Are you staging your home but don’t know where to start?
If you’re considering selling your home or condo in Toronto, you are about to embark on a huge undertaking that will require considerable time and sometimes resources.
Staging a home is no simple task
Over the last 20 years, a huge variety of television shows have educated the general public about what's involved in preparing your home for the real estate market: sometimes it's called staging. One of the early shows that I remember was a Debbie Travis production called "BUY ME". The first season started in Quebec and then the producers came to Toronto to look for opportunities to create some episodes.
In 2003/04, I was in my first year in this business. I was being mentored by two RE/MAX agents who had great sense of style when it came to decorating a home. They were amazing at how they could pull a home together so that it would look great in photos and even better in person. When asked if they wanted to be involved in the filming of a "Buy Me" episode, they said YES! The three of us plus partners and brothers and moms were recruited to get a home on Dearbourne Avenue ready for the show and ready to sell on the Toronto real estate market.
We started by:
- Packing up the house, emptying closets of all clothes, toys, linens, vacuum cleaner, ironing board etc etc etc and moving everything into storage locker.
- Cleaning the house - top to bottom - into every cupboard, closet, nook and cranny.
- Getting minor repairs done.
- Furnishing the home and decorating it. Do we use the clients furniture or bring some of our own pieces? My mentors found a furniture store on the Danforth that was willing to furnish the entire house!
The result was spectacular! And the house sold with 5 competing offers well over the asking price!
I started working on my own about a year later. The training I received was invaluable. When I needed advice, I could always count on my mentors to help me out.
What came out of this training and my subsequent experience in the real estate business was my eBook, "When a House is not a Home". Everything you really need to know about the process of selling real estate in Toronto is in this book!
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