Want to know the latest trend to get you a 12% ROI when selling your home!

The cat got let out of the bag on a recent Canadian television show where Fanny Kiefer interviewed a well known garden designer Carson Arthur.She asked him about his up-and-coming show Critical Listing and whoops, it hasn’t even started filming yet for HGTV. Carson specializes in eco-friendly landscape designs.

What was interesting from a home staging perspective is that Carson revealed some research done by TD Canada Trust & Century 21 and the results showed that LANDSCAPING your property will bring you a 12% ROI (return on investment) when selling. The study indicated this ROI was ahead of what bathrooms & kitchens renos can bring you. So that means paying attention to what your ideal buyer would like to see in terms of your outdoor space.

Decks and patios need to be ‘glammed up’ so they offer an oasis from the busyness of life. Create a sanctuary in your back yard or even if you only have a small balcony. Play it up – decorate with more than just a plant – think relaxing – add attractive, modern looking table & chairs, an umbrella if enough space, sculpture, tray with a pitcher of lemonade and glasses, calm Buddha statue and don’t forget to add lots of colourful healthy plants!

There are many new eco-friendly products for the surface of your patio or backyard. You can do an internet keyword search for: eco-friendly outdoor flooring. This site of Squidoo has lots to offer so you might want to check it out for ideas.

Colleen McClure
Colleen McClure Administrator & Proud owner of PRES Staging® - Expert Home Stager. When I was very young I began drawing interiors, it just came naturally. When I work with a client now, I see the finished project completed in my minds-eye as they explain how they would love to see their space created. I am able to provide sketches on the spot of their vision so this invokes client confidence and excitement for the project from the inception through to the brilliant manifestation – How Fun! When the economy did not support the luxury of home improvements, other passions led me to full-time work as a career counsellor. I very much enjoyed assisting people one-on-one to discover their own talents but this was an arena where I would develop effective techniques in workshop design and group facilitation as well. This would lead to a ‘happy marriage’ as I would apply these skills and passions when I purchased PRES Staging® - The Professional Real Estate Staging Centre. It’s truly the greatest joy to inspire others to discover and hone their innate talents – To witness their emerging confidence while coaching them on design principals and providing them the tools to start and run their own Home Décor businesses for Redesign and Staging. If you’ve ever thought you might enjoy this line of work, or even to do it for yourself and friends, get in touch – Let’s chat!