burlington home stager: Selling Your Home? Tips On Preparing It For The Spring Housing Market - 03/19/09 01:22 PM

Spring is in the air - finally!  After a long, cold winter, everyone is now coming out of hibernation and winter survival mode.  Spring is a time for new beginnings.  For some, new beginnings will include purchasing a new home.
Since it just happens to be a buyer's market at the moment, what better time.  There will be plenty of people out there looking and if serious, buying.  If your house is on the market, are you prepared for this?
Here are some things that you can do now to get your home ready for the spring housing market: 
 
-          Pack away … (10 comments)

burlington home stager: Feng Shui It! Part 2: How To Improve The Love & Marriage Area Of Your Life - 03/11/09 11:59 AM
 
Whether you are selling your home or improving it for your own enjoyment, the principles of Feng Shui can be very useful.  In Part 1 of our Feng Shui It! series [How To Improve The Career Area of Your Life], we discussed how to divide your floor plan into the 8 life areas as represented by the Bagua Map.  If you haven't read it yet or want a refresher, you should probably read it now before continuing with Part 2, so that you'll have a better understanding of how this translates to your particular floor plan.  I'll wait here while … (7 comments)

burlington home stager: Feng Shui It: Introduction. How To Improve ... - 02/28/09 03:24 AM

Feng Shui [pronounced Fung Shway].  The name keeps appearing throughout the design industry in both print and on television.  Is it a trendy gimmick, or is there more to it?
Well, it certainly isn't the new kid on the block so to speak.  Feng Shui has been around for several thousand years since the time of the Han Dynasty in China.  It's definitely not a passing fad.
When I first signed up for training to become a Feng Shui Design Professional, I must admit that I was somewhat sceptical about all of this "Fung Shooey" stuff.  That being said, I … (13 comments)

burlington home stager: HGTV's The Stagers - They're Back! Season 2 Announcement - 02/18/09 11:44 AM
 
[Photo from HGTV's website]
 
That's right.  Your favourite home staging television show is returning for Season 2.  Here are the tentative premiere dates:
HGTV Canada - Premiere airs April 1, 2009 at 10:30 p.m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET
HGTV USA - Premier airs April 6, 2009 at 10:30 p. m. PT / 8:30 p.m. ET
I've heard through associates of mine that work with the show that there have been some major changes to this season.  The producers have been listening to feedback and have incorporated some of the concerns and highlights from blogs on the Active Rain … (18 comments)

burlington home stager: Giving Back To The Community - How It Became So Much More. - 01/26/09 08:00 AM
 
[Photo from Starlight Canada's website.]
When I started up my business almost three years ago, I knew at some point I would want to find an organization to support - one that was special to me.  I've been looking for quite some time for a charity that would just jump out and "speak to me".
There are SO many wonderful organizations out there so it became tough to choose one, but I finally came across a charity that just felt right for me.  That organization is Starlight Children's Foundation.  Starlight touches the lives of seriously ill children and their families by providing support and a little break from the … (14 comments)

burlington home stager: What To Look For When Choosing A Home Stager - 01/23/09 03:40 PM
                 
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With the growing number of home staging training schools popping up to make a fast buck, the result is a glut of "Home Stagers" in the marketplace with absolutely no experience and no idea of where to start.  Are you willing to put your client's largest investment into the hands of someone without the expertise necessary to get the results you need?  This could turn out to be a very costly mistake.  
Here are some things to keep in mind when selecting a Home Stager:
  LOWEST QUOTE/FREE CONSULTATIONS   Beware of Home Stagers that come in at a … (44 comments)

burlington home stager: My Favourite Home Staging Transformation of 2008 - 12/29/08 10:40 AM
It's hard to believe that in 2 more days 2008 will be but a memory.  Where does the time go?  In reflecting over the year, I have met many wonderful people that have welcomed me into their homes and put their trust in me to help get their largest investment (their home) ready for sale.  They had many different reasons for moving, but one thing they all had in common was their determination to get their properties looking their best.  I also had the privilege of working with some amazing real estate agents this year.      
Kathy Nielsen of Georgia Home Solutions LLC, has encouraged all of … (19 comments)

burlington home stager: 'Twas The Night Before Staging - 12/18/08 11:02 AM
 
 ‘Twas the night before staging and all through my head,
danced visions of accessories in my favourite red.
The only one awake, just me and my notions,
whirling round my head, stirring up emotions.
If only I could sleep, for the alarm will soon ring.
But I'm wondering what tomorrow will bring.
On staging eve, a sleepless night.
I want to make sure the job's done just right.
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 The alarm goes off, now staging day is here.
Will I be too tired? Of course not - never fear.
The weather man threatened to dump lots … (20 comments)

burlington home stager: HGTV's The Stagers - *** NEWSFLASH *** - 09/24/08 09:14 AM

[Photo from HGTV's website]
Great news for those that love HGTV's The Stagers.  I just wanted to share with everyone that it has been picked up for Season 2.  It's official!!!  For my fellow Stagers on Active Rain that contacted HGTV with your comments and support for the show, I'm sure you helped make it happen.
Check out The Stagers' Facebook group.  They are looking for homeowners for Season 2.  Are you a homeowner in the Vancouver area that is planning on selling your property?  Give them a call.  You might be one of the lucky chosen ones.
 
Dezigner Digz is a home staging and interior … (14 comments)

burlington home stager: The Stagers - Episode #12: Matthew's Largest Staging Risk - 09/17/08 05:27 AM

[Photo from HGTV's website]
I watched this episode of The Stagers while wiping beads of perspiration from my brow.  My hands were clammy and I found it difficult to grasp my pen for note-taking as I had a slight tremble.  Wondering why?  This was the second last episode of The Stagers for this season.  What's a person to do?  Just kidding of course, I'm not quite that hooked, but I will be sorry to see the season end. 
The Scenario
Matthew Finlason was the featured Stager for this property, and what a property it was.  A place I would certainly … (10 comments)

burlington home stager: The Stagers - Episode #10 Recap: Mr. Finlason in the Study With a Peacock Feather - 09/11/08 09:58 AM

[Photo from HGTV's website]
Well, I have to say that I have been really looking forward to this episode.  This was the only pairing of Matthew and Bridget for a staging project this season.  I'm sure a lot of feathers were ruffled off-camera but things went well in spite of it.
The home in need of some TLC this time around was built in the 1930's and was approximately 5,000 square feet in size.  The asking price for this one was a mere $2,988,000 (not outrageous I suppose by Vancouver standards).  The team had 5 days to work their miracles.
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burlington home stager: HGTV's The Stagers - An Interview With Matthew Finlason - The Inside Scoop - 08/08/08 05:44 PM


Unless you've been living under a rock, the latest buzz in the home staging industry is Paperny Film's most recent production, The Stagers.  Television viewers are given a sense of what actually goes on in the life of a Home Stager at Dekora, one of Canada's leading staging companies based in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The show airs Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. on HGTV Canada.   
I had the pleasure of interviewing Matthew Finlason, star of The Stagers recently.  You couldn't ask for a more enjoyable exchange.  I'm honoured that Matthew graciously took the time to do this interview during his out-of-country hiatus from filming.  I'm looking forward … (48 comments)

burlington home stager: From Bland to Grand. A Peak at a Recent Dezigner Digz Home Staging Project. - 02/14/08 01:57 PM
Dezigner Digz had the pleasure of working with a terrific client recently that understood the value of home staging to the home selling process.  The only request that our client made was that we were not to paint any of the rooms, so we worked with the existing "builder's white" paint colour.
Who says that white walls have to be boring?  With the introduction of colourful accessories and artwork, this home was brought to life. 
        
Combined with de-cluttering and furniture re-arrangement, this great room takes on a sophisticated, urban vibe.
  
How about the room below, what do you think it's function is?  Scroll down to see the … (19 comments)

burlington home stager: Does Today's Society of Instant Gratification Carry Through to the Housing Market? - 01/30/08 09:40 AM
In my opinion, you bet it does.  People are busier today than ever before.  A lot of us lead much busier, fast-paced lives than our parents ever did, and they didn't have all of the gadgets that we have today.  You know; the ones that are supposed to make our lives easier.  The pace of daily life just seems to keep picking up speed.
The same carries through to the housing market.  More and more home buyers just don't have the time for extensive home renovations and decorating.  Therefore, a lot of potential buyers out there are looking for properties that are … (12 comments)

 
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