Vacant Condo Not Staged – NO SALE; Vacant Condo Staged – SALE!

PRES Stager Tamara MacDonald of TWEAK Home Staging had the opportunity to stage a vacant condo that had been on the market for a month with no offers and guess what? You guessed it – Tweak staged it and within a week of staging, the seller received two offers – buyers were NOW showing interest!

Yet the story goes on…

However, neither offer was at a price the seller was willing to accept. As the seller was quite determined to receive a certain price for the condo, they had made up their mind to rent the condo if it didn’t sell at the end of the second month. Well as it turned out, in the final week, they received two offers and a bidding war was on! Only 4 weeks after staging, the seller ended up selling for a price they were very happy with!

Tweak LR After

Often sellers are torn between renting a property or selling a property, and it is important to realize that even if this condo had not sold, the seller was in a much better position to ask for a higher rent by having it staged so it showed beautifully!

Tweak DR After

Why Staging Works to Attract Renters
In fact the seller was already searching for a suitable renter (just in case!), and everyone who viewed the condo wanted to know if she would rent it furnished! What a great compliment! FYI – Tweak’s home staging inventory is always available for sale if a buyer is interested.

Small Patio After

Want to buy the staging furniture? You can!
If you are considering selling your property or renting your investment property, give a PRES home stager a call and if you live on the North Shore give Tweak Home Staging a call!

PRES Featured Stagers – JB Home Staging

JB Home Staging
JB HOME STAGING
Jean Burns
Web:
www.JBHomeStaging.com
Phone: 604-290-2903
Email: Info@JBHomeStaging.com

JB Home Staging was formed in March 2013 by Jean Burns a former corporate Telus employee. Since the inception Jean has staged and redesigned over 20 homes throughout the Lower Mainland. Not only does she offer Home Staging and Home Redesign (home makeovers using clients’ existing furnishings) she also offers Interior Decorating services for clients.

Many clients are so comfortable with the initial transformation that once they have sold and moved into their new home they hire her again! Jean was delighted when one of her very first clients trusted her with a small renovation project which went extremely well.

Jean has always had a passion for design, interior decor and the real estate market. Growing up, there was always some kind of project on the go which involved renovations – either knocking down walls or rearranging the room shape and size. Projects often included redecorating by adding coordinated fabrics to enhance the room and changing the paint color.

When redesigning for living or selling, Jean’s clients love the way she gets her creative juices flowing as she moves furniture around to create a new look in a room in a way they never would have thought of! Delivering a redesigned service to sell their home for the best possible price or providing them a relaxing setting for each new living area helps eliminate the stress for her clients. They get to enjoy the transformation and end result (and so does she!).

The majority of the JB Home Staging clients are often too busy to do the work or find the thought of the whole process of moving, selling, staging or redesigning overwhelming and stressful. It is Jean’s personal mission to turn every house into a home with its own unique style.

VACANT HOME PROJECTS completed by JB HOME STAGING…

This vacant townhouse had been on the market for 3 months with no offers. It was centrally located, spotlessly clean and had been totally renovated. The living room space was small and definitely needed a stager that could take this space and showcase the benefits of the room. By bringing the outdoor colors into the room prospective buyers connected emotionally with the home and
surroundings.

Living Room Staged with Rental Furnishings

Living Room

Living Room

Design Solution:
The first step was to measure each of the rooms to ensure maximizing the full potential of the furnishings of this odd shaped room. JB Home Staging strategically placed the furniture to enhance all the focal points within the room.

During the initial consultation the realtor was unsure as to where the television should be placed. JB made this a main feature to the room, placing the furniture side by side to create a sense of comfort, interest and calmness. The pop of color chosen was olive green which complemented the original wall color and added to the relaxed, inviting feel of the room.

The soft earth tones were carried through into this gorgeous master bedroom with another small pop of olive green!

Master Bedroom Staged with Rental Furnishings

Master Bedroom

Cost:
The total cost of this project for initial consultation, design concept, sourcing, installation and de-staging to the client was less than $3,000!

 

Home Owners Challenge – 2 Bedroom Vacant Condo – Vancouver, BC

Design Challenge:
This totally renovated condo in an older building in Vancouver had strong competition as it was competing with newer buildings in the surrounding areas. Even though this was much larger inside, JB Home Staging’s task was to create and show the benefits of what an older condo could look like after renovating.

Living Room During Renovations

Living Room

Living Room Staged with Rental Furnishings

Living Room

Design Solution:
JB Home Staging sourced and rented top of the line furnishings from a well-known rental company in the Fraser Valley. Jean had customized art created by a local artist for some of the walls to give a cohesive look and feel to the place. The goal was for this property to appeal to the demographic they were looking to attract.

The color story is carried through beautifully into this master bedroom.

Master Bedroom with Rental Furnishings

Master Bedroom

Cost:
The total cost of this project for initial consultation, design concept, sourcing, installation and de-staging to the client was less than $3,000!

Are Your Limiting Beliefs Stopping Your Success?

Having the ‘right’ mindset is critical to every home staging entrepreneurs’ success. Our thoughts or beliefs shape our lives and allow us to make the decisions that we make in life and in our business. Interesting that studies show that most people fill their heads with negative thoughts! Negative thinking can be a bad habit that some people are addicted to and if they spend a lot of time reading newspapers and/or watching news then 90% of that news is negative because it’s what sells!

I like this simple definition of ‘Mindset’:

Mindset

And beliefs are thoughts that you keep thinking over and over whether they are making your life or home staging business better or not. Your current business reality reflects your beliefs and the expectations/results that arise from your beliefs. Do you see yourself as successful or as a failure?

The good news is that you can change your negative thoughts into positive thoughts, and once you have more positive thoughts you believe more positive things are possible in your life and business. And more importantly,

If you change a belief your expectations will change too.

And once your expectations change you create a new reality for yourself. Now I’m not saying it’s easy but there are several techniques that you can use to change your beliefs and reprogram your thoughts. You could study NLP (neuro linguistic programming) or practice EFT (emotional freedom technique) but here is a simpler solution:

Whenever a negative thought comes into your mind, find the BEST that you can in that situation so that you create a positive thought.

And once you continue to be aware of a negative thought, you can thank it for sharing, and ask it to leave. Replace it with a new thought focused on what you want your reality to be. As a home stager it makes sense that you want to attract great ideal clients and create a thriving business.

Changing your thoughts and non-serving beliefs takes time and practice. Be patient with yourself and start now, one thought at a time…

Here are a few suggestions that might just work for you:

  • Start hanging around with more positive like-minded people and get in their energy it will help lift you up
  • Get clear on what it is you want in your home staging business – find out what business model works for you and immerse yourself in creating success
  • Set your intention before you start your work so that you know what results you are expecting – every day and long term
  • Stay focused on attaining the goals that you set but keep them realistic and attainable
  • If you go off course, correct and continue and high-five yourself for getting as far as you have in your business
  • Celebrate ALL your successes – you raise your energy level by acknowledging what has worked well for you and what you have learned
  • Expect what you want to happen – see it in your mind’s eye and hang around with people who are successful – create a vision board that shows your success
  • Model behavior that you admire and that makes you feel good – if you know another home stager who is massively successful check out what they are doing on social media sites and sign up for their newsletter
  • Everything happens for a reason and that reason is there to serve you – find the lesson in your situation and learn from it
  • When negative mindfrick happens – say ‘thanks for sharing’ and think a positive thought – what’s the best thing that can happen next
  • Spend a lot less time watching the news and reading about negative news – read uplifting books or get daily quotations that get you in the right mindset

Having a ‘winner’s mindset’ might take a little time for you, or you may already have that mindset. You’ve heard the expression ‘If you think you can, you can and if you think you can’t you can’t’. There are hundreds of home stagers who ‘think they can’ and who are creating successful home staging businesses and that is what is making this such a great industry to be part of!

June PRES Students Were Ecstatic!

The PRES 5 Day Certified Staging and Redesign training was fabulous! We always have a very diverse mix of students who come from a variety of backgrounds. June’s class of 5 students was no exception! One of our students works part-time at Home Depot in the kitchen design area, one is a realtor who loves staging, another was a woman who has just returned from living in Italy for 17 years and is also passionate about staging, one has been living in Asia for the past 25 years and has worked in senior management in many world-class hotels and one flew all the way from Moncton, New Brunswick!

While their backgrounds are diverse they all have one thing in common and that is their love for beautiful homes! Our students are naturally talented and have typically been doing staging or redesign for family and friends for ‘free’ but no longer! They loved the hands-on experience in the two client’s homes – we stage one home for selling and redesign one home for living. Our home owners were ecstatic with the results! This is what makes the PRES staging and redesign course so fabulous – we teach both home staging and home redesign.

June 2014 class

See if you can tell which one of our 4 students wrote this heart-warming testimonial…

“For the past 4 years I considered a course in Home Staging and Home Re-Design, contacting several companies offering the program. Up till now the outline of their programs, the company team(s) did not meet up with my expectations, until one day I was referred to PRES Home Staging and Re-Design. Soon after I received a call from Dana J. Smithers and just by that brief conversation over the telephone, I knew this was the training program for me, and I was not proven wrong.

I commenced the course with enthusiasm and excitement and this emotion continued to mount over the five (5) days of learning. The course was well laid out, the training materials professionally presented in addition to covering aspects from staging to redesign to strategic marketing to business start-up. Being a trainer myself I am vigilant of delivery and Colleen and Dana exceed all my expectations relating to the excellent delivery of course material, mentorship and expertise. The two (2) day practical staging and re-design in client homes/condos was an excellent experience, a most valuable part of the learning curve, the reward in seeing the delight of the homeowner when expectations were exceed beyond delight and words.

I am not a writer of testimonials however this time is an exception, for when a worthy experience of knowledge and expertise is delivered so effortless and professionally it deserves the highest of recognition. Highly recommended!

Dana and Colleen, not only were you both professional and taught us well, you were FUN!
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!”