All I did was...make an office out of a kitchen pantry.

Home Stager with Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket 416.928.2999

In this home staging in Vaughan the agent Geroge Zanette of Remax Premier invited Advantage Staging to consult for a senior who really had no idea what home staging was or why you would want to do it.

The condo was vacant as the owner no longer lived there. It was an empty space that buyers would have to imagine what it would look like if they lived there.

Luckily the owner has supportive family that understood that home staging is marketing your property for sale and decided to bring some of their furniture and accessories out of storage and staged the condo themselves. 

To make this condo unique, all I did was suggest that they stage a windowless pantry off the kitchen as an office so that it could be marketed as a two bedroom with office. There were no shelving units in the room so I thought why not market it in a way that would stand out from the other units in the condo building. Give buyers something to remember this particular unit. As the room was quite large, the new owner could always use the room as pantry/office  by adding shelving or storage units.

I never did meet the owner or the family, however, they followed my staging suggestions and look what they accomplished. Remember your professional home stager is a person trained in creating a lifestyle look for any property and this one says "Welcome Home".

Investment, minimal.

Impact, pricless.

home staging living room

home staging office

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home staging kitchen

Comments (7)

Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing. Good to hear about clients willing to accept suggestions. Keep up the good work.


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Apr 21, 2010 12:13 AM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Most buyers find it very difficult to imagine what they don't see.  A staged home makes it so much easier for them to picture themselves living there.  Great case in point.

Apr 21, 2010 12:20 AM
Cheryl Cudmore
Sapphire Staging - Brantford, ON
CSP, Brantford to Burlington ON

A little professional advice is all some people need and these people took your advice seriously and did a great job!

Apr 21, 2010 01:12 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Roy, you're absolutely right. All that is needed is a client willing to listen to new ideas. This senior had never watched HGTV and had no idea what home staging was. Thankfully her family did know about staging and that it was a good investment to make to get top dollar for their property.

HI Geri, the stats back up what you are saying about buyers not being able to see how they would live in a home.  You need to put something in the room so that they can see for themselves that a queen instead of a double bed will fit or that a their dining table is just a bit bigger than the one shown so they know this home is for them.

Hi Cheryl, I know some stagers prefer not to give out all the details, however, I knew I was never going to meet this client and I had to get my ideas across to them to convince them that staging would make a difference to the sale of the home.

Apr 21, 2010 02:56 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Great way to make this condo memorable - you met your goal!  Julie

Apr 21, 2010 05:11 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Julia, thanks for stopping in to see this condo staging. I specialize in creating something from nothing - pantry to office in under 20 minutes.  This idea for an office popped into my head as soon as I saw the space.

Apr 23, 2010 08:52 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Michelle - it is indeed great when clients will accept suggestions! Beautiful work!!!

Apr 24, 2010 02:51 AM