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Professional Home Staging company servicing Ottawa and surrounding areas. Image Home Staging brings a trained objective eye and makes your property for sale look its very best.
Joanne Paquette, certified Home Stager and owner of Image Home Staging, specializes in effectively preparing and showcasing homes for sale so that they appeal to the widest array of buyers.
When it comes to selling your home, Image is everything! By staging your home with Image Home Staging, you will ensure that your biggest investment sells for top dollar in the least amount of time.
Canadian Staging ProfessionalsTM Program, Ottawa.
Interior Decorating Program, Sheffield School of Interior Design.
Staging Information & Services
Did you know that Staging:
* is all about first impressions! * is a simple and inexpensive way to update and spruce up your home. * involves the three Rs: Rearranging, Refreshing and Reducing. * neutralizes the home and creates an illusion of space. * makes your property more marketable by creating broad appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers. * provides a huge edge over the competition. * promotes the house as move-in ready and buyer friendly. * makes for beautiful advertising photos to attract serious buyers (77% of buyers search the Internet before deciding on which listings to view). * reduces stress on the homeowner. * helps your house sell faster in a slow market and for more money in a hot market.
Homes are designed for living, but houses are staged for selling. Staging can mean the difference between closing and losing a sale.
Our Home Staging Services:
Consultation: We will do an on-site evaluation, approximately 2-3 hours, and provide the homeowner with a comprehensive report (Room Ready HandbookTM) which includes a room by room checklist and addresses issues such as curb appeal, re-arrangement of furniture, cleanliness, clutter, lighting placement as well as paint and wallpaper neutralizing. Consultation fees start at $200 + GST. Many real estate agents offer this feature to their clients as a value-added service.
Staging of Lived-In Homes: Our staging work involves re-arranging and editing the homeowner's furniture and accessories as well as decluttering and cleaning up. We can do as little or as much as the clients want. The staging fees depend on the number of rooms being staged. They can be tailormade to suit any budget and will be less than a first price reduction. If needed, we offer a wide range of accessories and art at a nominal fee to update your decor and enhance your home's overall appeal.
Staging of Vacant Homes: Statistics show that 82% of vacant houses would sell faster if they were furnished. An empty room makes it hard for buyers to imagine the placement of their furniture or, at times, the intended use of the area. Only 10% of homebuyers can visualize the potential of a home. Vacant homes may also give the impression that the homeowner is anxious to sell, motivating the buyer to present a lower offer. By bringing in some rental furniture (a little goes a long way), the empty shell becomes a warm and inviting space. Our partnership with a national furniture rental company gives us competitive pricing and preferred terms which we will pass on to you.
Free Internet Advertising: All properties staged by Image Home Staging will have access to additional marketing exposure on the Canadian Staging ProfessionalsTM website (http://www.canadianstagingprofessionals.com/) under "Properties For Sale".
Dear Joanne, I thank you so much for the great staging job you did on my home. It looked amazing! It was so much fun working with you and Sherry. My husband and I believe that it was the staging job that sold the house. After three months on the market, the first viewing after the staging sold it! Thanks again! You did a terrific job! I will recommend you to friends and family. Sincerely, Melissa Conway Ottawa
Joanne, Thank you for your card. It was a pleasure working with you and my clients have liked your work a lot. I had an open house last Sunday and all visitors were appreciating the way the home was decorated. Thank you once again for an excellent job done and I will definitely put you on top of my list of all stagings.
Regards, Jack Uppal, Royal Lepage Team Realty
Joanne's expertise made the difference. After three months of trying to sell an empty condo unit, Joanne's expert guidance helped us find an affordable and attractive way to show our place to buyers. The unit sold in days and for nearly 100% of the asking price.
Regards, Tim Woods, Ottawa
Joanne, Thanks for all of your help in staging our home. The cost of staging was more than justified by the fact that we were able to sell our home ourselves for nearly 100% of asking price. (Although the house looked so great after staging that we were reluctant to part with it..) Great work!
Kory McDonald, Ottawa
I am so glad that I was introduced to 'home staging' and to Joanne. She worked with me and with my budget and my circumstances and made me feel very comfortable. I chose do as much as I could with the help of friends and family and followed Joanne's advice. My unit was on the market for 10 days (in December) and sold. I am delighted as a quick sale was one main factors for me to stage my home. In the meantime, I enjoy a clutter-free environment, which is a must during staging, and I now know more about decorating for when I move into my next home. Thank you so much Joanne!
Dear Joanne, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your home staging advice! We have lived in our home twenty years and loved it, however, we wanted to sell it as quickly as possible and wanted other people to love it as much! I greatly appreciated your professional manner, diplomatic and tactful way to explain the changes we should make to our home, that would be beneficial to the sale of our house. My husband was a little skeptical that 'home staging' would make a difference. I insisted that we do as you suggested: we painted, de-cluttered and re-arranged furniture. We are pleased to say that our house sold in two days! Now my husband is the person advocating the benefits of home staging! Keep up the great work!
Lise and Sylvain Croussette, Ottawa
Dear Joanne, Thank you so much for your your help in preparing our house for sale. We implemented your great suggestions to enhance the appearance of our home and, with minimal fuss and expense, our house was transformed and looked terrific. We are happy to say that, on the first day of the listing, we received two offers above asking price. We are convinced that staging was instrumental in selling our home quickly. We would definitely recommend staging to anyone considering selling their home.
A. Petti, Ottawa
Joanne, we are so happy with what you and your assistant did for us. It was a daunting task for me to 'take this house and sell it' with little resources and not know where to start. I found you on the Internet -- I was impressed with your advertisement and also when we met for the consultation. You answered all our questions and that's when we decided to hire you.
When I first saw the house after it was staged, I was amazed! I knew it would be beautiful but WOW... it was that and more -- my parents' house was on the market for almost a month-and-half but SOLD within one week of your hard work and magic by IMAGE HOME STAGING! The first Open House went extremely well -- lots of oooohhhhhs and aaaahhhhhs--my daughter and I walked around for a while to enjoy the beauty of the home and to hear what guests had to say--all great comments. There was soft music playing, Timbits and bottled water. At the 2nd open house we got 2 offers and the house was sold the next day--for above asking price! Our real estate agent is quite surprised, pleased and impressed -- she enjoyed showing the home very much after you staged it. Everyone I've sent the MLS link to couldn't believe the transformation (it was a great before-and-after)! You and your assistant did a fabulous job! Many people asked who did the staging and we were glad to share your name.
We tell everyone that if it wasn't for your hard work and talent, the house would still be for sale or we'd have to lower the price quite a bit. What really impressed ME is how pleasant and easy it was to work with you. I think we took all your suggestions and when I was so stressed before the first open house, you offered to come by and make sure everything was OK (even watering the plants and taking in the mail). Your tasteful, colourful, and personal touches were what impressed everyone and sold the house!! So, thanks again for all you've done for us. My parents can now move to the next stage of their lives and not worry anymore. You are a lifesaver and we thank you for your support and great work. I wish you continued success Joanne.
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