Staging your home, Reclaiming Home style



My beloved friends Anna-Lisa and Scott are moving. It is a good thing for their family and I'm very excited for them. Over the past eight years we have worked together transforming their home. I think on the second playdate for our kids I rearranged their living room. I do not think there is a single room in their house we haven't worked on together. We built our friendship partly through transforming their home. So when they made the decision to put their house on the market, I asked them if I could stage it for them. I utilized the same philosophy Reclaiming Home employs when styling other people's homes: using mainly what they already own and filling in the gaps with thrifted and new items. All three of us put in a lot of work to get their house ready for market. I did style the home differently than I would have if I were doing it for a normal client. I styled it so that potential buyers could see not only the best parts of the home, but also want it for themselves. That included a lot of editing. I touched almost all the rooms in the house, so I'll break it down into smaller sections. Let's start with the entrance, front music room, and attached dining room. 

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The only thing we added was a rug from HomeSense for $70. Everything else actually involved removing items. The coat rack is beautiful and functional for when they are living, but our goal was to make the entryway feel and look as bright and spacious as possible. The new, lighter, textured rug makes a big difference. We wanted the front living room to feel very much like a library/music room. This seating vignette is the perfect place to read a book or listen to the piano.

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My friends love books and they have a lot of them. So in order to stage this room I edited. I went through all their books (many of which I have borrowed and read) and I reworked all the shelves. When you are trying to sell a home, styled bookshelves with room to breathe have a big impact on buyers. We also removed the cat tree that was in the front window. There isn't a tonne of furniture in this room, but when buyers walked in they knew its purpose -- music and reading -- and it draws you into the house.

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All we did in this room was edit. We removed everything from the built-in sideboard, we removed the chair from the end of the table, and we placed a giant bowl of red apples as a centrepiece. These are tiny changes but they have a huge impact on how buyers perceive a home. 

If you are selling your home this is a new option that Reclaiming Home is offering. I can stage your home using mostly what you already own and make your house feel like a home people want to live in. 

The results of this staging were really exciting. As soon as the listing, which included pictures, hit the internet, their wonderful realtor Susan Horon (of Royal LePage Noralta Real Estate) had the house fully booked for showings for the first two days it was available. They received multiple offers and got over their asking price. They even had a family who didn't have an appointment drive to their home and ask to buy it without seeing inside, despite the fact that the home was already under contract. Not only that, but some of the offers that were not accepted called on closing day to see if the first offer fell through. Even if you already have a great house, staging can make a big difference in appealing to homebuyers. As a seller, this is the kind of reaction you want your home to create. I can't wait to show you the rest of the house.





























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