Personal Collections Could Cost You the Home Sale in Vancouver!

Okay I admit that’s a little dramatic saying that ‘you could potentially lose your home sale because of your personal collections’ but, it is a proven fact that potential buyers can be distracted and put off by some of the personal collections that people have in their homes. Could be they don’t like what they see on the MLS since 90% of buyers look there first!

Now for living in your home, it is a very good thing to surround ourselves with reminders and personal mementos of special places that you have traveled to.I get that. I really like to see people make their space their own – personalizing with their own individual likes and dislikes.

These collections are fantastic for living, and very interesting for the owners…

Swords & Snakeskins not for everyone!

Animal hides & travel photos great for memories for the owner!

For selling though, it’s a different story that we want to see in your home. We want to see the architectural features of your home – like that gorgeous fireplace – as soon as we walk in. Remember that potential buyers make up their minds fairly quickly whether or not they want to spend time seeing all of your home. if the first room they walk into is full of personal collections like these snake skin swords…well, a buyer might just turn around and go on to the next home. Why chance it! Be smart like this home seller who ‘got it’ and prepacked all their personal collections so that the rooms opened up with better furniture placement and no distractions!

Living Room & Dining Room Expanded Now - Collections Packed Up!

Client Testimonial says it all: You and your students did a great job. Moving the living room furniture around made it a much nicer flow and made the space appear larger. As for the solarium we weren’t sure what to fill the space with. You did a fantastic job using our existing furniture from throughout our home. I love how you featured my elephants as they have sentimental value to me. The pictures that were taken the next made our home look like a show home! We were very impressed! We appreciated all you have done as we had a overwhelming amount of potential buyers come through over the weekend. We have already had two offers! Thank you again.
Deanna & Gary.

Workshop: Presentations to Grow Your Home Staging Biz – Early Bird Special

One of the top 3 marketing methods to grow your home staging business is by speaking to your ideal client! Dana J. Smithers author, instructor, home staging guru will be conducting a one-day course for professionals interested in learning how to conduct presentations that will increase their business profile and get sales! Learn how to present your home staging, redesign and/or decorating services to groups of people like realtor office talks, attendees at trades shows, home owners, small groups, etc.

This was a talk at the West Coast Women’s Trade Show

5 Top Home Staging Tips Talk

Talking about colour trends for home staging at the Kensington Benjamin Moore Store

Benjamin Moore Talk

Are you ready to expand your marketing to include group talks to realtors and home owners but lack the confidence to try it? Dana has done 100s of professional presentations and knows that most people are naturally uncomfortable making presentations.

She also knows that if you are properly trained and have excellent materials to work from, presenting can actually be a lot of fun! Some of the highlights of this course will be her tried-and-true templates and tips on creating lasting connections with your audience. If you are not using the ‘funnel system’ of selling and you are not consciously building your ‘list’ you need to be! Lots of handouts for you to plan and create your own memorable presentations.

Course Outline:

*Steps to Creating your ‘FREE’ Presentation
*Understanding the ‘Funnel System’
*’The Process’ Presenting to small groups
*Determining the best ‘hooky’ topic
*Form templates and props
*Role Plays

Workshop Information:
Date: Friday April 20th, 2012
Time: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (hours may change slightly)
Location: Flüff Rentals – 1363 McLean Drive Vancouver BC
Cost: PRES® Graduates $197 plus hst Other Professionals $247 plus hst
Registration: Is required. Register and Pay Online

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Contact Janice@PresStaging.com OR phone at 778 278 8883 by April 1st, 2012. For PRES Graduates $147 plus hst Other Professionals $197 plus hst

Testimonials from previous students:

Thank You for putting US (your class) ‘on Stage’ yesterday at the Presentations course. It makes me, ever more now, really appreciate the talent of presenters such as yourself. I’ll be taking notes from a different angle to future speaking events I attend. I enjoyed it all…the venue, the class, the course, as well as the healthy dose of great information you shared with us! Thanks again for a very fun and informative ‘presentation’! Irene Huva ~ Interio Deco

What a great course and one that I needed. I really appreciate the forms and the presenter notes that will assist me in preparing to give a successful talk. I can see why the preparation is so important before I do my first talk. With practice I will be ready to get some sales! Cheryl Grattan ~ With Flair

Attending this professional development class was a terrific experience. I actually liked all the role plays and I have to say Dana over delivered this time! I look forward to attending future ones. Joanne MacKay ~ Ocean Breeze Staging

Don’t wait class size is limited! Register NOW so you won’t be disappointed!

Home Makeover Tips – How to hang a grouping of art…

Grouping art can be quite a challenging job for many people. This is a grouping we did for a client who wanted to set up a workshop instead of a dining room. This example is for ‘living’ as you would take this down for staging because it’s too personal. The space would also need to be converted back to a dining room for selling!

After hanging 1000s of pieces of art, photos, sculptures, baskets, fabric wall hangings, swordfish (yes swordfish, several of them) I’d like to share some of my ‘hanging art’ guidelines. These are guidelines so there will be variations on the theme, but these work pretty well in any home or office. A few years ago I wrote an ebook ‘Trade Secrets of Hanging Art Like a PRO!‘ and you can find some You Tube videos I recently created for hanging single pieces of art.

This is the method I use and you may find it works for you.
- select pieces of art that work together i.e. find a common element that allows you to form this grouping – in this case it was a mixture of art that she loved with sayings and she had some emotional attachment to the pieces
lay my grouping of art on the floor

Place Grouping On Floor

- leave about 2″ between all the art pieces (this can vary on the size of art you are using e.g. for a small grouping space about 1″ apart.
- find center on your wall, find center on your art and stick a piece of sticky tack at both centers
- measure up from the bottom of your wire to the top of the frame to determine how far down your hanger needs to be
- hang your first piece on the bottom – see You Tube video – using the floating art guideline of 56 – 60″ as the height of the middle of the art grouping; level it
- place your next bottom piece 2″ apart and hang it; level it

Start with lining up the center; measure 2" apart and level

- continue to build the grouping up using your levels to keep the measurements accurate

Grouping Completed - whimsical & fun!

- She now has a whole new look in her home where she can host her workshops!

A truly personal space!

TIP: for more detailed information check out my You Tube videos, my ebook and previous blog posts on Home Staging Tips – Hanging Floating or Gallery art.

Home Staging Tips – How to hang ‘Floating or Gallery Art’

This is Part 2 of ‘home staging tips for hanging art – ‘floating or gallery’ art which means there is nothing underneath it. After hanging 1000s of pieces of art, photos, sculptures, baskets, fabric wall hangings, swordfish (yes swordfish, several of them) I’d like to share some of my ‘hanging art’ guidelines. These are guidelines so there will be variations on the theme, but these work pretty well in any home or office.

A few years ago I wrote an ebook ‘Trade Secrets of Hanging Art Like a PRO!‘ and I just recently produced two You Tube videos to demonstrate my process.

Here are my quick tips for hanging art that is ‘floating or gallery’ art…

FLOATING ART

1) HANGING ‘FLOATING or GALLERY ART’ (click here for You Tube Video)
- determine where you want to hang the art – in this example I chose to hang it just to the left of center
- mark that spot with pencil or sticky tack
- find the center of your art – mark it with sticky tack
- if it is over 30″ wide I suggest using 2 hooks/hangers, (f not then one is fine in this example as shown in the You Tube Video I use 2 hangers)
- if using 2 hooks then make 2 measures from the center to the ends of the frame – mark center with tack which you place on the art- this becomes the mid-point from center
- now you need to measure up from the floor to a height of 56 – 60” – use a piece of sticky tack to mark that on the wall
- find the side halfway point of your art – mark it with sticky tack
- match up the side art tack with the 56 – 60″ measure on the wall (the larger the piece of art the closer to 56″ you hang it)
- at the same time line up the center and line up the mid-points that you have marked with sticky tack
- make a mark with the pencil for the two mid-points
- if your picture has wire on the back then measure the wire from the top to the bottom for the two mid-points (if over 30″)
- take that measurement and measure down from the top/center of where you are hanging your art and mark it on the wall with a pencil (like an inverted T)
- the intersecting point is where you put the bottom of your hanger
- nail in your hangers and use a level to make sure it is even

It takes a lot of practice to make it perfect but these guidelines should help a bit! Next post will be ‘floating or gallery wall art’ tips…

TIP- the best measuring tape for this is the Lufkin Self-Centering found at Home Depot; buy sticky tack at Home Depot or office supply store; levels can be purchased at Home Depot.

Home Staging Tip – Hanging Art Over an Object

This is Part 1 of ‘home staging tips for hanging art over an object’. After hanging 1000s of pieces of art, photos, sculptures, baskets, fabric wall hangings, swordfish (yes swordfish, several of them) I’d like to share some of my ‘hanging art’ guidelines. These are guidelines so there will be variations on the theme, but these work pretty well in any home or office.

A few years ago I wrote an ebook ‘Trade Secrets of Hanging Art Like a PRO!‘ and I just recently produced two You Tube videos to demonstrate my process.

Here are my quick tips for hanging art over an object like a fireplace…

Art over an object

1) HANGING ART OVER AN OBJECT (click here for You Tube Video)
- perfection is to find a piece of art 2/3 the length of the object you are hanging it above
- find center of your wall – mark with pencil or sticky tack
- find the center of your art – mark it with sticky tack
- measure 4 – 10″ above the object you are placing the art
- line up the centers – put a pencil mark at center at the top of the piece of art
- measure the wire from the top to the bottom
- take that measurement and measure down from the top/center of where you are hanging your art and mark it on the wall with a pencil (like an inverted T)
- the intersecting point is where you put the bottom of your hanger
- nail in your hanger and use a level to make sure it is even

It takes a lot of practice to make it perfect but these guidelines should help a bit! Next post will be ‘floating or gallery wall art’ tips…

Home Depot has a new FANTASTIC laser for hanging art!

Having the right tools to hang art just makes our jobs as home stagers easier as art can take up too much time if you don’t know how to do it. We all use lasers in our home staging projects and over the years I have tried several out and finally settled on one I like. I actually call it ‘Larry Laser’ because it’s vital to my success. The only challenge is that once it’s stickiness is gone it no longer stays on the wall so I end up holding it. The manufacturer needs to work on that!

One of my PRES graduates Catharine Barbosa, introduced me to this new laser and I love it! It’s a Black & Decker product called Sure Grip Laser and it suctions onto the wall so you can measure hands-free.

Black & Decker Sure Grip Laser - love it!

My other essential hanging tools are my levels which are also products I buy at Home Depot.

Home Depot levels and two laser levels with grips on the wall

All of these tools make hanging art easier and more accurate for us.

Sure grip laser in action!

and the finished look….

Using 56 - 60" as the half way mark they look fantastic!

On another note BIG THANK YOU TO HOME DEPOT Store Manager, Tony Main of the Park Royal Village Store. I was looking for Move-Alls a product I buy all the time and usually ‘gift’ my students with it. One of my pet peeves is that the gliders/sliders that I want are never with the other gliders so I waste time walking around the store looking for them. As it happened Tony and his team were standing around talking and I asked them if they knew where this product was. We ended up talking for about 1/2 hour and I told them the products that home stagers use the most – and they were unaware of some of them. Their THANK YOU to me was paying for my purchases that I made that day! How generous is that! I look forward to some kind of a partnership with them because they are the DIY home seller’s dream store – priced right and good products!