DIY Home Staging Tips in Vancouver on CTV Morning Show February 1st

We hope you can join our Founder & Creative Director, Dana J. Smithers PRES Home Staging Expert on CTV Morning News show Wednesday February 1st. It’s a great way to kick off a month where many home sellers are getting serious about marketing their property. She’ll give you lots of TIPS on what you need to do to get your property ready for selling!

It’s a proven fact that staged homes sell faster and for more money than homes that are not staged. Because of the downturn in the economy many home sellers want to give home staging a try but aren’t always sure on what they need to do. Many have questions like ‘what’s the best Return-On-Investment? what paint colours are best for selling? do I need to change the flooring? if my property is vacant do I need to put furniture in it? and on and on the questions go!

If you can’t join us, the next best solution is to take a look at Dana’s eBook: DIY Getting Ready For An Open House in 10 Easy Steps! And if you really don’t think you can do this yourself – check out the PRES GRADUATES and Locate A Stager near you! For only a few hundred dollars you can get some of the best advice available to help you get top dollar for your property!

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‘Top 10 Low Cost D-I-Y Home Improvements for Selling’ Survey

HomeGain is a well known industry leader in providing home stagers factual current statistical information for the home improvements that will give the best Return On Investment (ROI). This survey was published in January 2011 and is relevant in today’s marketplace and in many parts of Canada. The survey was conducted with 600 nationwide US realtors and these were their recommendations to home sellers.

You can read the full article but these are some of the highlights:

TOP 10
1. Cleaning and de-cluttering ($290 cost / $1,990 price increase / 586% ROI / 99% recommended)
2. Lightening and brightening ($375 cost / $1,550 price increase / 313% ROI / 97% recommended)
3. Home staging ($550 cost / $2,194 price increase / 299% ROI / 80% recommended)
4. Landscaping ($540 cost / $1,932 price increase / 258% ROI / 93% recommended)
5. Repair Electrical or Plumbing ($535 cost / $1,505 price increase / 181% ROI / 92% recommended)
6. Update kitchen and bathrooms ($1,265 cost / $3,435 price increase / 172% ROI / 75% recommended)
7. Replacing or shampooing carpets ($647 cost / $1,739 price increase / 169% ROI / 98% recommended)
8. Painting interior walls ($1,012 cost / $2,112 price increase / 109% ROI / 96% recommended)
9. Repair damaged floors ($931 cost /$1,924 price increase / 107% ROI / 93% recommended)
10. Paint outside of home ($1,467 cost / $2,222 price increase / 51% ROI / 81% recommended)

In comparison to the 2009 survey results, the top five home improvements were the same, except that Lighten and Brighten and Stage home for sale were flipped for second and third top home projects.

The home improvements with the highest price increases to a home’s resale value is Updating the Kitchen and Bathroom ($3,435 price increase), followed by Painting the Outside of the Home ($2,222 price increase) and Home Staging ($2,194 price increase).

Want to know a quick, easy fix for ‘blah’ mirrors for selling?

I am really excited about finding this Canadian eco-friendly product from Frame Your Mirror and I want to share it with you. It is amazing and very cost-effective glue-on-frame that totally transforms a ‘blah’ or slightly-damaged-around-the-edges mirror. You can use this in your own home but for staging – now this is a beautiful thing – because you can attach it with velcro! This is a product that’s been a secret for far too long!

They offer a good variety of frames and you can quickly find out the cost of your mirror by using their Price Calculator. Check it out and I think you will like it a lot!

This is what they have to say about it:

“At Frame Your Mirror we provide Canadian consumers with an eco-friendly, practical, easy to install, and cost effective way to transform plain bathroom mirrors into attractive focal points without removing the mirror from the wall. We specialize in providing a tasteful selection of customized, high quality laminate wood Custom Mirror Frames in Calgary and across Canada!

Discover how a decorative mirror frame can refresh a tired bathroom simply and inexpensively! With numerous mirror frame styles to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect solution to achieve an inexpensive Bathroom Renovation or Bathroom Remodeling project.

Order our custom mirror frames online. Our frames are shipped disassembled and upon delivery are easily assembled and installed.”

Home Owners Make Good Economical Choices With PRES Graduates

Exciting time ahead with lots of changes for the home staging and redesign industry in 2012. The world economy is changing. Many home owners – sellers and dwellers will want to make good economical choices whether they need a professional eye to redesign and refresh their existing home, or need assistance in preparing their property for selling. That’s where the PRES home staging and redesign graduates come in.

Making the investment of a few hundred dollars or several thousand dollars for a professional PRES home stager

PRES Staged Home SELLS!


to provide you with solid, practical, proven advice and/or complete your home makeover for selling for you, is a smart move for home sellers.

90% of home buyers want a ‘Move-In Ready’ home and you can give that to them by consulting (even for jut a few hundred dollars) with a PRES home staging graduate! PRES graduates are also trained and qualified to set you up in your new home by working with all of your personal possessions and collections they had you pack up for selling!