Staging a piece of history

I had the pleasure of working some magic on this gem that was built in the 1700s,  and it was about to go on the market. Much of the inside had been already updated, but it was in need of a “homey” presence.  Within walking distance to the market, fantastic restaurants and the Kingston downtown waterfront, this stately home just needed the right price and a nice presentation.

Realty Difference Staging
Realty Difference Staging
Realty Difference Staging

In walk two gentlemen from Vancouver.  One being the owner,  and the other his friend, both here to get this home on the market in a timely manner.  Currently, this home was being fixed up after having been rented. After meeting with their agent, it was decided that they were in need of a stager.  Thus, the beginning of an eventful but fruitful week with Irresistible Homes.

Let me tell you the end of the story first as it’s better than the start…

They loved it!

Back to the start.  Our relationship got off to a stressful beginning.  I can only tell you this now because there was a happy ending, but we started off with very different mindsets.  We can laugh (and we do) about it now but the first few days were filled with some education on what staging is and on many occasions lowering our raised eyebrows.

My job, as I see it, is to present a home in the best way possible to bring a sale to the Seller.  When I consider the home I am staging I try to remedy as many “problem” areas as I can.  Those objection areas are going to be a hurdle to a buyer, and I know if they can be removed or minimized it will make selling the home much easier and leave more money in my seller’s pocket.  For every objection a buyer or buyer’s agent are finding in a home, there are reasons in their mindset to come in with a lower offer price.

Realty Difference Staging
Realty Difference Staging
Realty Difference Staging
Realty Difference Staging

So back to my gentlemen…

I had many ideas going through my head as to what needed to be fixed and a warmth that obviously needed to come into this home. They had a mindset that if they decorated like Vancouver that it would sell better.  I kept saying this was downtown Kingston. They would say give it a Vancouver feel. I would say this is downtown Kingston. Vancouver. Kingston. Vancouver. Kingston.

You getting the picture?

After the first few days were over, the change started to evolve, and I finally had believers on my hands as the warmth and charm of downtown Kingston started to be felt and seen.

Realty Difference Staging
Realty Difference Staging
Realty Difference Staging
Realty Difference Staging

Just a few of the areas that were addressed in the home (you can see it for yourself in the pictures):

  • Lighting – very important. I see it as the jewelry to the room.
  • Consistent color – (see the orange kitchen counter top, blue railings, yellow bedroom, blue flooring in the bathroom etc, etc
  • Large rooms being given different functions to bring it to scale – the kitchen was also given the function of sitting area as well as office.

By the time Karen finished the house…it presented in a way we could never have accomplished.  I certainly would not consider looking any further than Karen if I needed staging services in Kingston.”

Greg P

Realty Difference Staging
Realty Difference Staging