Staged and SOLD IN 4 DAYS, $85K over list! See the before and afters

Home Stager with Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket 416.928.2999

Home staging in Vaughan we are asked to stage many homes that are 25 - 30 years old and really haven't been updated since they were built.

We have found that the staging work we do brings results when we rent furniture to create a consistent look in the home to attract our target market.

In this property at 150 Mulholland in Thornhill we worked with the client over the past year. The home was painted to give it a fresh, clean look. A neutral, staging safe colour was selected by us to create a model home look.

Then the homeowner moved their furniture to their new condo. They left us a blue leather tufted sofa and two baby pink wing chairs to work with in the front living room. Not exactly what a new homeowner would be looking for in their new home but we knew we could make it work with the right accessories.

This home sold in 4 days, with four offers and for $85,000 over asking.

The agent and home owner were ecstatic with the results. The home was not under priced.

The staging created value in the eyes of the buyer and they put in offers to make sure they were the family that would be moving in to this spacious five bedroom home.

Here are a few before and after pictures so that you can see how we staged the property using the home owners furniture and then how we used modern traditional furniture to stage the rest of the home.

In the living room we added artwork of a sailboat that had the same colour blue as the leather sofa along with accent cushions the same colour on the baby pink wing chairs.

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In the family room we created more value in the home by setting up the furniture to market the fireplace instead of the TV.

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In basement family room we created a warm and inviting scenario for the buyers to imagine themselves enjoying their family time together down here.

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In the master we used the existing mattress and ordered modern traditional bedroom room furniture with a fabric headboard and rails along with a dresser. Without furniture it can be difficult for buyers to see if they could fit in their furniture easily. If you can make your buyer feel safe in their decisions they will put in an offer on your property.


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In the second bedroom we introduced a fun bright coloured theme for the children to like. There were 5 bedrooms in this home so we knew we had to attract the kids with some fun bedding.

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Investment, minimal.

Impact, priceless.

If you would like us to prepare your home for listing photos call the Go To Girl around town.

Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd.







Comments (10)

Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Michelle, I hear "what about the TV?" a lot. We're not selling your TV, we're selling your house!

May 28, 2014 10:51 PM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Wonderful before & after photos, Michelle!  Amazing how those pink chairs in the living room worked after you added that fabulous artwork.  Great job!

Jun 02, 2014 07:41 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Suzanne, the first question I ask a  home owner is if there is another room in the house that they watch tv in. Generally the answer is yes so I always remove the tv from the front room. I also remove it from any bedroom as they never photograph well from the side view, all those wires. I explain that it is for the first week only in the bedrooms and until the house is sold in the living room.

Jun 02, 2014 07:46 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

HI Sally, I can tell you I was worried about those baby pink chairs but it all came together with the artwork and pillows. Even my team members had to admit that it came together well, and they the first ones to give a thumbs up or down on any job. They don't hold back their opinions!

Jun 02, 2014 07:47 AM
Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

Hi Michelle. It takes a real pro to take pink wing chairs and a blue tufted sofa and create something beautiful. Kudos!

Jun 03, 2014 06:39 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Janelle, it gave me someting to think about I can tell you that. I haven't even seen a pair of baby pink wing chairs in 20 years. When I found the sailboat artwork, somehow, it all came together.

Jun 03, 2014 08:34 AM
Mabrook Shah
UpStaging Interiors Calgary - Calgary, AB
Interior Decorator & Home Stager

I'm loving all the work you did in each and every room. Those pink chairs look super cool to be honest. Everything looks so tastefully done and properly planned out.

Jun 03, 2014 11:41 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

thank you Mabrook, everything retro is back again so we went with the flow and the challenge. the home owner was really pleased that we were able to use the chairs as they were a favourite chairs of his wife.

Jun 03, 2014 09:25 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing this success story. Staging does work.

Jun 23, 2014 11:54 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Thanks for stopping in to see this listing Roy. The home owner and agent were very pleased with the results.

Jun 24, 2014 12:01 AM