Staging Savvy with Wendy

Moving Seniors

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Seniors form a growing segment of our population. 16.1 percent in Canada.

They are moving into a new phase of life, which may require them to sell their homes for various reasons. As an assisting professional we need to know recognize a few things:

1. Avoid addressing seniors as dear or sweetie, automatically speaking to them in a slow loud voice or talking about them as if they were not present. This often sends the message that the person(s) are incompetent and may begin a negative spiral for older people, who react with decreased self-esteem, depression, withdrawal and the assumption of dependent behaviors according to a piece in the New York Times.

2. Secondly, be aware that the elderly are more at risk for negative health effects from the stress of a move. Careful preparation and adequate, appropriate support before, during, and after a move will lessen the risk of Relocation Stress Syndrome.

3. Lastly, recognize how deeply people can become attached to objects. Elderly people are often surrounded by possessions that have followed them through good times and bad, across continents and back.

The aging population provides opportunities to provide new and needed services. Consider your senior client’s point of view and flexible to adjust your approach when necessary.

If you are a senior, call me today to see how we can work with you to prepare your property for market.

Preparing for the Change of Seasons

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fall is here and winter is creeping around the corner. Curb appeal is still an important element at this time of year when preparing your property for market.

A few things to pay attention to and remember to do:

1. Clean up leaves, remove dead annuals and store pots away, cut back perennials, store away patio furniture and get your windows washed are just some key items to put on your to do list.
2. Ensure your yard looks as good as it can at this time of year.
3. Once the snow arrives, keep sidewalks, driveways and even decks and patios shovelled. Let people know you have great square footage outside as well.

Having a well maintained exterior shows potential buyers what they can expect when they step into your home.
Enjoy the change of seasons.

Thoughts on October

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy October!

Fall is one of my favourite seasons. I find many of us are in especially good moods this month. Not sure what it is but it’s wonderful.
The colors of fall are magical. Each day new leaves turn yet another colour and begin to fall. Who doesn’t love raking leaves and hearing them under our feet

Enjoy this beautiful photo from Assiniboine Park.
Wishing you all a Happy October.

What Buyers Want – Part 2

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Buyers want updated bathrooms, kitchens, fixtures and appliances. Plenty of organized storage in kitchens, drawers vs. shelves, etc. For bathrooms free standing tubs vs. jetted tubs. In both kitchens and bathrooms, buyers want easy-care flooring and quartz countertops.

It’s about clean lines, open floor plans, cleanliness and functionality.

When planning upgrades speak with a certified staging consultant who can assist in making selections and decisions. This allows sellers to budget properly, work efficiently and in the end attract the right buyers for the property.

Call us today to set up a consultation at your convenience.

What Buyers Want – Part 1

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A great article was written by the President of CSP International, Christine Rae.

I am going to highlight a few things that spoke to me and hope that you will find helpful.

(i) Curb appeal starts on the internet. 88% of buyers (94% of Millennial buyers) use the internet to search for a property. This means have great photos, hire a photographer.
(ii) Trend for move-in ready, turnkey properties is driven by 3 demographics: women, Millennials and baby boomers.
(iii) Half of all property buyers are under 36 years old, which means that a new generation (the Millennials) are shaping the future of real estate. They are leapfrogging past the ‘starter home’ and jumping right into the higher end market by choosing larger properties with higher prices. They are putting every cent to purchase the property so they don’t have extra cash for renovations.
(iv) Retiring baby boomers are also looking for turnkey properties as they don’t want to spend their timing renovating, rather doing activities they love and find pleasure in.

In closing for 7 out of 10 buyers want turnkey, move-in-ready and are willing to pay more for that.

Evolving Staging Industry

Monday, August 14, 2017

The staging industry is evolving and the services a professional stager provides are evolving as well.

It is my job as a professional home stager to educate my customers and provide a service that helps them prepare their property to maximize its value in the eyes of a buyer.

During a staging consultation I see the need for the seller to do more than just declutter, depersonalize, and then allow me stage the property. At the very least, sellers need to have their property painted, update light fixtures, and have their windows washed and carpets cleaned. However, to truly maximize the value of their property in the eyes of a buyer, sellers should actually focus on investing additional dollars into more in-depth renovations.

Updating a property is what potential buyers are wanting, a ‘move in ready’ property. They want updated and upgraded properties that fit the modern lifestyle they aspire to.

Contact me today to schedule a staging consultation before you list your property.

Busy & Blessed July

Saturday, July 29, 2017

What an incredible month to be in Winnipeg. Weather has been sunny and hot with the occasional thundershower. Flowers are in full bloom, no mosquitos and plenty of work during this typically slower summer month. And of course, attending the best concert of the year with my son, last weekend, Ed Sheeran. Boy does he put on a show and James Blunt wow, he was fantastic as well.

The month is coming to an end and I have been reflecting back at all that’s gone on and how truly blessed I am. Our family is healthy and our children are following their dreams and pursuing great opportunities. Nothing like working hard, being true to oneself and occasionally stretching yourself beyond your comfort zone to be recognized for all that you can be.

Let’s never take a day for granted, let’s be kind to those who cross our paths, say a prayer of thanks for all that we have and all that we are. Be blessed and feel blessed.

It Pays to Renovate

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Our clients wanted to renovate and stage their home before putting it on the market. They recognized the value in doing some upgrades and staging. We assisted in selections for paint colors, flooring and lighting and staged the property with our inventory while incorporating pieces of their own. The end result was a successful sale in just 9 days.

Take a look.

Savvy Shopping

Monday, July 17, 2017

I had been hired by an out of town property management company to furnish a few apartments in the City.
This meant I had to shop for those units and then set them up. With my checklist in hand I made my way (with an assistant) to numerous retail stores in the City to select the inventory items and be very creative with our budget.
We both had a lot of fun and felt like we were back in University shopping for our first places.

The set ups went fabulous and we really look forward to doing this again. We are now veterans of knowing where to shop for the items we require to furnish these apartments.

Ouch…that didn’t take long

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Distracted driving never ends well.

Remember those new garage doors I blogged about a short while ago, well my mother backed up into one.

She was reversing her vehicle and got distracted and rather than pressing the brake peddle she accelerated and backed right into our ‘new’ garage door, crippling the entire door. Her vehicle had just a scratch, she wasn’t injured so in the grand scheme of things everything will be ok. It was just a door and even though it was brand new, it can be repaired.