Category Archives: Staging

Staging a property for sale — living room, bedrooms, and bath

I stage all my listings, unless the property is in need of so much work that staging it would be like putting the proverbial lipstick on a pig. But I don’t use professional stagers: I use my client’s own furniture … Continue reading

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# 7 – Getting a house ready for sale – TIP: Use a pro for your photos!

I loaded my new listing yesterday, which means  inputting all the information about room sizes, taxes, condo fees, features, etc. As soon as a listing is  broker-loaded (meaning I do the inputting, rather than the real estate board), we are allowed to add a maximum of … Continue reading

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# 5 – Getting a house ready for sale (make that scrambling!)

Yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) I took a pile of stuff from my house out to my new listing(these were pieces of art, small tables, and lamps that Micheline Masson, the home stager I’m working with selected for staging) with help from fellow realtor, … Continue reading

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# 4 – Getting a house ready for sale – TIP: find great contractors!

I’ve been really fortunate with the trades who are working with me to get my new listing ready for sale. Cedric Poon of Archipelago Contracting worked until 2 AM on Monday on tiling; got five hours sleep and went back … Continue reading

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# 3 – Getting a house ready for sale — more glitches!

Another glitchy day today. My poor cat is not well (she’s not urinating and I’m told that can be life-threatening) so I had to book an appointment with the vet and the only spot I could get was at 6:30 tonight. … Continue reading

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Home Staging: Guest Blog by Interior Decorator, Laura Boisvert

Talented interior decorator, Laura Boisvert, guest blogs today on home staging. You know what I think of home staging — I’ve blogged a lot about how you really need to do it in this competitive marketplace. Laura explains why. ___________________________________ … Continue reading

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Will staging a house really help to sell it?

We had a really great seminar today at TD Emerald Plaza on downsizing. It was hosted by senior financial planner, Sylvia Manning who was kind enough to supply sliders and chocolate cookies for lunch. York Polk (a mortgage broker,)and I … Continue reading

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Staging a Bedroom Inexpensively!

When I’m staging a house for a seller, I want the bedrooms to look spectacular. That means finding great linens. But bedding is expensive, right? Not necessarily. I have found incredible bargains at some unlikely places. Superstore, for example, often … Continue reading

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Decorating on a Shoestring

Now a lot of people think that home decorating has to be expensive, but Dona Beauvais Gagne proves that wrong. Here’s a picture of her living room, decorated for winter on a shoe-string budget.(I can imagine this same room with … Continue reading

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Decluttering a Kitchen

Sometimes I go into a house and while the bones are terrific, it’s cluttered. I’ll usually go from room to room, making suggestions, like removing personal photographs, clearing shelves, and putting things away. The kitchen is one of the most important  rooms in … Continue reading

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