Staging - Personal Photos

One thing you should always do when selling your home is take down your family photos.  Buyers have a hard time picturing themselves living in your home when they are reminded of the family that currently lives there.  You also don't want them spending their time focusing on your photos rather than the features of the home. Pretty sure you'd prefer they were checking out the awesome fireplace rather than commenting on Uncle Harry's flowing locks.... ;)


Agree? Ok, good!

Now here's a solution for you if you have family pictures hanging on the wall. Rather than taking down the frames and replacing it with artwork, just add some scrapbook paper or fabric in place of the pictures. Instant artwork, and you can leave all the pictures in the frames for you when you move.

Here's what I did in our place when we listed...


I kept all the pictures in the frames and just put scrapbook paper that tied in with my decor over the pictures....


Quick fix and won't cost you a new piece of artwork :)


Why Does my House Have to be Perfect Before I List it?

Ok, but seriously now....:)

If you were going to try and sell your vehicle, you would want it to look perfect, right? I am going to assume (dangerous, I know!) that you would take all your possessions out, any garbage, and give it a good cleaning before showing it to any potential buyers.  You would take the steps necessary to ensure you got the most money back as possible.  And the thing with a vehicle is, its not usually a good investment. Meaning that it depreciates in value as time goes by.

Now think about your house.  It is most likely the largest investment you have ever or will ever make.  It is the opposite of your vehicle.  It depends on the market you are in, but as time goes by your house will increase in value.  It will increase even more if you take good care of it.  It will increase more than that if you complete the right renovations.

So why wouldn't you want to do everything you possibly could to make sure that value isn't compromised when people come to view it?

Potential buyers are going to view your house and decide if they can see themselves living there.  When they have decided that they can, they are going to be looking for any imperfections or downfalls that they can use to lower your asking price.  If your house is perfect, you have the negotiating power, not them.

Why does your house have to be perfect? So that you get the most money out of your biggest investment.  Can you really afford for it not to be perfect?

Stay tuned for some tips on how to make your house perfect before listing or give me a call and I would be happy to help.

Have a great weekend!

I don't need to stage, my house is empty

So you've moved out of your home into a new one. Perfect, that leaves your house empty and you don't need to worry about staging or any of that jazz before you list it.  Wrong! Staging a vacant property is just as vital as staging an occupied home.  Here's why.... 1) 9 out of 10 people are not able to visualize the potential of the home when it is empty.  When you add furniture, artwork and accessories the buyers will have visual reference points to compare their own furnishings to, making it much easier to see themselves living there.

2) Your house needs to feel like a home to make that emotional connection with the buyers.  An empty house does not feel inviting or cozy.  Staging creates the feeling of home with the use of props and accessories and appeals to the largest market of potential buyers.

3) The focal points of the rooms are not as noticeable without furniture.  In staging, the furniture and accessories are used to draw attention to the right focal points of each room, such as the fireplace or a great window.  The furniture is also used to take the attention away from any drawbacks of the house, like a long and narrow living room.  Instead of feeling like you're in a bowling alley, staging can make it seem wider and more functional, rather than awkward and difficult to arrange furniture in.

Here are some examples of vacant rooms we have staged...

After staging, the fireplace is the focal point of the room and buyers can easily see themselves sitting together in front of the fire on a cold winter night.

After staging, a buyer can see that there is plenty of room for a queen set, but also room for their king set if they have one.

Make sense? Good ;)

Need some help understanding what staging does for your property? Call Colette at 403-505-3638 or email at

Happy Monday!

There are toys everywhere!!!

Ok, fellow mothers and fathers of little people, this is for you.  I don't know about you, but in my house, with a 2 yr old and 3 yr old, we have a lot of toys!  I have accepted the fact that there are going to be a lot of toys, and that they will be around for a long time.  I am not okay with the fact that all of these said toys were produced in only primary colors. I mean seriously, can just one toy fit in with my color scheme?  No? Okay, so that only leaves me with one option....concealed storage! It's especially important for us to have concealed storage right now with our house on the market.  Potential buyers don't want to see my kids stuff everywhere, especially if they don't have kids of their own.  I want them to be able to picture themselves having movie night cuddled up on the couch in front of the big screen, not feeling like they are at a daycare when there are toys everywhere.

How many of you are sick of looking at your kids toys everywhere?  Or maybe your house is on the market or you are considering selling in the near future. Here are some pretty and fun solutions for every room in the house.....

Our toys seem to migrate into every room, especially the living room.  I love the pretty lace basket, toys never looked so good.

My kids also like to keep some toys in their bedrooms.  That's fine and dandy except that they don't have a ton of room to store them.  In comes the storage bin that slides right under the bed.  Done and done.

The family room is where the majority of the toys are kept.  It's also the room where we relax and watch TV and where our office is.  It needs to function as all 3 spaces, so when playtime is over, I don't want to see any toys.  This cabinet is great for hidden storage and I like that you can add some decor to the open shelving.

I love these storage bags, very functional but oh so stylish.

The toys are here to stay, but they aren't going to stand in the way of how I decorate my home or affect the possible sale of my home.  For some other great ideas, shoot me an email and I would be happy to help!

Have a great weekend!


My house feels so empty!

I hear this a lot from my clients once we are done staging their home for sale.  "My house seems so empty now! Is this right?"  The answer is Yes!

The goal of staging is to make your house appeal to the largest market of buyers possible.  This is achieved by de-cluttering, removing personal items/collections and placing furniture in a way that best suits the room.   When you live in your home, you become accustomed to the way it looks and functions for you living there.  The way you decorate is based on your own personal taste. The way you set up your room is based on your own personal preferences and functionality that suits your day to day life.  This works for you as a homeowner, but does not always work for the home buyer.

A buyer needs to be able to envision living in your house.  They need to see that there is a lot of space, plenty of room for their furnishings and belongings.  They can't do that when the house is full of your furnishings and belongings.  You want the features of the home to stand out more than the contents.   Make the fireplace the focal point of your living room rather than the television.  Move your bed so that buyers can see the large window in the master.  Staging is not meant to make you feel like you are at home, it is meant to make the buyers feel like they could be at home there.

It will feel like your home is empty because it lacks your own personality and extra functional items you like to have.  But it will make it so much easier for potential buyers to see themselves making your house their home.  Simpler is better when it comes to staging your home for sale.  And it will make selling your home so much easier and it will happen a lot faster.

Look at the difference staging made in this bedroom for a client of mine.

There were a lot of personal items and extra storage pieces in this room.  There is no focal point in the room either and the way the bed was positioned made the room feel a lot smaller than it really was.

Now look at it after staging...

With some de-cluttering and a new floor plan, this room seems way larger and the window now becomes the focal point of the room. You really notice the architectural detail now as well.

So remember, make the features of the home standout, not the contents.

Have a great weekend!