone for what potential buyers will expect on their walk through.  Here is your opportunity to start off well, with a nice, clean introduction.  Home Staging helps sell.  Don't skimp on the details. 

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Home Staging Check List: 6 Easy Steps to Stage Your Bedroom

Home Staging Check List: 6 Easy Steps to Stage Your Bedroom

You walk into a home you are thinking about buying.  It’s a great layout, beautiful garden, totally turn-key.  Until you walk into the bedroom.  There’s a mattress on the floor, rumpled sheets, and a couple of tired looking pillows.  Is that. . .  could that be. . . are those . . . a couple of stray pubic hairs on the rumpled bedspread?!  Suddenly, this beautiful new (to you) house is looking less and less like your fairy-tale home, and more like a bad episode from the early seasons of Sex and the City.  You walk out, feeling like maybe the home wasn’t so clean.

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Insider Tips: DIY Staging

Insider Tips: DIY Staging

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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