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Re-Positioning Furniture When Staging a Home

Master Bedroom, 1548A Kingston Rd., Scarborough Home Staging

Instead of replacing your furniture with rented sofas and chairs, home stagers may instead move them from one room to another.

Sometimes a beautiful table or stool just doesn’t match with the rest of your furnishings. By dressing a seat or nightstand up with accessories, some rooms can have a whole new purpose just by re-positioning furniture.

Furniture won’t be the only candidate for a potential transition. Everything from artwork to lamps can be relocated to another room to maximize its purpose. Even aging furniture can be moved to an uncommon room and covered up with matching decor for a relaxation area, perhaps a reading room or a meditation studio.

Re-Arranging Furniture to Stage a Home for Sale in Toronto

When staging any home in the GTA, Design to Impress creates spaces that encourage potential buyers to walk around your property. By intentionally rearranging furniture, a subtle path will be formed to let the buyer travel from room to room.

The rearrangement of furniture will also make your interiors feel less cramped. A table or chair in room may be detached from its set and placed in another room in order to accommodate purpose, space and colour coordination.

Furniture can not crowd or block any walkway or entry point. Depending on the size of the room, sofas and chairs may be placed against the wall, or centered in a conversational setting, to create the appearance of a large room. Props, like a coffee table or plants, may be reduced or enlarged in size, in order to add depth to a room.

By rearranging furniture, buyers can travel from room to room in an endless flow without hassle, walking in open spaces. Ask Toronto’s home stagers, Design to Impress, how they can arrange sofas, chairs, tables and other pieces of furniture to make your home appear spacious.

East York Home Staging: 22 Rhodes, Home Stagers in Toronto

Open Concept, 22 Rhodes, Toronto Home Staging

When the home stagers at Design to Impress prepared the house at 22 Rhodes Ave. in East York, Toronto, one of the highlights involved converting a storage room into a tiny yoga room that also doubled as a meditation studio, using a rug, cozy chair and small table.

In the living room, the accent walls were painted with neutral colours to highlight the fireplace and window. The entire room did not require repainting, as we wanted to direct buyers’ eyes to the room’s focal points. The interiors of a bookshelf were also painted to offset pottery, vases and art sculptures containing it. Soft colour tones were also selected for linens, such as tablecloths, bedsheets and napkins. The powder room, dining room and bedroom were painted with bold tones to emote a cozy, intimate feeling within.

Several sofas and tables were re-positioned and relocated to create purposeful areas. Some chairs were placed to face windows and fireplaces, with accessories like cushions and throws to showcase designated intimate spaces. Our home stagers also made rooms more inviting by making sure furniture accessories looked tidy. Larger accessories were placed in the back, with the smaller pieces positioned in the front. Accessories were limited to groups of three.

Keeping the front yard clean and maintained was essential, as prospective buyers tend to make up their minds about a property within eight to ten seconds of viewing it. It went without saying that a strong first impression was vital. Lawns were cut, weeds were removed, driveways were empty and the front porch was re-painted. All windows were washed on the outside and inside. The garage was organized, and any clutter inside was boxed up and moved off-site. Buyers seeking a quality garage want to see space, and the more you have in a garage, the smaller it looks.

All knickknacks belonging to the homeowner were taken off-site as well. This included pictures on walls and the fridge, clothes in cupboards, everything but the kitchen sink on countertops and even pantry items. The appliances were cleaned to look brand-new. Kitchen cabinet doors and the front of the dishwasher were also replaced, to create a “like new” atmosphere in the kitchen. The less personal effects potential buyers see in each room, the more they can see themselves living in them.

All of the little things took big steps. Contractors were hired and supervised to ensure tasks were done on time and per instruction. The cleaning, replacing and repairing were all essential to the overall home staging project. The final result – 22 Rhodes Ave. sold for a high return on the home staging investment within three weeks, via Design to Impress.

Toronto Condo Staging: 77 Lombard, Home Stagers in Toronto

Family Room, 77 Lombard, Toronto Condo Staging

77 Lombard St., Toronto, condo at Jarvis and Alexander, staged to sell for a high ROI, via Toronto’s home stagers, Design to Impress.

A Few Examples of What to Expect From Home Staging

Sitting Area, 414 Samford, Oakville Home Staging

Stagers prepare homes with a buyer’s perspective. What changes does a home stager make when preparing your property for a showing?

Home staging involves changes to your house or condo with a buyer’s perspective in mind. What changes will a home stager make when preparing your property for a showing? Here are several examples of what you can expect:

Furniture will be arranged to showcase the availability of space. Unwanted furniture and furnishings may be taken off-site, or re-purposed to another room altogether in such a way that creates smooth traffic flow. To make areas look much bigger, furniture won’t be pushed against the wall. Furniture positioning makes an impact on the buyer, as they are looking for vacancies to place their own things. With that in mind, empty spaces are key, but not so much that the place looks lonely.

The buyer’s senses are on full alert when entering an unfamiliar place. You don’t want to scare away potential buyers with an odour of any kind, including pets, cigarettes, or even recently cooked food. The house should smell fresh and inviting during a showing. Replacement aromas may include anything from air fresheners to baked cookies right out of the oven.

All lingering repairs will be made before the showing. The buyer will be looking for anything to reduce the asking price, and if any maintenance issues are apparent, no matter how small they may be, they would be foolish to not jump on it. Everything from the creaky door hinges to loose handrails will be addressed before the showing. Cracks in the floors, dents in the windowsills, even missing screws on the door knocker are all particulars the stager will ensure are corrected beforehand.

Anything personal, such as photographs or decorations, can not be left behind, as the buyer wants to see an immaculate property, not “someone else’s house”. Make the front door inviting. Clutter will be cleared, either taken to storage, or moved to the seller’s new property. Showcasing the square footage of the unit is essential in a buyer’s deciding factor. Messy homes suggest a lack of storage space within the home.

The house will be spotless before the showing. The bathroom will sparkle, the windows will gleam, the appliances will shine and the dog hair will be missing! No one is looking to be a house in “used condition”.

Neutral colors are key in everything from pillows to your walls. The house must look inviting, while appealing to both men and women. Bold colours can scare a potential buyer away. Your furnishings may be replaced if they do not coordinate with the look the home stager is trying to give the house. The walls in several, if not all, rooms may be repainted.

Those are just a few of the changes you can expect the home stager to make before your home is shown to buyers. For more information on how Design to Impress stagers homes in Toronto and the GTA, call (416) 357-7744, or email them here.

Downtown Toronto Condo Staging: 110 Charles St. East

Kitchen, 110 Charles, Toronto Condo Staging

110 Charles St. East, condo at Javis-Charles in Downtown Toronto, staged to sell for high ROI by Toronto’s home stagers, Design to Impress!

Toronto Loft Staging: 1001 Roselawn, Home Stagers in Toronto

Dining Room, 1001 Roselawn, Toronto Home Staging

1001 Roselawn Ave., a loft at Dufferin and Eglinton in North York, was staged to sell for a high ROI by Toronto’s home staging company, Design to Impress.

Our home stagers used accessories on furniture, planting them in odd amounts, mostly in groups of three. Pillows were placed with the smallest in the front and the largest in the back. Some accessories were also grouped by a unifying colour.

We also made spaces appear larger than they look by painting adjacent room the same colour. A seamless look made two small rooms beside each other look like one large space, such as the kitchen and dining room. In bedrooms, the walls were painted the same colour as the drapery to aslo distort the size perception.

Rooms were painted with neutral colours to remove any previous dated finishings on the walls. Bold colours in common rooms tend to scare away potential buyers. However, bold colours were used in the master bedroom, dining room and powder room, in order to make those spaces more intimate and inviting. In some rooms, only certain areas were painted, so as to draw attention to focal points,for example, the walls behind the fireplace and windows in the family room. A couple of bookshelves were also painted to accentuate the art and pottery resting on shelves.

Artwork and pictures on the wall were broken up in various patterns and groups. Frames and paintings hung in a linear fashion tend to be imperceptible to visitors of the home.
Floral arrangements were placed in the front lawn, as well as the dining room and living room, in order to add a a dash of natural colour.

In the bedrooms, luxury linens and soft shades were used to make those spaces more elegant. Closets were purged to show off storage space to potential customers.

Some worn-in cupboard doors were replaced to match existing cabinet doors in good condition. Cabinet doors were refinished to match one another and blend in well the rest of the kitchen. Some cabinet hardware was repaired and replaced, where necessary.
Cracked tiles in bathrooms were replaced, in order to have a pristine-looking bathroom. Some accessories placed around the tub and sink gave the bathrooms a spa-like appearance such as rolled up towels, baskets and candles. Shower curtains were removed and replaced. No one wants to enter a grungy bathroom, and even the slightest hair in the corner can scare a buyer away.

Furniture that was placed up against the walls were grouped to the center of the living room, in order to create an interactive atmosphere, as well as plenty of space to walk. As a result, the room was opened up and made to appear larger.

Some furniture, artwork and accessories were relocated to other rooms where they fit in better. An unused desk was re-purposed to create an office area, while a lone couch, a lamp, a small table and some bookshelves were placed in a smaller room to make it a private library.

The basement had been re-purposed as a meditation and yoga room with the addition of some rugs, padded throws on the wall and some pillows.

Lighting was also altered in many rooms, as previously, every room was lit the same way. Three kinds of lighting were used in this staging process: ambient lighting (living room), task lighting (under-cabinet lights) and accent (library).

Downtown Toronto Condo Staging: 109 Front, Toronto Home Stagers

Open Concept, 109 Front, Toronto Home Staging

109 Front St. at Jarvis and Front in Downtown Toronto, condo staged to sell for a high ROI, via Toronto’s home stagers, Design to Impress!

Toronto Home Staging: 119 Doris, Toronto Home Stagers

119 Doris Ave. at Yonge and Eglinton in North York, house staged to sell for a high ROI, via Toronto’s home stagers, Design to Impress!

North York Home Staging: 79 St. Clements, Toronto Home Stagers

Foyer, 79 St. Clements, Toronto Home Staging

79 St. Clements Ave., house at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto, staged to sell for a high ROI ($1,299,800), via Toronto’s home stagers, Design to Impress, May 2012.

Oshawa Home Staging: 2461 Hill Rise, Home Stagers Toronto

Living Room, 2477 Hill Rise, Oshawa Home Staging

Oshawa Home Staging: 2461 Hill Rise Court, a house in Durham Region in Ontario staged to sell for a high ROI via Toronto’s home staging company, Design to Impress.