Posts Tagged ‘Home Staging’

Both in Home Staging and decorating, mirrors are one of the most
affordable, versatile, quickest and easiest ways to create an impact.
They can brighten a room by reflecting light back in, add dimension
and depth to a small space and create the illusion of expanding a
space. Mirrors can give practicality to an empty wall, add interest
in a boring room, bring color and texture to an otherwise hard, cold
reflective surface as well as serve as a classy and stylish wall décor.

Common uses for mirrors in the home include personal grooming,
decoration, and architecture. Mirrors are used in furniture, for
example a table top, doors, as shelving and behind shelving,
in bathrooms, bedroom wardrobes, common in bar areas and
exercise rooms, as wall hangings, mirror mazes, kitchen
backsplashes and table topper to name a few uses.

Decorative Glass Mirrors come in many different shapes, round,
oval, rectangular, assorted sizes and styles, such as etched,
beveled, concave and convex. They come sandblasted, tinted,
textured, painted and can be frameless or framed in contemporary,
traditional, wrought iron, accent, antique to name a few and their
associated frames can really make them a piece of art.

On the other side of the coin, it is easy to make an unattractive
impact with the use of mirrors. Some quick tips for decorating with
mirrors are: make sure it’s in scale and proportion with the size of
the room. Every mirror should be sparkling clean. Take into
consideration the purpose of the mirror. It is important to consider
what the mirror will reflect, what images with appear duplicated.
Avoid mirrors in unattractive or cluttered areas of the home.

As a Realtor ® (www.LydiaSellsHomes.com)
and Home Stager (www.OwnersPride.ca)
I have the unique ability to enhance the presentation of your house.
Statistics show that Staged houses sell faster and at a higher selling
price. This Home Staging consultation is provided as part of my
complete listing service package, offered to my Real Estate clients.

Please feel free to contact me any time.

Lydia Pollard, Sales Representative
Keller Williams Real Estate Associates, Brokerage

Direct: 905-272-4764
Office: 905-812-8123


If you are thinking about buying or selling, it would be my pleasure
to assist you with your Mississauga Real Estate needs, including:
Clarkson, Cooksville, Erindale, Erin Mills, Lakeview, Lorne Park,
Malton, Mississauga Valley, Meadowvale, Port Credit, Sheridan
Homelands, Streetsville and Applewood as well as the
City of Brampton and the rest of Peel Region.


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Staging is for selling. Please don’t be offended by the suggestions
that your Home Stager or Real Estate Sales Representative make.

How you live, how you decorate your home is your choice alone.
A home should reflect its family, their likes and preferences.

When a Home Stager suggests that you remove several pieces of
furniture and put them into storage…this is very common. Don’t
take it personally; it usually has nothing to do with the furniture itself.
The reasoning is to show off your rooms, their size, and their features
so that they show their best. Buyers are not buying your belongings,
they are buying the house, so we what to show it off.

The Home Stager is looking at your house through the eyes of the most
discriminating buyer and will notice things that you don’t. You live in the
house every day, it has sentimental value, memories and you just get
used to small irregularities and don’t notice them any more. So when
the Home Stager recommends repairs, color changes, the removal or
replacing of specific items, don’t take it personally. It’s the Home Stager’s
job to see these things and mention them for your attention. Many times
it is not because they are right or wrong, it is because it’s the way that
Buyers have become accustomed to expect homes on the market to look.

So love your treasures that you have collected over the years, and don’t
be offended if it is suggested you put them away and pack them up to
take to your new home. These are the special irreplaceable souvenirs,
treasures and keepsakes that will make your new house special and
turn it into your home.

Lydia Pollard
Owners Pride Home Staging & Design
Serving Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton & Etobicoke in Ontario, Canada

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My tag line on my business card is:

A home is where you live,
A house is what you sell.

Decorating is for living,
Staging is for selling.

A home is where you live and decorating is for living refer to
a home that is not on the market.

“Your home is your castle,” and you should enjoy it. You should
live with the colors you like, the style of furniture of your preference,
and the photos and accessories that are special to you and that make
your house a home.

A house is what you sell, Staging is for selling refers to a home which
is on the market, completing for the attention of all the buyers.

The best way to get the best price and a quicker sale is to modify the
house to meet the buying criteria of the largest share of the buyers.

The best way to do this is to neutralize all the colors, de-clutter which
includes the removal of anything that is of a personal nature, including
family photos, culturally, religiously or politically specific. And the
cheapest way to improve you house is to clean, clean, clean.

Home Staging is taking the home out of the house.

Lydia Pollard
Owners Pride Home Staging & Design
Serving Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton & Etobicoke in Ontario, Canada

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When you are getting ready to put your house up for sale,
think back to the time when you bought the house, remember
the reasons you fell in love with it, the reasons you bought it.

What were the things about this house in particular that made it
stand out from the other houses you looked at that were on the
market at the same time. What were the selling features that
made you want to buy this house as opposed to the other

Tell your Agent so he/she can highlight these points in the listing.

Was it the open concept of the main floor? The luxurious ensuite?
Was it the large windows, which made the house sunny and warm?
Was it the many storage areas to keep your things stored and organized?
Was it the hardwood floors? Large entrance/foyer? Large fenced yard?

Chances are these features will be the same ones that will attract the
buyer. Highlight these features so they stand out.

Home Staging includes highlighting the selling features of the house.

Lydia Pollard
Owners Pride Home Staging & Design
Serving Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton & Etobicoke

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If you are planning to put your house up for sale. Plan ahead.
A great way to de-clutter is to have a garage sale. De-cluttering
is a very important part of Home Staging.

1. Organize a Street Sale instead of just a single garage sale.
Turn it into a neighborhood social event.
A street sale will attract more customers and make for a fun atmosphere.

2. For a street sale, distribute the work. One person can be in charge of making
the signs. Another for putting up the signs. Another in charge of balloons. Etc.

3. Have residents park their cars on other streets during the garage sale. This
will make for easy parking for customers and more visibility of the street.

4. Have some neighborhood kids set up a lemonade, coffee and sweets table.
They can donate the proceeds to a children’s charity. Get the kids involved.

5. Have neighborhood pre-sale scheduled for a certain time the night before the
sale. This is a fun time to catch up with neighbors and get the first chance
to view and buy each others stuff and discuss any pricing challenges.

6. Put the signs up the night before, be prepared for early visitors.

7. Instead of selling everything separately, consider grouping like things or sets
together and bundling.

8. Instead of throwing out odds, sods, irregular or small items, you can put them
in a box marked Free. It might be something someone can use.

9. Remember to get some change in advance and have bags available.

10. Anything that doesn’t sell could be donated to the Salvation Army or a
church yard sale. Think recycle before you think land fill.

De-cluttering is a very important part of Home Staging. Plan ahead.

Lydia Pollard
Owners Pride Home Staging & Design
Serving Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton & Etobicoke

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A potential home buyer comes into your house and the
first time they inhale, they are over come with a stench.
Not a very good impression.

An offensive odor can turn the potential buyer off from
the moment they first get in the door. It can distract them
from seeing the houses real potential.

Pets are the biggest culprits, smelly litter boxes, animal
beds and animal toys. Cigarette or cigar smoke is another
culprit and can be very offensive to non smokers. The
smell of certain types of food, un-cleanliness, mold and
mildew all leave their scents. The home owner gets used
to the smells in their home, and doesn’t notice them.

It’s not enough to just cover up the smell. The source of
the problem should found and dealt with to eliminate it.
Clean the carpet and furniture. Wash the blinds and curtains.
Give the house a good cleaning from top to bottom. Wash
bedding, blankets etc.

Take out the garbage daily. Air the house out regularly.
Be conscious of the cooking smells left behind.

Does Your House Pass the Sniff Test?
Home Staging includes the Sniff Test.

Lydia Pollard
Owners Pride Home Staging & Design
Serving Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton & Etobicoke

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