HOMEFINDER PENINSULA: Setting the stage for a wonderful home

What will set your home apart from amongst the many houses for sale in the local market?

Carrell-Ayne Whalen of Sidney stages homes for people looking to sell or who just want to spruce up their living space.

What will set your home apart from amongst the many houses for sale in the local market?

That’s a question Carrell-Ayne Whalen will ask her clients after they’ve sought her out to help stage their home while the for sale sign is posted outside.

Whalen owns Simply Staged To Sell (www.simplystagedtosell.ca), based out of her own home in Sidney.

Her job is to assist people with a makeover of their homes once they are on the market.

Staging rooms for show is a lot different than interior decorating, she says, and serves a much different purpose.

“Staging is designed to help sell a home,” she explains. “It removes those extreme personal touches and decor (such as a sword collection mounted on a wall) that can distract potential buyers.”

The goal, she continues, is to get  people to see how the home looks when it’s lived-in and how their own furniture will look in the same space.

Interior decorating, Whalen adds is the act of putting a personal touch on a home’s decor — generally what happens after someone moves in. That’s the main difference between the two styles.

Whalen says she works with her clients on staging the main rooms — living, dining, kitchen and master bedroom. The rest must be neat and tidy, she adds. Those are the rooms where potential buyers do the most visualizing of how their new home might look.

To make it happen, Whalen works with what people have and within their budgets, rather than simply opting for rental furniture. Often that’s out of reach for seniors and others who do not have those kind of resources or storage space for their own stuff. The key, in the end, is to create a welcoming space.

With a background in personal shopping for major department stores and 15 years in the antique business, Whalen has some unique approaches to staging homes.

“I have that experience in antiques but more importantly, I have a business background.

“My dad was a follower of the Dale Carnegie method and always told me no matter what I do in life, make sure other people are as important as you are. Really listen. Only then can you help others.”

At work in the field for four years, Whalen approaches each home with a main focus: accentuate the positive and camouflage the negative. Then look to the details to help set a room, and a house, apart from the rest.

 

Just Posted

Cycslists were all smiles during ninth Tour de Victoria

More than 2,100 cyclists participated

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after Const. Beckett’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Police investigating incident in Saanich neighbourhood

Neighbours tell Black Press Media that a body has been found, but police remain tight-lipped.

Langford lizard sighting excites Victoria museum curator

Curator of vertebrate zoology/knowledge explains the spread of the Wall lizard in the region

Colwood man takes on Ride to Conquer Cancer for 11th year in a row

Team Finn has raised almost $3 million for BC Cancer Foundation

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Discussion on grief and loss between Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper goes viral

The exchange includes emotional question from Cooper, and outlook on grief as a child

Toronto activist calling on federal parties to nominate more black candidates

Fewer than 20 black Canadians have been nominated so far, including some Liberal MPs seeking re-election

Most Read