Staging, redesign and colour consultations for living and work spaces in Ottawa areas
This is the first step involved in home staging. A detailed recommendation is provided for any of the following areas:
A consultation can last up to 2 hours depending on the size of a home.
Following a consultation you can request additional support to help fulfill the recommendations.
Four walls make a house, but what makes a home? What do we do to our house to create that homey feeling we all crave? We buy things. Things that we like: furniture, pillows, artwork, lamps, unique accessories. We hang up wedding pictures, pictures of our children and even of ourselves going on vacation. We spend time creating furniture layouts and painting walls in ways that appeal to us. But when the decision is made to move to a new location and your home needs to be sold, what will make someone want to buy your home? The home buyer will ask, “What’s in it for me?” What makes a home that other people will want
We surround ourselves with our treasures. But when it comes time to put our house on the market, we need to consider that your treasures may not be as valuable to someone else. The room you have painted a vibrant orange makes you feel truly alive in the space. But will others feel the same about your orange room? Take the living room, with the chair that is perfect for chillin’, and the special piece of artwork you picked up while on vacation in Mexico. Or the fireplace, oh, how hard you worked to design this fireplace!, it is truly a design masterpiece. Or is it? Will everyone appreciate the sense of style you have created in your home? The urn on the mantel: memorable, comforting, or creepy? Obviously, we all have different interests and treasure different things. How boring the world would be if this were not the case!
A home that’s being sold needs to be set up so that others can dream about living in the four walls; seeing someone else in those four walls may prevent them from doing so. A home stager will visit your home and go through one room at a time and give you advice and support. A Home Staging Consultation will help you to create a ‘staged to sell’ home environment. You want people to enjoy what they see so much that they cannot wait to be in the space. You want them to get a smile on their face and sigh with relief because they know that this is where they belong. The latest trends. Updated but sim1ple paint colours. Well-balanced and harmonized spaces where everyone can feel at peace. Clean shiny bathrooms. Beds so clean, fresh and welcoming that they want to crawl right in. Space, not crowded and cluttered, but open and clear for movement to happen naturally. These are the types of sights and experiences home buyers should encounter. The problem is, this is your space, this is your home. And, separating yourself from the space is a difficult but necessary step in selling your home. It is hard to start moving yourself out of the four walls before you are actually ready. You know this is still your home. You have to live in this space for several months yet, and you are being told to take the heart of you out of your home. This is a process that can hurt and you could get angry at the person suggesting that things have to change. Why can they not see how special your belongings are? Why do you have to put away your precious belongings? Are they really making the space feel cluttered? After several days of hard work you have followed the instructions of the Home Stager. Surprisingly, it feels a lot better than you may have expected. You walk around your house with ease. There is space to move around easily. Things no longer feel cluttered or overwhelming and you smile as you see the organized book shelf. You may even think to yourself, “maybe I didn’t need all the things on it after all.” The new picture on the wall finishes the look of the kitchen; you always knew you should hang a picture there but never did before. The bathroom is very pleasing to walk into without all the clutter around the sink and the freshly painted walls. I wish I always had fresh flowers on the dining room table and a glamorous orchid in the bathroom.
Walking through your newly staged home feels good. You can picture yourself living in this fresh new space. But wait: you are selling this house that now also looks like home to many other people who are coming to see it. They loved the professional looking pictures of your home they saw online and are ready for a closer look. The time, pain and reflection you went through to stage your home to sell have paid off. You now have the buyer’s attention. They like what they see in your house/home and are ready to make an offer. Someone else has seen the beauty of your home and wants it to be their home. The question, “What’s in it for me?” has been answered