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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first time, that they know that they need to replace some of their furnishings as they are: too oversized; too dark; outdated for the younger buyers,......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 is currently available with banks offering 100 Day Term Deposits or High Interest Accounts.  Staging is the best short term investment a seller can make. 2.  Staged Homes Sell Faster Statistics prove that staged homes sell faster than their un-staged competitors, in fact 71% faster (according to recent RESA stats)!  Less time on the market means less inconvenience, stress, saving money on additional mortgage, taxes, and other carrying costs that would have needed to be made if on the market longer, and the longer a home lingers on the market, the further below list price it drops. 3.  Avoid a Price Reduction        The first two weeks a property is listed will generate the most traffic and interest.  So you want...

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 prospective real estate agent here are some questions that can help you assess the quality of the presentation of the home. Are the homes presented updated or tired? Are the homes presented in need of obvious repair? Are the homes presented a reflection of personal design choices (colour/pattern) that therefore would need to be changed? Are the homes presented lack warmth (too de-cluttered) that they look boring? Are the homes presented offering that “wow” factor that outshines the competition?   In today's real estate market with over 96% of home buyers searching online first before narrowing down their selections to view properties, having fabulous photos is a must!  We work with real estate partners who offer home staging consultations and professional photography with every listing~ we would be happy...

Feels Like Home 2 Me is in the Houzz!

I don't know if you love Houzz like I do?  I have been a huge Houzz fan for several years now, and it has been my "go to" place to get visual inspiration and product information for design and decorating of my own home,  as well as a great way to keep on top of latest design trends and source out information for my home staging and decorating clients.  It is an absolutely fabulous resource, and has been an invaluable tool, especially with the iPad app, that I often use during decorating consultations. So what exactly is Houzz?  Houzz.com describes it as a "collaborative platform for home remodeling and design, bringing homeowners and home professionals together in a uniquely visual platform."  If you haven't had a chance to visit, make sure when you do, you have some time, because you will be drawn right in! So I was very excited when I received the invitation to attend the Houzz event in Toronto at S.O.F.A., and as you can see I...

Welcome to Our New Website and First Blog!

What a special way to start our FLH2M blog and also launch our new website in the month of Breast Cancer Awareness. We are very honoured to have our work featured in Canadian Home Trends Magazine's "PINK" issue! It is safe to say that all of us have been affected by breast cancer in one way or another. ...