With all the changes in our world economy PRES Staging Resource Centre wanted to ‘make a difference’ and be part of positive change for those less fortunate. So, we decided to offer our Training Home Special in 2009 for FREE!

Previously our Training Home clients paid $75 for the consultation and $150 for the entire day to have up to 8 students come in and give their home a makeover for living or selling using their existing furnishings. That was a sweet deal for sure, as PRES Members would normally charge between $700 – $1000 if it was not a training home!

Your home still needs to qualify and if it does all we ask is that you make a comparable donation to a charity of your choice on behalf of the PRES Staging Resource Centre. We’re partial to ones that educate and empower women and/or animals but it is your choice.

To contact us and learn more about how to become a TRAINING HOME click here.

‘Buyer’s Market’ Talk with URBAN RUSH – Shaw TV

dana-on-urban-rushDana J. Smithers was ‘entertained’ by Fiona Forbes and Michael Eckford of Shaw TV – Urban Rush. The hot topic these days is about saving money by updating the look of your home for living or selling. We do indeed have a ‘Buyer’s Market’ in real estate so all the more reason for there to be media exposure in these early months of the year.

We all know the real estate market has had a downturn but that is all it has had. People still need to buy new homes and sellers still need to sell. Stay positive in this market and be ready when it starts to turn around – and that will be soon!

Happy New Year!

Dana J. Smithers kicked off the new year with an appearance on Breakfast TV – City TV on Monday, January 5th, 2009! Dana was featured on 2 segments: 5 Top Tips for Home Staging and 5 Top Tips for Home Redesigns (one day home makeovers using your things and not spending a dime!). Dawn Chubai (also host of  RealtyTV) interviewed Dana for both segments. For other tips and interesting articles check out our PRES Resources page.

Dawn Chubai and Dana J. Smithers on Breakfast TV - City TV

Dawn Chubai and Dana J. Smithers on Breakfast TV - City TV

For those of you unable to hire one of our fabulous PRES Home Stagers (Locate A Stager)  stay tuned for our eBook called Do-It-Yourself Home Staging: Getting Ready for an Open House in 10 Easy Steps! coming out in the Spring 2009.