All I did was... give the buyer a way to connect with a property

Home Stager with Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket 416.928.2999

Staging in Vaughan and the Toronto GTA we are asked quite frequently if it is really worth it to stage a vacant home.

Home owners and agents alike ask why isn't it better to show a home vacant, doesn't it show buyers how much room there is in a home.

We know from experience that buyers have a hard time envisioning the following...will my furniture fit in here or how would I set up my furniture in this room.

In this home the first thing we asked the home owner to do was remove the office blinds in every room. Then we asked that the walls be painted a lighter neutral colour that buyers would love.

Buyers give an agent a list of things they want however they typically buy on emotion every time. 

Buyers will say they "knew" as soon as they saw the house they knew it would be their new home.

All I did in this home was stage 3 rooms to show buyers how they could live in this home. 

The dining room before staging was not inviting, after staging the room shows buyers how they could entertain in the space.

Dining Room Before with no furniture, artwork or decor, office blinds installed

dining room before


Dining Room After with table, chairs, artwork, decor and office blinds removed.

The room is brighter, feels roomier and inviting.

dining room staged without blinds
Living Room Before vacant with office blinds. 

family room vacant with office blinds

Living Room staged with sectional for large gatherings, artwork, decor and no office blinds.

living room staged

The room now feels inviting and spacious.

Kitchen Eating Area Before with furniture that did not blend well with the dark kitchen cabinets.

kitchen eating area

Kitchen Eating Area staged with furniture and artwork to blend with the dark kitchen cabinets.

kitchen eating area staged

In our area dark kitchen cabinets are not a popular option so this set up created an updated look that buyers would like. 

This home is now staged and SOLD!

If you have a property that requires staging to market it to attract your ideal buyers call the Go To Girl around town. Get results and get your property sold!

Michelle Finnamore Interiors Ltd


2016 & 2017 Voted Best Staging Company in Vaughan and Toronto GTA

2016  RESA Top Ten Staging Company in Canada



Comments (15)

Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results!

Michelle Finnamore outstanding transformation!  Looks so beautiful... I will certainly keep you in mind. for any of my future staging needs... as I live ony 30 minutes away in Mississauga!

Feb 05, 2018 07:51 AM
Michelle Finnamore

Thank you Gloria, I work in Mississauga every week so that would be great to meet you.

Feb 05, 2018 07:54 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Michelle Finnamore this is an amazing transformation!  Your before and after photos tell the story perfectly .... from a "dud" to a stunning home that's move in ready!

Feb 05, 2018 11:58 PM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Thank you Maureen, when the home owner came in the house when the staging was done he was gob smacked. He couldn't believe the difference and loved how the home looked warm and inviting. 


Feb 06, 2018 07:00 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

What a difference. The photos say it all! Beautiful job, Michelle!

Feb 12, 2018 11:11 AM
Michelle Finnamore

light, bright and inviting looking....our three objectives when selling. Thank you for stopping in Sharon

Mar 13, 2018 04:42 AM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I love these changes and the WOW that the changes brought about.  Totally beautiful! 

Mar 11, 2018 04:41 PM
Michelle Finnamore

Hi Judi, we love doing these transformations. When the owner who was an older gentleman came back to the house after the staging he walked through silently and then nodded his head up and down a few times, and said we did magic in his house. 

Mar 12, 2018 05:02 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

As I told Judi, Holy Moly! I have great vision of empty spaces but, would never think the befores and afters are of the same house, Michelle! What a HUGE difference you've made - just imagine the buyer pool enlargement you created for your listing agent and the seller. I know they are elated and I'm sure this one is long gone!

Congratulations on a wonderful job.

Mar 11, 2018 07:32 PM
Michelle Finnamore

HI Debe, this home had been on the market for 3 months with another agent. The agent I work with on a regular basis called me in and I knew in about 10 minutes how I would present this home for buyers. The home sold in 21 days. It was a win, win, win situation for the seller, the agent and for us. Another staging success story for the agent to share with his potential listing clients. 

Mar 12, 2018 05:04 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Michelle. Your pictures make all the difference in the world. Love the color.

Mar 12, 2018 07:16 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Hi Sheila, thank you for stopping in to see the transformation. I know when we are making our staging suggetsions the home owners really have no idea of what it will look  like when we are done. They are always gobsmacked when they see the finished look. They are especially happy when it sells in a few days and they get top dollar too!

Mar 12, 2018 10:41 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

That doesn't surprise me a bit, Michelle! It's something that we do everything we can to share with them success stories but, many think the expense is just too high for them. I always tell them, "You can't afford NOT to stage!"

Thanks again for sharing this success story - such an amazing transformation!

Mar 12, 2018 08:43 PM
Michelle Finnamore

So glad to hear  you encourage your sellers to stage every time Debe.  I explain we do this on every home as every home we live in is all part of our retirement portfolio. We must do everything we can to maximize the profits from each sale. When we are enjoying our retirment we can say we did a great job of making our investments pay off.

Mar 13, 2018 04:44 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I love the before and after pictures - Staging can really make such a huge difference.

Mar 13, 2018 03:43 AM
Michelle Finnamore

Thank you for stopping in Kat. I encourage everyone to use  before and after pictures  to show sellers how much of a difference staging can make. Most people have no idea of what their place will look like once it is staged so I understand their reluctance to move forward however, when they see the big cheque at the end of the sale that makes them believers!

Mar 13, 2018 04:45 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Staging is often not as complicatd as Sellers and Agents imagine....and what a difference in the eye candy !

Mar 13, 2018 04:52 AM
Michelle Finnamore

Thank you Sally and David, we give our clients a line by line breakdown of the staging suggestions so the home owners can start right away. We suggest they hold a staging party for family and friends as most people watch all the staging shows and can't wait to try their hand it. We encourage them to take lots of photos before and during the prep work to have it as a keepsake of their home. Then they have the agents listing video of the property to have as their final look of their home. They love this idea!

Mar 13, 2018 05:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Michelle Finnamore,

What awesome visuals to showing how rooms can be transformed to be appealing to buyers! I always provide a consultation for my sellers with a stager if they are living in the house and what a difference it makes! Great work!

Mar 13, 2018 05:07 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Morning Dorie, I find that most home owners are so very glad their agent recommended staging their home for sale. They often have tears in their eyes as they always knew their home could look fabulous and now it does with just a few tweaks (sometimes all new rental furniture!) We have some agents that give a new home consultation to their sellers as a thank you gift to the sellers. It is always well received as they want their new home to come together quickly instead of waiting 10 years to see it look good. 

Mar 13, 2018 05:37 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michelle Finnamore 

Fresh and clean! Light and bright! Your photos tell the story so well! What a big difference it makes when people put forth the effort to sell. I was glad Debe Maxwell, CRS re-blogged this one. Your photos are an inspiration and anyone who uses your talent will sleep better too! Michelle, you've got talent!!!!

Mar 14, 2018 06:08 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Your work speaks for itself! Your photos show the property in a much better "light" once you have staged the rooms. Great job! Anyone would be smart to contact you about home staging. It makes a big difference.

Mar 16, 2018 04:18 PM