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Retiring and Getting Ready to Sell!

Clocks, Clocks, Clocks!

My client is planning to retire, has a new home and getting ready to sell.   An extensive collection of many items including clocks, radios, cameras, juke boxes and games is everywhere in the home.  The collections are overwhelming and limit the sales potential of this home.  There is a lot to be done to get this home ready for the market.


My client is very receptive to my recommendations and agrees to the repairs and updates.   We establish an aggressive plan to complete what needs to be done before the home will be ready for sale in three months.  The homeowner needs my assistance not only for staging the home, but to find buyers for items in his collection that he is ready to part with.  There is a lot to tackle to prepare this home for sale.The family room is my favourite space in this home.  There is so much potential for this space underneath all the stuff. 

The room family room is quite long & narrow.  The fireplace is the focal point of the room and visible from the hallway.  My plan is to highlight the stone fireplace and to create a media centre on the end wall. A large screen TV would be perfect on the wall.


Media Centre

The walls were prepped and painted in Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray HC-173,a fabulous neutral that highlights the stone fireplace.  The room is much brighter and feels larger with fresh paint and the removal of clutter.The wall unit had to remain in the space during the sale and is clutter free.  Having furniture cleaned and adding minimal accessories to the mantle and around the fireplace completes the staging.

Clutter free, bright and inviting family room


My  client sold his home quickly at close to asking.  Many houses on the market in the area before his was listed remained on the market for months longer.  The changes throughout the home were dramatic for the client and he agreed they were needed to sell his home.



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Home Staging Tip – Plant Control

I have always had an affinity for house plants. They are interesting, beautiful and are healthy for you and your home. I see many house plants in various states when staging houses. My recommendation is to limit the number of plants in your home when selling and be sure that they are healthy and well maintained.

A recent staging consultation in a beautiful home has been my favourite plant challenge so far. There are very healthy plants in lovely pots on the main floor of this home. As you climb the stairs to the second floor this is what you see.

Before – From First Floor

There are two diefenbachia on the landing that are the pride and joy of the owners. They are extremely healthy and well cared for. They are so healthy they have completely taken over the space. The skylight on the landing isn’t visible since the plants have captured all of the natural light.

Before – From the Master Bedroom

The challenge this has for potential buyers is that they will not see the living space. The plants will be what buyers remember about the home. We discussed finding a new home for them while the house is on the market but this just is not possible.

The homeowners kept the plants in place and have cut them back significantlly.

After – Second Floor Landing

The transformation is dramatic. The skylight is now flooding the landing with natural light and the space looks and feels larger. This is just what buyers are looking for. The house sold quickly and the plants are moving to their new sun filled space.

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