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Archive for March, 2015

Calgary Home Staging Companies: Neighbourhood Matters

March 26, 2015 (posted by Jennifer Campbell, Home Staging Calgary)

 

It’s time to sell your home or condo. You want to stage it to sell. But which one of the multiple Calgary home staging companies should you choose? Here’s my tip. Neighbourhood matters. That’s because buyers in different areas are looking for different things. So choose a home stager who has proven experience successfully staging properties that sold where you are located.
 

See the difference home staging makes.

After: This cozy open concept living room/breakfast bar is the perfect space for entertaining or relaxing.

I take it as a compliment that Set Your Stage gets hired to stage multiple properties to sell, sometimes even a few houses apart, in what has become our ten top neighbourhoods of expertise. Word of mouth is always a great business builder and I am sincerely grateful.
 

I live in Sunnyside, so it’s a natural fit that I have staged multiple properties here and in Hillhurst next door. I know the area well. I know what buyers want. I know how they want to feel in the space. My clients benefit from that knowledge.
 

The other seven? Connaught, Bridgeland, Collingwood, Tuxedo, Capitol Hill, Bankview, and Cambrian Heights round out the list for Set Your Stage’s ‘zones of expertise’.
 

See the difference professional home staging makes.

After: This cozy open concept living & dining room is the perfect space for entertaining or relaxing.

Understanding how significant an investment a person’s home is, I want my clients to get the most from it. So expertise in a particular neighbourhood helps to ensure that you get the highest return on your investment in staging.
 

As the proud founder of a Calgary home staging company, my job is to help you get your property sold quickly and for top dollar. If you are planning to sell your home or condo in one of these ten neighbourhoods, I welcome the opportunity to contribute to your success and invite you to contact me.
 

See the difference professional home staging makes.

After: This cozy open concept living & dining room is the perfect space for entertaining or relaxing.

Calgary home staging company, Set Your Stage, gets proven results for clients. Read our testimonials, and contact Jennifer Campbell today to schedule your free Home Staging Assessment.
 


Building a Green Home

March 20, 2015 (posted by Jennifer Campbell, Home Staging Calgary)

Guest Blog thanks to Heather Roberts.

 
Green home building has had a great connection to the environment, balancing out the influence of man with the natural world around us. The building of a home like that requires smart decision-making and planning to ensure you will be independent from the local power grid as well as making sure you have a safe and cost-effective way to live in a healthier home. The following tips will give you more information on how you can make this happen:
 

Solar panels provide the home with a green source of energy.

Solar panels provide the home with a green source of energy.

Using safer materials
This is a very important first step in the process of making your own home, as biodegradable products will be safer for your environment, so you need to do your best to avoid other materials. Dyes, heavy metals, ozone-depleting chemicals and potential carcinogens can not only be dangerous to you, but also to your local biosphere and soil, so you need to keep them out of your new home. This means you will also have a much easier time dealing with house cleaning, kitchen cleaning, floor cleaning, you name it – without the use of hazardous chemicals for your cleaning efforts.
 

Using passive solar designs
When you need to build a brand new home, you can always make use of these millennia old designs that take advantage of natural sunlight to warm up your home. You can also take it a bit further by making sure you use reflective screens to deflect heat to areas that need it, as well as thermal chimneys, window placements, stone floors and skylights.
 

Attic ventilation
If you have a hot climate as the norm around your area, then you will need to deal with the accumulated heat in some form or fashion. The installation of vents on the eaves and ridges of your roof will get the job done. You can also make use of brighter colors to make use of light reflection to keep the heat off your home. Cooler climates can also benefit from such ventilation, since they will prevent the forming of mold due to condensation in unreachable locations. Keeping things well-ventilated is vital to ensuring you have a functioning home with no ill-effects in the long run.
 
Protecting your local site
When you’re done constructing your building, you will need to make sure you do so in harmony with the environment around you. Do whatever you can to protect the landscape and the trees around it, as well as any animals living on your land if you want to enjoy its natural look. You should never bury solvents and paints on your property, as they will enter the local groundwater supply and eventually end up in your own body if you don’t get rid of them the safe way.
 

Irrigation
The best way to deal with irrigation is to ensure you make use of the natural resources around your land. Your landscaping needs to be in tune with the local climate and rainfall patterns, as it will only strive to benefit from it this way. This means no lush green lawns in the middle of arid climates, as they will suck up water you could otherwise use sparingly for the more adapted local plants and still have a good-looking landscape. You need to use materials capable of allowing water to flow, rather than flood your landscape, such as crushed granite or paving blocks instead of concrete and asphalt.
 
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Don’t Overlook the Impact Home Staging Lighting Can Create

March 14, 2015 (posted by Jennifer Campbell, Home Staging Calgary)

Home staging lighting can make the difference between a property that feels dark and old or modern and bright. It’s not hard to imagine which one potential buyers prefer. Some simple changes in lighting can make a big difference in how your property is perceived and, as a result, how quickly it will get sold.
 

Pinterest provides me with all sorts of home staging inspiration. I’ve written before about the four types of lighting that should be considered when staging: ambient, task, accent, and decorative.
 

See the difference home staging makes.

After: This kitchen is a cooks dream with a gourmet stove and granite countertops.

This time I want to show some creative examples of how to make an impact with lighting.
 

Have you ever walked into an average room but noticed AND remembered a beautiful or unique overhead light? That’s the point when staging. You want potential buyers to notice something special and remember it because that’s what will set your property apart from other listings.
 

See the difference home staging makes.

After: This cozy open concept living & dining room is the perfect space for entertaining or relaxing.

Of course, for maximum benefit, you want to ensure that the lighting you choose reflects the potential buyers’ desired lifestyle. It’s one of the many ways that you can benefit from the help of a professional home stager.
 

For more staging inspiration, check out the various boards we have at Set Your Stage on Pinterest.
 

See the difference home staging makes.

After: This cozy open concept living & dining room is the perfect space for entertaining or relaxing.


New Calgary Condos Appeal to Buyers

March 08, 2015 (posted by Jennifer Campbell, Home Staging Calgary)

 
I know first hand why Calgary condos are so appealing. I’m a professional home stager who happily lives in a Sunnyside condo, a popular area outside the downtown core which includes Hillhurst and Kensington. If you are selling a condo in this sought-after area, it pays to understand your buyer and competition.
 

Does this room look familiar?

Before: Living Room Before Staging.

Popular with millennials, condos in this area appeal to an eclectic mix of new and experienced buyers. That’s because people are looking for a convenient, walkable, sociable lifestyle in a hip area with a neighbourhood feel outside the city center.
 

Lifestyle is key. And it’s one of the reasons that I love the Hillhurst, Sunnyside and Kensington area.
 

See the difference professional home staging makes.

After: This cozy living room is the perfect space for entertaining or relaxing.

Ezra on Riley Park is a new condo development located closest to me and is currently accepting registration to express interest. The Bucci Ven development behind me in Kensington quickly sold out.
 

See the difference professional home staging makes.

After: This dining space is perfect for enjoying family meals or entertaining guests.

If you’re an investor preparing to sell your property in one of these neighbourhoods, it’s important to understand what the potential buyers are looking for and how they want to feel in the space. I’ve written about this ideal lifestyle factor before.
 

See the difference professional home staging makes.

After: Beautiful west facing 2 bedroom condo with unbelievable panoramic views of the mountains, river valley and downtown.

Staging makes it easy for the potential buyers to get a real life feel for whether they can see themselves living in the space. Let’s face it. There’s a reason why new developments market show homes/units – and if that’s your competition, you best be prepared. Buyers decide quickly.
 

If you are planning to sell your furnished or vacant Calgary condo, contact me (Jen at Set Your Stage) to find out the benefits of my condo staging services and neighbourhood-specific expertise. Schedule your free personalized Home Staging Assessment today.