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A home is a huge financial and emotional investment, and a dream for many. Most of us imagine it in our childhood, then plan for it in adulthood. When you’re finally ready to shop the market, today’s homebuyers have technology on their side, helping them find that perfect place.

Unless it’s not really perfect.

Welcome to the world of virtual home staging, where things aren’t always as they seem. Let me illustrate my point by telling you my personal home-buying horror story.

As is common nowadays, my search started online. After a seemingly endless stretch of scouring listings, I finally came upon a real contender. Stainless steel appliances, granite countertop, gleaming hardwood floors and crown moulding. This place almost seemed too good to be true, for that asking price.

I booked a viewing, prepared to be blown away and make an offer. That is until I saw the place in person.

The furniture was gone. I’m talking empty, except for my disappointment. I’m not sure what the biggest let-down was: the stained carpet, the dated laminate countertop (where I swear I remembered granite in the photos), the leaking faucets, cracked walls, the list continues. That’s when I learned that “virtual staging” is a thing.

With technology, it’s easy to entice homebuyers by showcasing a perfect home using virtual staging. While conventional home staging involves furniture and decorative elements to boost the home’s appeal, virtual staging requires no physical furnishings, just software and imagination. There’s no limit to the types of digital upgrades that can be applied – none of which actually come with the house.

Decorating software has its place. As a stylist, it’s an awesome tool to test new finishes and products before making a financial investment. Virtual staging programs let you try it before you buy it, so you can make confident choices.

This technology can also be used to give prospective homebuyers a view of what’s possible in a given space, with the right investment. Some homebuyers have a hard time seeing beyond the dingy wallpaper and old carpets. Virtual staging programs help homebuyers picture their potential dream home, with all the bells and whistles of their dream home.

In my case, virtual technology was used to falsify a listing with phony features, and it only served to turn me off – and likely many other home hunters, too.

Real estate agents have a moral and professional code to present listings truthfully. Speaking as a decorator and a homebuyer, there’s a lot to be said about a little honesty.

TIP FOR HOMEBUYERS: Do your due diligence as you shop for homes. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. And before you schedule a showing at that incredible home you saw online, it never hurt to ask the listing agent if the photos have been digitally altered.

TIP FOR HOME SELLERS: Attracting home hunters is a good thing, but closing the sale is the real objective. If your home has been virtually staged, disclose such information to your buyers right off the bat. After all, if they can’t trust your listings, what else are you hiding behind the walls?

Originally written for Stylishly Living for The Toronto Sun. Click here for Toronto Sun article.

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc.  Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Red Barrinuevo is a Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist and Principal Designer of Redesing4More Inc., servicing Toronto & the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

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Listing Price: $474,900
Address: 308-60 Colborne St, Toronto                                                                                                                                                Contact Person:  Scott BaumanAmbitious Realty Advisors Inc.                                                                                              905-538-6541 ; 905-296-5017

This 461 sq ft bachelor unit has a great layout which is important to function well in a small condo unit. The square footage might be small but this unit is definitely big on function and style after it was staged and set up.

Below is the official listing description from MLS

Luxurious functioning living space in this 461 sqft studio unit. Features include floor to ceiling windows, in-suite laundry, hardwood, luxury kitchen, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, backsplash, and room divider. Upgrades included are glass room divider, quartz countertops, backsplash and bathroom tiles. Located only steps to King Street subway. 24Hr Concierge, Guest Suites, Raised Rooftop Pool, Outdoor Lounge Area & Exercise Room.

Click here for more photos and more info on this property.

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REDESIGN4MORE Inc.  Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Red Barrinuevo is a Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist and Principal Designer of Redesing4More Inc., servicing Toronto & the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I have a thing for the colour blue. This is probably one of the most versatile colours in the rainbow, and in my professional opinion, one of the more exciting hues on the colour spectrum. Bright blue in all its glory has the potential to be the star of the show, but its muted, gentler variations effortlessly take the place of neutral. Blue is friendly, unfailing and universally loved, which is why it’s one of my top picks to work with.

Blue comes in literally hundreds of different shades to choose from. Azure, Cerulean, Indigo, Ice, each very different from the last. This shapeshifter has the ability to go from introspective to engaged, to utterly relaxed, depending on its tone, temperature and vibrancy. This is the reason you see blue used in so many rooms, with such different results.

Here are some things to keep in mind, that’ll give you blues for all the right reasons.

The bathroom is a logical choice for ocean-inspired, calm-inducing cool shades of blues, such as aquamarine and turquoise. These shades pair well with mirror and polished chrome and complement crisp white casings, fixtures and floors beautifully. This classic palette boasts wide-spread appeal, for good reason. The look is fresh and clean, perfect for a spa-inspired bathroom.

While blue is commonly thought to be a cool colour, that would be a mistake. There are warm variations of this hue, too, which are perfect for when you want to warm up a room without resorting to traditional red-influenced colours. Blues such as denim or slate have earthy, organic characteristics that are subtly warm without being obvious.

A warm blue is a perfect choice in a living room, showcasing some wonderful depth and drama. Depending on the desired atmosphere in your space, you could go for a moody navy blue, bold peacock or a sophisticated blue with grey undertones. Warm blues are also stunning in cozy spaces such as the kitchen, family room, den or a reading room.

Beyond temperature, colour intensity also influences the mood of your space. A saturated shade of blue will convey a very different look and feel than a faded version of the same.

The bedroom is ever the happy host for the paler shades blue, thanks to their cooing, cleansing qualities. Barely there blues act as palette-cleansers, which are essential for hectic lifestyles, delivering some much-needed serenity. After all, the bedroom is where you welcome the new day; it’s where you escape at the end of a long night; it’s where you dream.

Blue is currently enjoying a big come-back in the world of interior design and decor – although to be fair, I don’t think it ever really left. You could splash every room in a different shade of blue, and each one would have a  distinct look and vibe. Whether you commit to blue walls, fixtures or furnishings, or you opt for pops of trendy blue in your accessories, incorporate it into your next home redesign as a fresh new twist on an old favourite.

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc.  Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Red Barrinuevo is a Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist and Principal Designer of Redesing4More Inc., servicing Toronto & the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

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Save the date! On January 28th and 29th 2019, the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) is once again hosting the RESA Connect Toronto at the Toronto International Design Center. This two-day educational event is designed to the top producing stager, seasoned stager or any stagers looking to expand their business and services.

I am excited to share my successful hacks on how to develop home staging projects into a profitable design opportunity. Planning to include interior decorating as part of your services? Let me help you!  Join me and six other speakers for this two-day event packed with educational sessions, networking, and more.

See you there!

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc.  Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Red Barrinuevo is a Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist and Principal Designer of Redesing4More Inc., servicing Toronto & the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

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Feng Shui is the ancient art of divination that uses the laws of both Heaven and Earth to help improve one’s life, by receiving positive energy. It’s all about creating harmonious surroundings that enhance the balance of yin and yang (good and bad).

It is fitting to share with you some tips as we start the new year. So here are the feng shui tips from around the web, along with a few of my thoughts that can help bring in more love and more prosperity in your home this year.  Keep in mind that these feng shui tips can only get you so far. What’s important is that you make the effort to work hard on your goals. Don’t ever expect feng shui to do all the work for you.

1. KEEP YOUR HOME CLUTTER FREE ( To Attract Money )

A cluttered space can neither attract, nor keep, the energy of wealth. Stuck, stagnant energy in a specific area of your house will sooner or later express itself in stagnation in an area of your life. Get rid of your clutter, clear out your closets, your basement, and your garage; once these areas are clean, do not let them accumulate more clutter. Good, fresh feng shui energy expresses itself in a clean space, fresh air, and plenty of good light. Clutter jams up good energy and leads to procrastination.

2. MAKE YOUR FRONT DOOR INVITING (To Attract Money)

If it’s hard to find your front door or it’s confusing as to how to get in, it’ll be hard for an opportunity to make its way into your life as well. Put in an archway or gate to denote the front door if you need to, and make sure the doorbell works. The welcome mat should be bright and fresh. Sweep the steps and sidewalk in front, and add a potted plant to the entryway.

3. PLACE YOUR BED PROPERLY (To Attract Love)

Avoid placing your bed in a corner because you or your partner may feel trapped. In other words, this means that both sides of the bed should be easily accessible where you or your partner doesn’t have to climb over another body to get on and off the bed. Place your bed properly to prevent one person from getting the less desirable position. This way, getting out of bed will be less disruptive and conflicts regarding sleep can be completely avoided.

4. ADD PLANTS AND WATER (To Attract Money)

To bring in more prosperity, it’s important to create a vibrant, healthy, inspiring and clutter-free home.  Bring in vibrant life forces such as plants and flowers, and don’t forget to have fresh air circulating. Fountains are important wealth adjustments in feng shui because they stimulate prosperity and energy, and symbolize money.

5. MAKE IT DOUBLES (To Attract Love)

If you want to start a relationship, don’t surround yourself with single imagery. Avoid a single chair in the corner, solitary images in artwork and solo photographs. It’s important to create the energy of partnership around you, otherwise, you are continually enforcing singularity. Add a second chair to a sitting area, double up on nightstands and surround yourself with pairs of everything.

6. FURNITURE LEGS ON RUGS (To Attract Love)

Never put all your furniture against the walls. Furniture should be arranged to support communication, so forget where the walls are. Put at least the front legs of all furniture on the rug — not just around it — and people will sit there and talk.

7. LOCATE YOUR MONEY AREA (To Attract Money)

Locate your feng shui money area and take very good care of it. Typically, this is your home office where you manage finances and other work. You will want to include elements like wood, which represent money and wealth. The colour blue and pictures of rivers, lakes, and oceans represent water, which nourishes the wood. You can also use mirrors, plants, and small icons that symbolize prosperity.

8. REMEMBER THE YIN OF THE BEDROOM (To Attract Love)

Yin energy helps people relax. That’s why the bedroom should use dimmer lights, soft music, or colours that induce relaxation. As mentioned earlier, stress decreases bedroom romance. A bedroom with more Yin energies can help you and your partner relax, which will naturally open the doors for the both of you to connect intimately.

9. AVOID WATER SYMBOLS (To Attract Money)

Drippy faucets are a sign of money going to waste. Whatever the state of your water, your finances mirror those. To increase your bank account, repair broken or leaking faucets and remove all stagnant water from your property. Ever heard the expression, ‘I just can’t get my head above water’? It’s best not to display water-based artwork or mirrors higher than your nose, which carries the same significance in feng shui. For most of us, that means no mirrors or water scenes above the bed.

10. CREATE A COZY BEDROOM (To Attract Love)

Oversized master bedrooms need to be cozier in order to have good relationship feng shui. Start by closing off any adjoining rooms, including a bathroom, office, patio or gym. If there’s no door, install curtains. If you have a sitting area, arrange the chairs toward each other, and downsize with a smaller bed — go from king to queen or queen to double. When the space gets bigger and bigger, people tend to live further and further apart emotionally.

11. BRING IN NEW OPPORTUNITIES (To Attract Money)

Sometimes it doesn’t take money to make money — just a yard sale. Take out clutter to increase prosperity; what you don’t use, don’t love, don’t need. Space equals opportunity.

12. NURTURE THE FIRE ELEMENT (To Attract Love)

Fire is an element in feng shui that helps instigate the spark in a new relationship or keep the love burning. You can bring this element into your home in a few different ways. Quite literally, a fireplace or a burning candle can be used to attract love. You can also incorporate the colour red into a space with accent pieces like a throw blanket, a rug, a painting, or a red wall. The only thing to remember is that there should be a balance. Too much red can lead to aggression and anger. Start gradually and sit with it before adding more.

13. CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE COLOURS (To Attract Money)

Make sure your home speaks to you, or the feng shui updates won’t work. The biggest feng shui money mistakes people make are choosing adjustments they don’t like. For example, red is considered a lucky colour and you might hear that painting your door red will attract wealth. The bottom line is, if you don’t like red you will hate coming and going through it every day. Click here to know your Feng Shui Lucky Colours of 2019 according to your Chinese zodiac sign! 

14. REMOVE NEGATIVE SYMBOLISMS (To Attract Love)

To decrease stress and arguing in your home, check your surroundings. One couple that fought constantly had crisscross swords over their bed, and another couple had guns on their living room wall. Keep photos and artwork pleasing, inspiring and uplifting.

15. FOCUS ON ONE ANOTHER (To Attract Love)

When it comes to the master bedroom, it’s not about the view or TV. The bedroom is about passion and rejuvenation. To increase intimacy in your home, install heavy, cozy drapes over large windows, remove the TV and never sleep with a laptop, iPhone or other electronics buzzing near your bed. The bedroom should be low-tech and romantic. Avoid pictures and decor featuring anyone other than the people sleeping there — wedding pictures work, but family photos don’t.

A good feng shui house is one that is nourished by fresh, clear, and free-flowing energy. There is no stagnant, old, or blocked energy anywhere in the house. Everything around us is in constant flow, in constant change. So, even after you’ve created a strong feng shui foundation, the work continues. Get into the habit of keeping the energy fresh and flowing, and be very mindful of not creating areas where energy is stuck.

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc.  Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Red Barrinuevo is a Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist and Principal Designer of Redesing4More Inc., servicing Toronto & the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

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Is it just me or did this year fly by?  2018 is almost over but before we wrap it up, let’s look back and revisit the year that was packed with beautiful home transformations! Here are six of my favourite projects in and around Toronto for 2018.

OAKVILLE INTERIOR DECORATING PROJECT

We started 2018 with our biggest and most extensive interior decorating project to date. Located at Lakeshore and Dorval Road in Oakville, this 7000 sq ft newly built luxury home is everybody’s dream home. It was a great privilege to help the homeowners design the whole house from top to bottom for them to live in and enjoy. The end result was fabulous!

HOLLYWOOD AVENUE HOME STAGING

Listed at the beginning of Spring this home had sold at a whopping $200,000 over it’s asking on the first week of listing. Once again proving the power of home staging.

NEWMARKET HOME STAGING

From stale to sold! This property was on the market for six months with no serious offers at all. After a site visit and a consultation with the homeowners, we showcased and styled it to its full potential. The result was incredible and the house was sold in one month at its full asking price with no conditions. Mission accomplished!

BROADVIEW AVENUE STAGING

Home staging is not a one size fits all kind of business because every property has its own vibe and ‘feel’ to it if you know what I mean. You have to listen to it so you can achieve an effective styling that sells. A cookie cutter staging just won’t cut it in a tough market like Toronto.

DISTILLERY LANE CONDO STAGING

Living in a small space does not necessarily mean you have to sacrifice style and function. The key here is the proper layout and the right size pieces for the space.  This condo has less than 650 sq ft of living space which can look teeny-tiny with the wrong pieces (or showcased as vacant) but with the right staging and styling, you can visually double its square footage.

ETOBICOKE HOME STAGING

The best part of being a property stylist in Toronto is the opportunity to work with some of the best houses in and around the city like this Lakeshore property. Listed at almost $3M  and situated by the water, this property calls for a more precise presentation to appeal to its target demographics; so that’s what we did.  It sold in 72 hours at full asking price.

Well, that’s my round up for the year.  Designing, decorating and staging some wonderful spaces for wonderful people. Enjoy the rest of your 2018 and we look forward to working with and serving you better in 2019! Let us help you maximize your home’s full potential and enhance the way you live; because coming home is one of the most beautiful things.

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc.  Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Red Barrinuevo is a Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist and Principal Designer of Redesing4More Inc., servicing Toronto & the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

Click here to know more about Red and Redesign4more.

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As a professional interior stylist and decorator, believe me when I say details really do matter when it comes to decorating and styling.  Some people may have a great eye for decorating and design, but this is more on the side of those who can’t do anything without consulting on Pinterest boards before making any decorating changes.

I’ve compiled some of my decorating and styling secrets to help you with all your decorating needs. Use these tips in your own home and make it just as impressive as your favorite HGTV home reveals.

1. MEASURE 

When furniture shopping, measure your space. Twice. Furniture pieces always look small in the stores because of its wide open space and high ceiling. Always measure first to avoid surprises and the hassle of returning it.

2. THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE

Start your living room furniture plan with the best seat in the room and work from there. You might want to create one or several conversation areas in the large living room for example.

3. THE HANG-UP

Artwork hung over a mantel should have the same or similar width as the fireplace opening but not wider. For artwork behind the sofa, the general rule is at least 75% of the size of the furniture.  I’ve found that 63″ from the floor is the perfect viewing height.

4. YOU NEED BLACK

Every room needs a little touch of black whether it be a lamp, a cushion, your mantel or rug pattern. In combination with other hues, it can provide weight, definition relief, great style, and sophistication.  It’s like a hint of horseradish in a bland sauce – it adds the right amount of life without anyone noticing it.

5. MANTEL TALK

The guideline for galleries is to place them at 60 inches from the floor to the center of the mirror or painting. I found that the perfect amount of space between a mirror and the top of the mantle is 4″- 7″.

6. DISPLAYING COLLECTIONS

Displaying any collection, small or large, call for ruthless editing. Always ask yourself, ‘Do I love it, does it enhance my life, and can I live without it?’ Restrain calms the eye and gives everything a sense of purpose.

7. PILE ON PILLOWS

One pair of pillows always looks skimpy, use two pairs, in contrasting patterns, colors, and textures.  As a stylist and a decorator, I personally don’t do dinky accents… small pillows look like something that came with the furniture.

8. TV TALK

As a general rule, the ideal height to hang your TV screen is at the eye level when you are in viewing position. The ideal viewing distance is one and half times the size of your flat screen.

9. ON LIGHTING

Lighting is everything. It creates atmosphere, drama, and intrigue in a room. The easiest way to accomplish this is to use dimmers and to layer your lighting by using different light sources around the room.

10. MIX METALLICS

Metallic finishes already add plenty of sparkles, but the sheen will make a bigger impact in a variety of colors. I don’t know why people don’t mix gold with silver more often — they look so smart together, the key is to use a lot of both; you can’t be shy with one or the other.

11. FLOAT FURNITURE PIECES

Sofas and chairs work better if you distance them from the wall to create a greater sense of space. By pulling your seating arrangement in (even just a few inches), you instantly warm up space and create flow.

12. DIVIDE AND CONQUER

A decorative folding screen can change an entire room. Standing behind a sofa, a bed, filing an awkward corner, or dividing living-dining area– it adds instant impact.

13. PERFECT HEIGHT

The ideal height for dining room chandeliers should hang 60″to 66″ above the floor or 30″ to 35″ above the dining table.  This is the height that is perfect for function and a visual feast.

14. DINING TABLE DILEMMA

Don’t ever put a round dining table in a long, skinny, rectangular room, and vice versa- never a rectangular dining table in a square room.  Make sure you allow a minimum of 36″ of space around your dining room table to give your chairs enough room to pull back.

15. ODD NUMBERS

Another go-to trick is to arrange accessories in odd numbers. Don’t ask why this works, it just does. There is something visually pleasing about groupings of 3 or 5. To add more interest, use coffee table books or stacked magazines to vary height.

16. KEEP DISTANCE

Keep a minimum of 15″ between coffee tables and sofas.

17. PLAY WITH PATTERNS AND TEXTURE

Use texture and pattern to create areas of interest to guide the eye to particular focal points. Use bold patterns on your cushions, combine it with a similar coloured highly textured cushions, see what happens in your space. You can have a lot of fun by playing around with texture and pattern.

18. BEDROOM RULES

As a decorator, I found that a comfortable height for a bed is 23″ off the floor. And the bench at the foot of the bed should be no less than 4″ to 6″ less than the mattress width.

19. LOOK DOWN

Stylist typically use rugs to highlight a room, increase visual impact, or to create division and definition within an open-concept layout.  With that said, resist the urge to overuse rugs. It’s a fine line between just enough to over-the-top.  For pet owners, cowhide is your best floor covering- you can’t beat it, cannot hurt it.

20. A TOUCH OF COLOUR

Personally, I get bored without a touch of colour in a room.  Interesting, strong, clear colours are easier to live with in the long run than pale colours. People always think its the opposite, but in actuality, soft colours get boring quicker. Artwork is a great way to incorporate colour without commitment!

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc. Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal of Redesign4more, servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

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Fall is here, which means that if you’re about to put your home on the market (or if it’s still on the market since summer) then you’ll have to add an extra special touch to your property to get buyers ready to move in.  Fall is a busy season for Toronto real estate and a great time to start fresh with some inspired action and to spruce up your listing to get more buyer interest through the door!

ONLINE LISTING PHOTOS ARE A MUST

Prospective buyers start their initial search online that’s why clear and appealing photos of every room is a must to spark interest and motivate buyers to your doorstep. If your listing photos are showing poorly online or worse – you don’t have any photos at all, it’s game over. Buyers will click away to the next available listing. Hiring a professional real estate photographer is a great investment. You should also have a clear, professional and concise listing description.

SET THE STAGE

Effective staging and showcasing of a property is not just about furnishing a space, it is more than that.  Every piece of furniture and accessories should help enhance and elevate the room’s aesthetics, it should tell a story and should sell a lifestyle the buyers are looking for. Each piece of furniture or accessory should be used to motivate buyers to place an offer. Showcase every room in the house with intention, know your buyers, and use the right pieces for the right home.

REEVALUATE YOUR FURNITURE PLACEMENT

Should you have a TV in your living room? As a professional stager and interior stylist, I strongly recommend removing the TV in the living room if you can live without it for the time being. Yep, big black screens are an eyesore, especially if they’re blocking the light or detracting from a beautiful mantel, replace it with an artwork instead. It will immediately change the look and the feel of the room.  Take another look at how the furniture is positioned now that the TV isn’t there. Consider rearranging to maximize the functionality of the space. It might not be how your family uses the room, but it’ll present really well.

WHEN IN DOUBT, WORK WITH A PRO

Selling a home is not the time to experiment with your decorating skills. Some things are best left to the professionals. Styling and staging a home – particularly if you are selling in a tough market – is one of those things. Granted you can completely do a satisfactory job staging your home yourself, but especially in a competitive housing market, “satisfactory” won’t get you the best offer out there. Remember: you only have one chance to make a great first impression, so make it count.

 
RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc.  Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Red Barrinuevo is a Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist and Principal Designer of Redesing4More Inc., servicing Toronto & the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

Click here to know about Red and REDESIGN4MORE. 

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Styling and selling a home is a big job – two full-time jobs, actually. While I can certainly respect those who make every effort to do it themselves, it’s no easy task. With that said, I give props to those who know when it’s time to call a pro.

Here are six signs you need to have your stylist on speed-dial.

1. You barely have time to do your daily chores.

It’s a common scenario: you’re swamped with chores, work, and family. Now you’ve added selling a home to your to-do list. Preparing a home for resale can take days or weeks, depending on its condition. A professional stylist comes at a cost, but it’s worth the price and you’ll likely see a return on your investment – not to mention a quicker sale.

2. You have no idea that furniture rental companies exist.

You’ve opted to “make do” with your slightly outdated, somewhat worn furniture, which isn’t doing you any favours. While some existing furnishings can be used, stagers have access to a large inventory of beautiful pieces that will make your house look like a million bucks. The right furniture will highlight your home’s best features, making it an easier sale.

3. The term “vignette,” “rule of three,” or colour repetition doesn’t ring a bell.

Successful styling creates a connection between your home and potential buyers. The stylist’s job is to make them “fall in love” through decorating techniques like key furniture placement, small vignettes, and complementary colour schemes. They leave the buyer wanting more. If you don’t have a flair for this, call a stylist.

4. You have no idea who your target buyers are.

Staging your home without knowing who your potential buyer is, is like driving without knowing your destination. It’s easy to get lost. Knowing your target demographic is job one. Aside from a professional’s knowledge of the latest decorating trends, home stylists do their research before taking on any project.  They will investigate comparable homes on the market, what the housing market trends are, and how to set your home apart from the rest.

5. Your competition outshines you.

If other houses in your area are selling while yours sits on the market, call a stylist. The resale market is like a beauty contest for houses. The better the presentation, the greater its appeal to the judges – home hunters. Think of home stylists as fashion consultants for homes, who will dress it up and give it an edge.

6. Your project-management skills are lacking.

If managing many moving parts feels like juggling, call a stylist. At times, home staging requires help from third-party contractors like painters, movers, cleaners, organizers, and refinishers, depending on its condition. The process can get hectic and stressful because everybody has their own agenda, schedule and deadline to follow. And don’t forget your already hectic lifestyle. Call a professional to manage the process from start to finish.

Think of a professional stylist not as an expense, but an investment to improve your chances of a higher offer, and a faster sale.

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc. Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal of Redesign4more, servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

Click here to know more about Red and REDESIGN4MORE.

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Selling a home can be highly stressful, but when done right, there can be a huge pay off. Working with the right home stager can mean the difference between a lagging listing and a speedy sale – at a higher price!

Now, you may question the value and services of a home stager. Ultimately, it’s my job to create an emotional connection to your home and make buyers fall in love. Here are 5 signs it’s time to call in a pro.

1. If you barely have time to do the dishes…

Work life, family life, social life – it’s a juggling act, and you haven’t even thought about cleaning the house! Preparing a home for sale takes more time than you’d anticipate. Depending on your home’s condition, it can take weeks to get the place in “showing” condition. It’s time to call in a home stager, who knows what it takes to showcase and style a home and create the right impression for prospective homebuyers.

2. If you didn’t know you can rent furniture…

Selling your home – in some cases, for over asking – means showing it at its best. This means outfitting it with the right furnishings that are the right size and style. This doesn’t mean spending tens of thousands on high-end pieces. Home stagers have access to a large inventory of beautiful furniture and eye-catching accessories boost visual impact on buyers and potentially justify a higher asking price.

3. If the term “vignette” doesn’t ring a bell…

Home stagers use a variety of decorating techniques to highlight your home’s best attributes and make it feel like “home.” These include staging small vignettes that set a tone and paint a pleasing picture. A welcoming entranceway, a cozy reading corner, a display of your collectibles. Incorporating the right decor elements leaves the buyer wanting more. If you don’t have a flare for this, call a stager.

4. If you don’t know who your target buyer is…

Staging a home without a target demographic is like driving without a destination. Aside from their knowledge of what’s trending in decor, home stagers do their research before taking on a project. That means having knowledge of the real estate trends in your neighbourhood, and having the comparables to help maneuver the sale in your favour. Knowing your target buyer is key to effective home staging.

5. If your competition leaves you in the dust…

Are other houses in your neighbourhood selling fast, while yours hasn’t received any bites from buyers in the last 30 days? Remember, selling a home is largely about making a great first impression – and you only have one chance to make a good impression. If buyers aren’t “wowed” on their first walk-through of your home, you can be sure they’ll just keep walking to the next house.

Many home sellers pass on the services of a professional home stager to save money, but this is a costly mistake.  Hiring a professional home stager is a small investment that can boost your chances of a quicker sale at a higher price.

RED BARRINUEVO

REDESIGN4MORE Inc. Home Staging & Interior Decorating

Toronto-based, award-winning Interior Stylist, Red Barrinuevo is an Interior Decorator and Principal of Redesign4more, servicing clients in Toronto and the GTA. The firm’s known for enhancing and creating stylish yet functional spaces through their creative home staging, interior styling, and design services.

Click here to know more about Red and REDESIGN4MORE.

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