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Condo staging with cardboard home staging furniture

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

After our home staging consultation we had decided on our floor plan and wanted to make sure that the window over looking the lake was our focal point.

But the condo we were staging with next stage furniture was on the third floor.  The third floor and 12! tote bags of our cardboard home staging furniture.  Yikes!

Well, after a year’s practice, we have a formula that works.  Plenty of smiles and “hold the elevator” works great, too.

But imagine trying to stage a third-floor condo with ordinary furniture!!!!  With NextStage home staging furniture it was a breeze by comparison.

One trip for the furniture and another for the accessories, and with the job done, photos taken, and key placed in the lock box, the Chips and Kerry van hits the road home via Tim Hortons or Starbucks!

NextStage staging furniture helps flip this house

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

We had great fun meeting two guys who flip houses (we were recommended to them by an agent, who had previously used Chips & Kerry for a listing using our fiberboard/cardboard furniture.)

The house was perfect for staging & everything was fresh & neutral.  Holly ( No 1 Designer ) did an amazing job with all her wee extras in the bathroom & kitchen which always makes the house complete.

Flip this house with NextStage staging furniture.

Flip this house! The dining room staged with NextStage home staging furniture.


Flippin' with NextStage staging furniture

Flippin' this house! The living room staged with NextStage home staging furniture.

The guys have another house nearly complete so hopefully we have worked our magic as “Professional Stagers”
After 4.5 hours of setting up & staging it was a pleasure to stop & eat our Sobey’s chicken Caesar salad which I had purchased earlier, as I had to stop Holly bringing in the boiled eggs – oh flip!

Our staging furniture’s even more versatile than I imagined!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

I recently worked with an agent who used Chips and Kerry Home staging to sell one of her empty, vacant listings.  We did, of course!!  During this process, relationships develop which is another key to your success for future business.

I was asked to use my home staging skills to stage an “occupied home”, converting a very small upstairs bedroom which contained a double bed.  The agent was obviously familiar with our staging furniture so she thought perhaps we could use a NextStage twin bed so the room would appear larger.

I do not own one of their twin beds so I made my own with the Nextstage fibreboard using four bases, a headboard and a side table to fill in the side!  As you can see in the picture the bedoom looks amazing.

Twin bed created from NextStage

Staging furniture makeover! This did not begin as a twin.

Client was happy & so was I.

Tote bags on the shelf

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

I thought I would show you some of my cardboard staging furniture inventory which is neatly packed away in the garage.  That’s enough to furnish five homes!!!

NextStage tote bags

That's five houses worth of staging furniture in my garage.

All the tote bags are neatly labeled & coded so easy to pull out & load into the car prior to a NextStage Home Staging job.

Send me pictures of your tote bag collection – shame is wasn’t Prada!!!

Take a load off – NextStage chairs welcomed by weary Home Show visitors

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Well, I had to post these photos of the Spring Ideal Home Show, featuring our NextStage home staging furniture at the Royal Le Page booth.  As you can see, NextStage cardboard furniture doesn’t just look like real furniture – you can actually sit down on it and rest your weary tootsies.

Top, left and right, Cameron and Bradley, the Derwent-Robb twins.  Bottom left, Michael Lee, one of our Royal Le Page agents sitting on the love seat.  He loved the concept and after a hard day at the Home Show, he didn’t really want to get up.  Finally, in the bottom right, a random exhausted visitor to the show just suddenly sat in the oversized chair.  When I told her what she was sitting on, she nearly freaked!

Home show visitors enjoying sitting on NextStage cardboard furniture

Home show visitors enjoying sitting on NextStage cardboard furniture

Our home staging furniture featured at the Spring Ideal Home Show, Halifax, Nova Scotia, March 26 to 28

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Yes, you realize that something is cooking with gas when your home staging business can share a booth with Royal Le Page Atlantic for the home show. 

Our choice of colours complemented the Royal Le Page logo – as did our homemade shredded cocktail. Their booth hosts a couple of screens showing their listings with barstool seating, and then you have an area we’ve staged with a lounge feel to the side using our NextStage home staging furniture.

What I’m so pleased about is I chose this white denim fabric from a company recommended to me by NextStage furniture.  In a turnaround of only six days my fabric was sent to NextStage and my slip covers were made.  Each deluxe slip cover is padded, just like Sue Ellen in Dynasty!  And once over the structures, you would never imagine that underneath this was cardboard!

Looking forward to taking lots of pictures with people sitting on the furniture which everyone gets a thrill out of – but, sorry folks, we have to draw the line with hotdogs and ketchup!

NextStage Furniture on Royal Le Page colours

NextStage Furniture in Royal Le Page colours

Home staging furniture – rental furniture and NextStage furniture pricing comparison

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Here’s a quick rundown comparing the process using rental furniture for home staging and using NextStage furniture for real estate home staging — and how it affects your pricing to your client.

Home staging Furniture Rental store

1. You tour the home and make a list of the items you would need to rent from the store and from your own inventory
2. You pay furniture rental fee
3. You may pay transportation costs – truck, gas etc.
4. You may pay an hourly rate for assistants for set-up & take-down
5. And you add your personal fee and miscellaneous expenses

Home staging with Nextstage Furniture

1. You tour the home and make a list of furniture that you require from your Nextstage inventory.
2. Your fee to the Agent/Client is already known as you have a set price for a 1 bedroom or a 2 bedroom option to include dining room and lounge furniture.  You can do this because you won’t have any pricing surprises from your suppliers.

Tote bags hold up to horizontal Halifax rain

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Despite a rainfall warning in Halifax of 30mm  & 80 mph winds on Friday, we ventured into Halifax to uplift our cardboard furniture from a house that had recently sold.  At the back of my mind was “Waterproof NextSTage Tote Bags”  - I hope so, since this was going to be a true test of durability.  After 3 hours of packing up the house and the cardboard placed in their respective Tote Bags, I ventured out to load the van.  I can now confirm that the contents remained absolutely dry – but a bad hair day for me!

Thank you, NextStage Furniture!

Having great success recently with NextStage

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

We staged a home in January with Nextstage cardboard furniture and it sold in 10 days… We staged a home on Friday 12th Feb and a client who previously was interested came to the Open House on Sunday 14th who was now viewing a staged home … and I do believe an offer is in the making :D )

Here ’tis:

Staged with NextStage

Living room and custom art

NextStage bed

Believe it or not, a cardboard bed - set up in minutes