Sveta Melchuk's (hsm10) Blog

Home Stager - Home Staging Montreal (HSM)
I admit to being delinquent about writing a blog...Somehow, life always gets in the way LOL. But I have been thinking about new markets and have noticed a new and exciting trend in the last six months; I am approached on a regular basis by people who are THINKING of selling in the next year or tw...
Hello, I have been teaching home staging classes for aspiring full time or part time home stagers since early 2008 in Quebec and in Europe.  I get to meet wonderful people who are looking for a new challenge and they are very motivated and excited by the end of the 3 day course.  I try to keep in...
As I teach Home Staging classes, I always get tons of questions from aspiring home stagers, looking for a fail-proof formula to success. I probably disappoint them by telling them that there is no such thing, but I give them suggestions and ideas and tell them what works (and what doesn't!) for m...
Today's blog is about a topic that has been bothering me for several months now and I would like some help in finding the answer. Even if the recession has hit Montreal less than some other areas in North America, the last several months were tough on realtors and home sellers, the average declin...
Good day to you all! I wanted to share this recent story with you - a Staged house sells in 3 hours!  Of course it's exceptional but it does happen inspite of a slower real estate market. I was recently asked to help a client to prepare her home for sale.  The house is small (2 bedrooms only and ...
As part of my Home Staging training program, I organize practice session at a client's home.  As each home is different, each staging project is different as well.  We have staged vacant homes as well as performed a minor miracle on a lived-in home and all that in about 4 hours! I want to share s...
Everyone wants to know.  I get that question in all my training sessions and I understand why.  The state of the economy being what it is, real estate is in crisis...How bad is it really? Here are the most recent stats and predictions from the Montreal Real Estate Board: In January 2009, there we...
I just had to share this one with all of you, as this real life case is proof on what Staging a vacant property can do! I had a client who was not able to sell his condo for several months, as in spite of the fact that it's quite nice, it is situated in a very lively area of Montreal (not to say ...
I am not sure why but I am being asked to stage quite a few vacant properties in the Montreal (Quebec)  area these days.  I think I am becoming the Vacant Property specialist! LOL We all know that vacant properties are even harder to sell, as the defects on walls, floors and ceilings stand out mo...
Hello, I know,  I have been delinquent lately, too busy with everyday running of a Home Staging business (and travelling to France to teach - poor me LOL). But there is a topic that has been on my mind for a while now and that is the training programs available out on the market as well as the nu...

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