As a case in point, I recently staged a condo in Toronto. My client was a lovely, single woman. One of the first things that I recommended be changed were the paint colours in her 2 bathrooms and her kitchen. The bathrooms were both painted in a soft pink colour, and the kitchen was painted in a dark, intense orange. She loved those colours, and could not understand, at first, why they would have to be changed. I tried to explain to her exactly what I spoke about earlier–that we are trying to appeal to as many people and demographics as possible, so neutral colours would be more effective at doing that. What if the prospective buyer was a young, single male? would he be able to picture himself shaving in a pink bathroom. Likely not.
By painting the bathroom in a neutral colour, replacing the feminine shower curtain with a crisp, fresh white one, as well as adding accessories to give the space a spa-like feel, we were able to create a space that would appeal to any buyer.
Master Bathroom-Before Staging
Master Bathroom-After Staging
For the kitchen, the first step, of course, was decluttering. Taking everything off the fridge and most items off the counter created more space. The orange paint and coordinating orange-striped window treatment made the space feel small, like it was closing in. By brightening it up with a neutral colour, changing the light fixture to a more modern pendant, and accessorizing with hints of green to add freshness, the space was completely transformed.
- Kitchen-After Staging
We also removed an office desk and instead brought in a shelving unit from another room to create an area for more kitchen storage which did wonders to make it a true chef’s kitchen.
Kitchen Eating Area-Before Staging
So after all was said and done, the condo sold in FIVE DAYS, my client got the price she wanted and was able to purchase the property of her dreams for the next phase of her life.
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