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!

Dreaming of becoming a home stager? We have an incentive for you!

How does saving $500 sound to you? It’s true but you need to sign up for our September or November 5 day Certified PRES Home Staging and Redesign Training by AUGUST 16, 2013 to receive this gift!

It must be this glorious summer heat we are experiencing in the Lower Mainland that has me making these ridiculously generous offers! We would love to teach you how to start and run your own home staging and redesign business this year! Now is a great time to learn what you need to know because the real estate market needs you desperately. If you’ve been looking at the MLS or other internet listings you know how BAD some of those properties look. Sellers need you NOW so if you really want to become a certified home stager please consider this fabulous offer:

ONE-TIME-ONLY offer to receive $500 OFF the 5 Day Certificate PRES Home Staging Home Study course for either:

SEPTEMBER 9 – 13, 2013 Or NOVEMBER 4 – 9, 2013

SIGN UP NOW! REGISTER and pay your $500 deposit to save your space (class size is limited) by Friday August 16, 2013

Our signature 5 day hands-on professional Certified PRES Staging & Redesign certification course is currently taught by Canada’s Staging Guru Dana J. Smithers.

Classroom training with Dana J. Smithers - manual, workbook and handouts for on-going learning.

Classroom training with Dana J. Smithers – manual, workbook and handouts for on-going learning.

PLUS enjoy our new venue – we are the only home staging school to hold our course at Fluff Rentals – the most amazing rental inventory showroom in Vancover BC! (value priceless!)

PLUS become eligible to become one of our monthly PRES Featured Stagers

PLUS Receive Special Pricing on all PRES Professional Development Courses

PLUS Receive a ‘FREE’ personally autographed Start and Run Your Home Staging book written by Dana J. Smithers!

3 FULL DAYS of classroom learning and 2 days in REAL CLIENT’S HOMES applying what you learned in the classroom.

You will be amazed at how much CONFIDENCE and VALIDATION of your skills you gain by taking the Certified PRES Home Staging & Redesign course. We are the only home staging school that holds our classroom days in the FLUFF RENTALS design studio.

On Day 5 you get to apply what you learn in the classroom by doing an actual ‘rental inventory practicum’ in the warehouse on the last day of the course. The Fluff staff are great at giving us tours and letting new students sign up for their newsletter and monthly staging meetings.

Cushions are a 'must have' accessory and Fluff has 1000s to choose from!

Cushions are a ‘must have’ accessory and Fluff has 1000s to choose from!

The PRES staging training course teaches you the PRES step-by-step process you need to know to source rental products for your clients. We save you hours of wasted time if you don’t know what you are doing!

Fluff Rentals has a 10,000 square foot warehouse of the most amazing staging rental products.

Starting your colour story with a piece of art is always a smart way to build your overall colour scheme.

Starting your colour story with a piece of art is always a smart way to build your overall colour scheme.

2 FULL DAYS in real clients’ homes so PRES students apply what they learned. During the PRES training course you do a home makeover for LIVING and a home makeover for SELLING so that you have more skills to offer your clients upon graduation!

Staging Training Home ‘BEFORE’

What should be a dining room is being used as a family room for living.

What should be a dining room is being used as a family room for living.

Staging Training Home ‘AFTER’

Terry Osti Client After DR

What a fabulous group of Certified PRES Professional Home Stagers & Redesigners rececent graduates -enthusiastic – talented – ready to go out there to turn their DREAM INTO REALITY!

Graduates with certificates

You will be amazed at how much CONFIDENCE and VALIDATION of your skills you gain by taking the Certified PRES Home Staging & Redesign course. We are the only home staging school that holds our classroom days in the FLUFF RENTALS design studio.

As the PRES home staging and redesign instructor, I am truly blessed to be living my passion. To see such amazing transformations from the time the students sign up to the time they complete the course – is a gift to me! Stagers and redesigners make such a huge difference in the way people live and see their homes. We create MAGIC out there for ourselves and for our clients. It doesn’t’ get much better!

Turn your PASSION into PROFIT! Last PRES Home Staging Summer Course!

If you are still sitting on the fence time is running out to turn your Passion into Profit and start your home staging business NOW! It’s hard to believe the last 5 day hands-on PRES home staging and redesign course is July 15 – 19th and there are only a few seats left! 5 Days of fun, learning, growth, hands-on in real client’s homes to become a Certified PRES Professional Home Stager & Redesigner.

3 FULL DAYS of classroom learning and 2 days in REAL CLIENT’S HOMES applying what you learned in the classroom.

Classroom training with Dana J. Smithers - manual, workbook and handouts for on-going learning.

Classroom training with Dana J. Smithers – manual, workbook and handouts for on-going learning.

You will be amazed at how much CONFIDENCE and VALIDATION of your skills you gain by taking the Certified PRES Home Staging & Redesign course. We are the only home staging school that holds our classroom days in the FLUFF RENTALS design studio.

On Day 5 you get to apply what you learn in the classroom by doing an actual ‘rental inventory practicum’ in the warehouse on the last day of the course. The Fluff staff are great at giving us tours and letting new students sign up for their newsletter and monthly staging meetings.

Cushions are a 'must have' accessory and Fluff has 1000s to choose from!

Cushions are a ‘must have’ accessory and Fluff has 1000s to choose from!

The PRES staging training course teaches you the PRES step-by-step process you need to know to source rental products for your clients. We save you hours of wasted time if you don’t know what you are doing!

Fluff Rentals has a 10,000 square foot warehouse of the most amazing staging rental products.

Starting your colour story with a piece of art is always a smart way to build your overall colour scheme.

Starting your colour story with a piece of art is always a smart way to build your overall colour scheme.

2 FULL DAYS in real clients’ homes so PRES students apply what they learned. During the PRES training course you do a home makeover for LIVING and a home makeover for SELLING so that you have more skills to offer your clients upon graduation!

Staging Training Home ‘BEFORE’

What should be a dining room is being used as a family room for living.

What should be a dining room is being used as a family room for living.

Staging Training Home ‘AFTER’

Terry Osti Client After DR

What a fabulous group of Certified PRES Professional Home Stagers & Redesigners rececent graduates -enthusiastic – talented – ready to go out there to turn their PASSION INTO PROFIT!

Graduates with certificates

As the PRES home staging and redesign instructor, I am truly blessed to be living my passion. To see such amazing transformations from the time the students sign up to the time they complete the course – is a gift to me! Stagers and redesigners make such a huge difference in the way people live and see their homes. We create MAGIC out there for ourselves and for our clients. It doesn’t’ get much better!

Renting Art In North Vancouver is Easy Peasy!

Renting original art in North Vancouver just got easier! There are many great rental furnishing stores in the Lower Mainland, Fluff Rentals being one of our favourite since it has one-stop shopping staging home decor rentals for entire homes. However, if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind original art then you might want to check out the Vancouver Art Gallery Rental and Sales group and CityScape Community Art.

CityScape has an art rental show coming up from January 11 – February 2, 2013 with an Opening Reception on Thursday, January 10th from 7-9pm. You can buy or rent artwork right off the gallery walls. Visit CityScape Community Art Space for the semi-annual salon-style exhibition of the Art Rental collection. The Art Rental Show features more than 400 pieces of original artwork created by local artists.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy original art in your home or office. Art Rental is a convenient and affordable way to enhance any space. Artworks rent for as little as $10 to $40 a month. Works are varied in subject and style; created in watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, photography and mixed media – something for everyone.

This is their contact information:

CityScape Community Art Space
North Vancouver Community Arts Council
335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 2G3
exhibitions@nvartscouncil.ca / www.nvartscouncil.ca 604.988.6844

How To Select Rental Furnishings For Vacant Home Staging

During the 5 day PRES signature Home Staging Training course, we train in one of the largest rental showrooms in Vancouver, Fluff Rentals. One of the advantages is that students get real hands-on experience and learn the process involved with selecting rental furnishings.

I’m happy to share the PRES Vacant Home Staging process that we use when renting from Fluff Designs. Of course there are variations on this method and your rental supplier may work differently with you and your clients!

PROCESS FOR SELECTING RENTAL INVENTORY FROM FLUFF RENTALS:

1. Take photos of each room or area
2. If there is a floor plan work with this as well – if not, hand sketch a floor plan- *For computer software space planning you can try “Better Homes and Gardens Home Designer Suite” by Chief Architect for about $100. Another program is ‘Dream Draper” – www.dreamdraper.com . For more sophisticated software try what the design industry uses such as Autocad, Vectorworks and Sketch-up.
3. Print your photos ( 4x 6 or 5 x 7) in mat finish and put them on paper 8 /12 by 11
4. Determine by looking at the photos what you need in each room/area – start making a list room by room of everything you need in it e.g. living room needs a sofa, 2 chairs, coffee table, 2 end tables, 2 lamps or 1 table lamp and 1 floor lamp, area rug 5 x7, tall plant, 3 small vases with twigs accessories, 1 large piece of art, 2 small pieces of art,
5. Once you have your room list make an Item List indicating which room/area it is for e.g. Furniture – sofa – living room, 2 chairs, living room; Lamps – ,
6. Source the furniture using your ‘colour story’ as your basis – sometimes a piece of art can be a good starting point and/or your colour scheme – big pieces first eg. Sofa, chairs, dining room table and chairs, then plants/florals/trees then smaller accessories. Accessories can take a long time so give yourself lots of time to do all of the sourcing.

Fluff Tour Students Looking at Accessories & Art

Students’ tour looking at accessories and art.

Fluff Sofas and Casegoods – such a great selection

Students’ tour looking at sofas and casegoods.

7. The Fluff team will give you sticky notes to designate your selection and a trolley/cart. Tag the bigger pieces of furniture and the rest goes on the trolley/cart.
8. Once you have selected your items let the Fluffians know and they will make up a quote for you. If all looks good with the quote (within the budget you were working with) go ahead and have them send it to your client. (It is best not to send them the itemized list as they won’t know what it means)
9. The client signs the rental agreement and pays for the first month rentals. You can decide if you want to bill the client directly for the rentals and perhaps mark up the rentals, OR you can have your client deal directly with Fluff.
10. You request Fluff to set up the movers for the delivery. Let them know what day and find out what time they will arrive. Let your client know this.
11. When the movers arrive on the delivery day they will start to bring in your order – have them put the furniture where you want it and start unpacking the bins.
12. You will sign for the delivery and your installation work is finished once you have everything set up.
13. Make sure you have determined a place for storage for all the bins, etc. and not in a spare bedroom – check closets or the garage.
14. Keep in touch with your client to find out when the property is sold. You then need to arrange for the movers to come and pick everything up and you put the smaller items back into the bins.

Fluff Art Selection for Color Story

It’s a good idea to select art from the same family.

Heritage Edwardian Home is SOLD!

Several posts back we shared our story about working with a client who had totally renovated a heritage house and done a spectacular job. PRES staged it and we also mentioned that it would have a small niche market buyer because it is heritage and in Vancouver’s Strathcona area. Strathcona is one of those areas in Vancouver’s Eastside that will be coming to life in the very near future. The city has lots of plans for revitalizing the area so it was a great time to buy.

We’re happy to say that property SOLD in less than ADOM (average days on market) and for top dollar!

Love these signs!

Congratulations to the seller & Stonehouse Realty!

Heritage Edwardian Strathcona Home in Vancouver Is Staged To Sell (continued…)

This Heritage Edwardian home in the Strathcona Vancouver area has finally been listed with EcoRealty and is ready for viewing!

This Edwardian heritage home is a precious little property that is going to appeal to a very special buyer. The ideal buyer will be in love with heritage homes and appreciate the care that the home seller took in keeping as much of the original structure as possible.

The PRES stagers did their best to create an attractive look to the property without taking away from any of the gorgeous architectural features. The home owner completely rebuilt the home keeping all the heritage features including the bannister, fir floors, stained glass windows,fireplace and high ceilings. No expense has been spared on this restoration including: new wood shingle roof, wood siding & new foundation. Soon to have a Heritage of Vancouver plaque confirming the quality that has gone into this home.

Take a look at previous posts to see the stages in preparing this property for selling. It is a real beauty.

Exterior Paint Colours BM Historical True Colours:- Body – Haddington Grey; Pendrell Green Trim; Hastings Red – Door

Benjamin Moore Heritage Exterior Paint Colours work beautifully!

Some interior staging shots…

Beautiful Master Bedroom BM CC 670 Grey Wisp

Guest bedroom with day bed set up - BM HC 172 Revere Pewter

Living Room vignette - sofa had not arrived at time of staging so we worked around it. Notice the gorgeous baseboards!

Office is in the site line so art carefully placed here - BM CC 670 Grey Mist

The trim for all the rooms was CC40 Cloud White which the PRES Staging Resource Centre is a huge fan of!