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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first time, that they know that they need to replace some of their furnishings as they are: too oversized; too dark; outdated for the younger buyers,......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......

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 the best opportunity to maximize their equity.  I came over to do a vacant preview, where we take measurements, notes and photos to prepare a proposal to stage. After viewing the kitchen and main bathroom the preview turned into a full consultation. The footprint of the kitchen was good, it just really needed to be up dated for the young urban demographic buyer.  We talked about how buyers will pay more for a move-in ready home, and so I recommended cost effective changes that would offer a high return.  Painting out the old oak cabinets, changing the hardware, sink, faucet, lighting, flooring and appliances. As this was the end of December it was an opportune time to...

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 understanding her clients. Ginny's dedication and passion showed results quickly. In less than two years she was honoured by receiving the coveted 'Rising Star Award'. Now six years later she works as tirelessly as ever. Taking great care and pride in each project has helped to set Feels Like Home To Me apart from other staging companies. Her reputation for setting high standards, sound ethics, and fairness has made it possible for Ginny to foster her wishes to further the growth of the staging industry. Her efforts are acknowledged by the industries' trade association, RESA. For the fourth time she will be presented with a highly regarded award, RESA's 2016 Top 10 Stager,Canada. "I am so grateful to...

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 of a lifestyle they are looking for, how to best reveal the selling features and maximize space and light that is so very important!  This is a valuable staging service as you wouldn't want to attend an  important event with a beautiful new dress without the jewelry and shoes that enhance your outfit.   We can enhance what you already have to create a home the target buyers will love, with a lifestyle they aspire to! Staging is marketing and in order to market your property, considering how it will present online in photos is key. This often is a very different perspective than how we live in our homes. Drawing eyes to focal points, lightening up...

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 their home. So where did this badge come from?  Houzz awarded us this badge because 1,000  people saved one of our home staging photos to their inspiration books.  What is amazing to us is that particular badge came from a photo we posted almost 8 years ago of a very small living room we staged. Actually, it was the first staging job we had done professionally!    So, here it is...

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 on investment to prepare this unit for sale.  As with many rental units they can take a beating and are not always in the best shape when ready to sell.  Unfortunately with this one, although not visible in the (left side) before photos, the floors had suffered water damage and needed to be replaced.  We recommended a lighter laminate floor to brighten up the space and help this small unit feel larger.  In addition to this we recommended new paint colours and cost effective lighting solutions.  When all repairs, updates and cleaning had been completed we came in to fully stage this vacant unit so that it was ready for professional photos and showings.  Here are...