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first time, that they know that they need to replace some of their furnishings as they are: too oversized; too dark; outdated for the younger buyers,......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

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...

Feels Like Home 2 Me Staged Property Hits The Toronto Globe and Mail…

The Globe and Mail printed an article describing how a bidding war pushed the closing price of a property in Toronto beyond what many experts could have guessed, and any agent would have dreamed. Two similar condominiums located at 21 Nelson, Boutique Condos, in downtown Toronto were put on the market only months apart. The property first listed was shown in the usual clean and uncluttered style. It sold for the anticipated market price of $378 000. The second property, of similar size and floor plan, was professionally staged by Feels Like Home 2 Me. Within twelve hours offers were tendered. One well established agent's proposed offer was $395 000. He was told that his bid was bettered. After having his second bid of $400 000 flatly refused, his client bowed out. The agent cited much of the enthusiasm for this unit was stirred by the glamorous decor, which included new light fixtures and beautiful paint colours. In less than two days an offer of $405 000.00 was accepted. That...

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 Rogers TV, with Mark Vosylius, on Your Money & Real Estate, to discuss these benefits Click here to view show>>>   Staging for Profits - Newmarket - Rogers TV      Home staging is a highly effective marketing tool that merchandizes your property for sale or rent. Professional Home Stagers know how to strategically market your Toronto property, using techniques that hi lite the selling features and appeal to the target demographic buyer or renter. The key is knowing who your "ideal tenant" is for each unique Toronto, GTA West rental property. {Stay tuned for Part Two where we finish the Top 5 Benefits to Staging Your Toronto/ GTA West Rental Property} _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ginny Truyens, from Feels Like Home 2 Me is a Toronto Home Staging professional who loves helping her clients get a...

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 voted by her peers as this year 2015 RESA TOP 10 Home Stager of the Year, Vacant Category Canada. It follows 2014 RESA Top 10 Professional Stager of the Year, Canada and 2013 RESA Rising Star Home Stager of the Year, North America. "The entries this year were exceptional, as there were so many talented and wonderfully skilled stagers in every category. Each year the industry standards are being raised.  It is wonderful for your clients to acknowledge your work when you help merchandise their properties and yield great results" says Ginny Truyens ", however, it is truly humbling to be recognized by your peers who fully understand the art and science of preparing a property for sale." “We would...

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 that will offer a high return on investment. As time and budget did not allow for some of these cost effective updates, a decision to renew with a fresh paint colour and stage the main floor was made instead.  So although this property did not offer the ideal location and was not fully move-in ready, professionally staging this Toronto home really helped buyers to envision the great potential. Can you imagine what would have happened if time and budget allowed for the cost effective updates we had in mind for this property?   _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ginny Truyens, from Feels Like Home 2 Me is a Toronto Home Staging professional who loves helping her clients get a high return on their largest financial investment.  Designing spaces that potential buyers will...