An entryway should always be staged. It is the first impression that a potential buyer has when he/she walks into a home. There is a missed opportunity in some homes that I have seen to make a huge impact visually. An entryway that functions well helps the buyer envision how he or she would use the space. Sometimes entryways are small but with the right mirror or statement art they can draw in potential buyers as well. Larger entryways need more work and should be staged accordingly to their size.
Some tips for a well staged entryway
- Keep it cluttered free-shoes, jackets, umbrellas,hats and purses should be stored away
- Choose the right size console table or bench for the entryway-furniture pieces that are big can make a potential buyer feel cramped and too small furniture pieces in an expansive foyer can look awkward
- Add a mirror or piece of artwork making sure the proportions are right for the space (the frame should be narrower than the width of the console table)
- When staging I like to use baskets, books, plants and other props to make an impact.
I believe bathrooms should always be staged. Bathrooms help sell a home. I love accessorizing them and they are one of my most favourite rooms to stage. In a master ensuite potential buyers want to envision themselves taking a bath/shower in spa like bathroom. The main bathroom in a home should always be clean and updated if possible. Updates may include a new light fixture, mirror, and wall colour.You often do not need a full blown renovation, but considering you can get 75% to 100% of the renovation costs back it is worth investing in if your existing bathroom is very dated.
Here are a few bathroom essentials before putting your house on the market
- Clean the bathroom, I think bathrooms should look spotless
- Remove toilet brushes, cleaning supplies and dirty mats (I typically do not recommend bath mats)
- Remove the bathroom scale if it is visible
- Invest in repairs. Nobody wants a leaky faucet, loose towel bars, chipped tiles or scuffed up walls
- Change the shower curtain if it is dirty, old or torn
- Do not put freshners, or scents in a bathroom
- Use a Stager!!!
This is a main bathroom that I staged just recently. My client installed new granite countertops, sink and faucet not too long ago. I just love the existing wall colour! As soon as I saw the wall colour I knew I wanted to accessorize with pink. It looks so pretty now! Here are the before pictures.
Our family room is one of the first rooms we tackled when we first moved in. The family room was pink and needed a makeover! Our family room had great features like a vaulted ceiling and large windows which was great though. I wanted a light colour palette for the main floor with a slightly coastal feel. Our family room makeover started with removing the popcorn ceiling. This process can be extremely messy so starting with the ceiling is a good idea. The floors were stripped and stained to a custom colour. Scott painted the walls and installed cultured stone on the fireplace wall. New lighting and accessories finished off our living room makeover.
I am happy with my family room, but taking all the elements that I love and rolling them into one eye popping, mouth watering family room like the one designed by designer Jenny Lyons of Dove Studio and Interior Designer Lisa Parke would be heaven. Take a look!
Where to Buy
- Side Table – Joss & Main
- Ceiling Light – Lamps Plus
- Coffee Table – Custom
- Cultured Stone – The Fireplace Center
Sometimes when you have existing oak floors you just can’t get past the idea that you don’t like the colour or how your floors look in your room with your existing paint colours or fabrics. Should you stain your floors if this happens.
When Scott and I bought this home we had red oak floors. I wanted to strip them and apply a clear coat or light stain. I had dark coloured floors in our last house and wanted a change. Scott wanted darker floors. Compromising during renovations is critical because it can be a stressful time. We agreed to disagree and our red oak floors were professionally stripped and stained. I love the floors we have now but the existing oak floors could have worked as well.
Red oak can be much more challenging to stain than white oak. It has pink undertones and the pink can vary depending on source location and the mill producing the wood. We hired a professional who combined his own mix. The overall result turned out great. I think red oak and especially white oak floors do look great in a room. Should you stain your oak floors? I would say no not always. Dark oak floors look beautiful but red oak and white oak are gorgeous as well. Choosing the right paint colours and including the right fabric and textures can make red oak or white oak floors look amazing in a room too!
Oak Floors and Grey Painted Walls