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Listing Photos Make A Difference

Many sources assert that 90%, or more, of buyers browse the internet when looking for a new home. This significant, and still growing, trend makes an online presence a must. But, if your pictures, especially the curb side photo, don’t do your home justice, the......

Attracting Buyers with Curb Appeal

The importance of curb appeal can not be overstated when preparing your home for sale. An attractive frontage can entice potential buyers, including those only considering a move. Curb appeal is so beneficial it’s wise to invest both time and money in its beautification. Home......

Top 10 Reasons to Stage A Vacant Property

1. Vacant properties can sit 72% longer on the market, than those that have been staged. 2. According to NAR 2015 Report, staged vacant properties can sell for 10-20% more. With the full staging package of rental inventory, staging services and delivery fees being ,......

It’s worth the drive to Acton!

Actually for Feels Like Home 2 Me, Acton is our next door neighbour and we have enjoyed helping home sellers achieve maximum results there for years.  But now that we have your attention, let us tell you about this amazing home staging case study! The......

Luxury Vacant Home Staging on Links Lane, Brampton

Luxury Vacant Home Staged and Sold in One Day.   The majority of buyers can not envision the potential, and it is very difficult to make the important emotional connection when walking through a home that is empty. This is part of the reason that vacant......

Occupied Staging Transformations

Transformation to Sell Several  of our home staging clients tell us, sometimes even before touring their home for the first time, that they know that they need to replace some of their furnishings as they are: too oversized; too dark; outdated for the younger buyers,......

SOLD 134K Over Asking in February!

 The Story Behind The Staging: This lovely young family contacted me to stage the house they had just moved out of which was now vacant.  They were savvy and realized, even before first speaking, that staging this small home top to bottom would give them......

Local Home Staging Company Garners 4th Industry Award

Ginny Truyens launched Feels Like Home To Me in 2010. Determined to impact the industry in a way to benefit its’ clients and to further the reputation of stagers, Ginny places great emphasis on continually expanding her knowledge and skill sets, knowing the market, and......

Occupied Staging Enhancement

Sometimes you just need an enhancement! We have consulted on homes that have great pieces that can be used for showcasing, and just need some supplemental rental items to complete the marketing appeal for selling.  We consider who the target buyers will be, what type......

1K Saves on Houzz!

Excited to receive this badge from Houzz. Houzz is currently the #1 app for designing or improving your home. It is wonderful that Feels Like Home 2 Me’s home staging work has given over 1000 people ideas and inspiration when decorating or preparing to sell......

SOLD 40K Over Asking

The Story Behind the Staging: We were consulted on this Toronto condo that had been a rental unit for a few years.  As the owner was now ready to sell their investment property, we were brought in to make recommendations to give the best return......

Staging Your Toronto Rental Property

    Many of you already know the huge benefits of staging your Toronto/ GTA West property for sale, diagnosis primarily being you can sell it faster and for more money. Did you know there are many incredible benefits in staging your rental property? Here is an interview I did for......

2015 Top Home Stager Of The Year Vacant Category Canada

For immediate release: Third Time Award Winning Home Staging Professional Ginny Truyens Awarded 2015 Prestigious Award December 5th 2014, Georgetown Ontario, CAN. With great honours, Ginny Truyens of FeelsLikeHome2Me receives her third consecutive Home Staging Industry Award from the Real Estate Staging Association, after being......

Dated Toronto Property Above Subway and Staging Success!

With a tight budget, we consulted and staged the key impression rooms of this Toronto home. This was a property that was in need of many big ticket updates. Consulting with a professional stager is worth its weight in gold, as we can recommend cost effective updates......

Challenging Spaces that Became Our Favourite Home Staging Jobs

After years of working as a professional home stager in the Greater Toronto area, there are some spaces that were extra challenging in the initial design planning, but soon became our favourites. Just goes to show, that every home, no matter how small, awkward in layout......

Top 10 Reasons to Professionally Stage Your Toronto Home

1.  Make More Money on Your Most Valuable Asset The average staging investment is generally less than 1% of a home’s asking price, and this investment can yield on average 4-10% more on final price. This is a great short term investment in comparison to what......

When Selling your G.T.A. Home, “A Picture is Worth ($)1,000+ Words”

Quality of the photography is essential, you do not want your largest financial asset represented like this-                                                                                                                   (Actual MLS Photo) “Quality Presentation of a Home“is essential as well                                                                                                                 (Feels Like Home 2 Me) When you look at photos of previous or current listings from a......

Feels Like Home 2 Me founder, Ginny Truyens, receives honours from RESA Awards 2018

Ginny Truyens introduced her business, Feels Like Home 2 Me, to the industry of home staging in 2010. In all she undertakes, Ginny does with dedication, passion and attention to detail. And all this is clearly reflected in her contribution to home staging. She takes great pleasure in seeing a job well done, and the glow of excitement on the faces of her clients are equally rewarding. In just her second year of business Ginny’s efforts and talents were recognized by the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) when her peers voted her Rising Star Home Stager of the Year, North America. The phrase, good enough, is not to be found in Ginny’s philosophy. With every new project, she strives to push the standards of the industry higher. Continually refining the art of staging, staying on trend and tirelessly riding the learning curve, has helped her position Feels Like Home 2 Me as one of the industries premier companies. The RESA award season is...

Listing Photos Make A Difference

Many sources assert that 90%, or more, of buyers browse the internet when looking for a new home. This significant, and still growing, trend makes an online presence a must. But, if your pictures, especially the curb side photo, don’t do your home justice, the time and effort of posting the property is wasted. Reasons to be sure your properties listing photos are working for you:  GRABS A BUYERS ATTENTION Once the potential buyer likes the curb appeal photo they will automatically read the accompanying caption, and then view the pictures of the interior. SETS THE TONE Experienced photographers can capture a rooms character. The nuances produced by the interaction of natural and artificial light can breathe life into any room. HIGHLIGHTS FUNCTION + SELLING FEATURES Effective positioning of the camera will reveal a rooms potential. Not only will the photographer highlight the strategically placed furniture and accessories, but the usable spaces and the natural flow throughout the home which were created by the stager. GIVES YOU A...

Attracting Buyers with Curb Appeal

The importance of curb appeal can not be overstated when preparing your home for sale. An attractive frontage can entice potential buyers, including those only considering a move. Curb appeal is so beneficial it’s wise to invest both time and money in its beautification. Home improvement guru, Bob Villa, says “If you are considering selling, good landscape design can add up to 20% value to your home.” Powerwash + Clean To begin your curb appeal makeover, remove all ornamentation, furniture and planters, as well as any yard litter. Then power wash the home’s exterior, the walkway, the driveway and the public sidewalk. Giving windows and doors a good cleaning will not only help to make house look well maintained, but will actually add more light to interior as well! First impressions of the condition of your home, begins from the outside. Trim + Doors A fresh coat of paint is well worth the effort. Traditionally door and window frames will match. But, secondary trim...

Top 10 Reasons to Stage A Vacant Property

1. Vacant properties can sit 72% longer on the market, than those that have been staged. 2. According to NAR 2015 Report, staged vacant properties can sell for 10-20% more. With the full staging package of rental inventory, staging services and delivery fees being , on average, less than 1% of list price of a property, that is a substantial return on your investment! 3. Even the most beautifully built/renovated vacant properties can leave buyers feeling emotionally unattached. Properties are selected and narrowed down based on practical criteria, but purchased based on emotion. 4. Vacant properties leave most questioning the function, size and use of the rooms. Open concept spaces are particularly challenging to visualize if left empty. 5. Without any furnishing, buyers will move pretty quickly through a viewing; however fully staged, will linger more, which is always advantageous when selling. Buyers linger 40 minutes, on average, in a furnished home. 6. Vacant spaces can also draw attention to any small imperfection in the...