Testimonials

At Setting the Stage, we are so proud to have helped so many homeowners with getting their home sold more quickly.

Here are just a few of our testimonials:

Kathy provided one of the key ingredients for staging our home before sale.
She  made our house look spacious, attractive and … more beautiful.  After visiting our home Kathy provided a detailed list of suggested improvements. She helped with decluttering, removing personal objects and re-arranging our furniture, and then she worked her magic,  providing beautiful decorations and arranging them artistically all over the house. 

It was a pleasure seeing her efficiency in obtaining the desired objective: make the house shine!  The house sold in 4 days !

Thanks Kathy, we will recommend you for anybody interested in improving their home for their own enjoyment  or for preparing the house for a quick sale.

Tiberiu and Anna, North York

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Kathy,

Just wish  to thank you for the terrific staging of our house, which contributed greatly to its’ sale in a few days after listing. We very much appreciated your ideas in how to transform rooms to make them more attractive to potential buyers. Your creative ideas and very artful props lead to many compliments from house visitors.

We wish you continued success in your work and we will recommend you for home staging whenever possible.

Bruce and Nora Coady, Scarborough

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We consulted Kathy to stage our home for sale. She made very creative suggestions to brighten up the home, remove clutter, reposition furniture, and make it much more inviting to those who toured the home. We also rented several items from Kathy for staging the home which helped to make the home warmer and more attractive. Kathy was mindful of our budget and was very flexible in customizing the staging items to suit our needs. Our home sold in 14 hours after listing! 

Kathy was excellent, always professional and made great suggestions. Our family would highly recommend her!! 

Nav & Sonia, Richmond Hill

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Kathy made my house look amazing with just a few adjustments and additions. We got an offer the same day it was listed and we sold it the next day.
Thank you Kathy, your service was amazing and it was a pleasure to see you as motivated to make the house look beautiful as we wanted it to be.

 Abhishek and Vidisha, Stouffville

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Kathy you are the best. You were always professional even when I thought I was going to lose my mind. Your staging is priceless. I was pleasantly surprised at your efficiency in getting everything in and out of my house once it sold. Did I mention it only took 2 weeks to sell my house and I couldn’t have done it without you. I highly recommend your services. Everyone is a winner when they stage their house. I almost didn’t want to sell LOLOL.. but I did in the end. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the extra work you did and didn’t get paid for.
Your biggest fan Sandra!

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While deciding on  what stager I should go with, I decided to narrow my list down  based on reviews given by others like myself.  I called 5 stagers to get a feel for whether they were going to be a good fit for my house and budget.  I left all 5 a voicemail and decided that the first person to get back to me would be the one I would go with.  Kathy called me back right away and before you know it, we were ready for a consult.

She worked with our schedule, budget and existing furniture to make the house look spectacular.  The initial consult fee was absolutely worth every dollar.  We took up every single recommendation she made very seriously and it worked very well.  Our house sold in under a week.  I wouldn’t hesitate recommending Kathy to my family and friends at all.  She has a splendid personality that really makes the overall experience such a pleasure.

Thank you for all your help Kathy and keep up the good work – sign me up as a repeat customer.

 Shazil, Markham

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Kathy and Setting The Stage take staging to the next level of excellence.  Their attention to detail along with Kathy’s gift for staging and the care she puts into everything she does puts Setting The Stage well above and beyond the competition!   Thank you for putting so much thought and TLC into making my parents’ house such a charming and sought after property.    Thanks to Kathy’s expertise, the house sold $34,000 over asking.

Mary, Toronto

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Dear Kathy,

Thank you so much for your helpful suggestions to help stage our home.  It really motivated us to prepare the home and not get overwhelmed with such a big project.

Your professional advice was respectfully given to us, and I recommend anyone who has not used a stager to use your services to assist in the sale of their home. It will make the job alot easier and enjoyable and at the same time you will learn alot of great decorating tips to take to your new home.

 Thanks again,

Barb and Val, 2 Ferncroft, Keswick

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An excellent job Kathy!  I am convinced that your staging contributed greatly to the quick sale of my home, without any doubt, greater value.

Many thanks,

John McDonald, Toronto

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Hi Kathy:

Prior to selling our mother’s home in Sutton,  our real estate agent recommended the staging services of Kathy Booth.   Kathy’s professionalism and warm personality made her a pleasure to work with.  Although the “To Do List” she created seemed overwhelming initially, it was quite manageable.  She was able to integrate mom’s furniture with her own accessories to create an amazing result.  Mom’s house sold within a short period of time for more than the asking price.  We would highly recommend Kathy’s staging services.  Judy, Brenda & Wayne

 Thank you again for all of your assistance.

 Happy New Year!

Sincerely,

Judy, Mississauga

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Dear Kathy, 

 I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the important part you played in the quick and successful sale of my home.

 I didn’t know where to start in preparing for the sales effort, but you quickly identified the key enhancements that were needed to display my house in the very best light.  Your decorative touches complimented my home and furniture in a most positive way and they were done very professionally.  After you completed your “staging”, one of  my sons came in the house and after his tour, confessed that he was relieved to know that he was in the right place.

 After 44 years, this has not been the easiest for me, but your expertise and execution of your staging process have made it a very positive experience.

Thank you for all your hard work on my behalf.

Sincerely

Audrey M. Head, Toronto

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 We recently put up our house for sale and Kathy was one of the professionals who helped us.

 First of all, Kathy is a very pleasant person, without any airs or presumptions that she knows better than you or what you have is not up to snuff.  She is a professional and we let her do what she thought she had to do without giving her advice or our own opinions, not that we felt that we needed to. We felt at ease with her.  She re-arranges your stuff, adds a few of her own things here and there without overpowering the place, repaints , retouches and creates a market/marketable image.  After she was done, many people told us that they really liked what they saw here.

Incidentally, the house sold quickly and I am sure that her contributions to this were significant.  My wife and I appreciate her contribution.

Regards, 

John Sooran, Toronto

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 Dear Kathy

I would like to thank you very much for the super job you did on decorating and staging my home.  It looked so warm and elegant! The house sold within short period of time.  Thank you for your professional dedication, talent and effort.  You were so easy and flexible, it was a pleasure to work with you Kathy and I will definitely recommend your service.

Sincerely,

Rong  – Pefferlaw

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Hi Kathy,

Just wanted to thank you and to let you know that I sold my home the first showing after I completed your checklist.
I will definitely recommend your service.

Thanks again,

Joy Gardner, Keswick

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I can’t thank Kathy enough for her very helpful advice and guidance in helping me with preparing my home for the selling process. We were successful and I am extremely happy with the result. Thank you Kathy.

Olive, Pefferlaw
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On the gentle persuasion of my Real Estate Agent, she suggested I use her Stager/Decorator to get my home ready for the Video Presentation she would be creating.

She sent me Kathy, who quickly got right down to the issues, and did a walk through…I was shocked when she told me what had to leave the space….how it left was of course my decision…I could store stuff, share things with the family and neighbours, give it to a charitable organization … the whole idea was to give the house an uncluttered enticing  look but still appear totally livable … the foot traffic that we were attempting to attract had to have a flow to it, and all of that Kathy engineered …the compliments that resulted from prospects were reassuring…

At first I thought the suggestions were just not possible for me to accomplish but I took them anyway…and soon I could see the wisdom in them …without the emotional attachment, the house began to reshape…even I thought I would like to stay in it a bit longer …

Due to her ideas which I implemented fully,  the Video turned out to be a winner…the resulting colored brochure was  a delight and will be a life long memory for me and my family. I valued Kathy’s input so sincerely that as soon as I purchased another home….I wanted her expertise in decorating the new space, which again I am pleased about…She laid out a plan…which I could follow however I wished…all at once, or bit by bit…however her suggestion that I immediately create one room in the house where I could retreat while  planning the rest of the house most valuable.  Her suggestions for a family would be tailored to their needs, as her suggestions to me were tailored to mine. Her insight is a talent and a gift and her support is always there when you require it…

I would recommend Kathy Booth highly – her professional attitude, commitment to detail and her flexible manner will be invaluable to me for as long as I remain in this house…

Joan R Anderson, formerly Schomberg

Now in Barrie

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Hi Kathy,

You wouldn’t believe that we had over a dozen people come to view our house in 3 days (while we were at the cottage) and received 3 offers.  We ended up selling the house for more than we asked for within 6 days!!  The sale sign hasn’t even gone up yet!  

I just wanted to thank you for helping us make our “common, average house” into a “beautiful and tastefully decorated home”.  I will definitely recommend your services to whoever needs help in selling their home. 

It happened so fast that we are a bit “saddened” to leave our endearing house and backyard.   Closing is July 13th… we were hoping to have the Summer here, but alas, it won’t happen!

Thanks again Kathy and have a great day!

Adela, Whitchurch-Stouffville

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Hired Kathy to stage one of my premium listings and couldn’t be happier about the results. Clients were very impressed with the impact to the saleability of their property, which got multiple offers and sold for more than asking in less than a week.

Definitely recommend Kathy to anyone looking to market & sell their home!

 September 7, 2012

Top qualities: Great Results, High Integrity, Creative

Will Doyle,  Coldwell Banker Terrequity Realty

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Hi Kathy,

I want to thank you for your staging services at 50 High Oak Trail. I was impressed with your professionalism during our first meeting and your suggestions and ideas were very helpful. We gave you a budget and you worked very well to keep us under budget while achieving an overall excellent presentation. The house looks fabulous and helped us to get an offer in the second week on the market! I would be happy to recommend your services to anyone who is looking for a great stager.

All the best.

Gayle Haring

Sales Representative

Homelife Bayview Realty Inc.

(905)889-2200

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Hi Kathy

I want to thank you for the super job you did on decorating and staging my home.  I was amazed how you integrated most of my own personal items with yours.  You transformed the home to a “showcase”.  It looked so warm and elegant.  I was so delighted with the completion that I called in a few friends and neighbours to come through before the listing.  They were also very impressed.  The house sold within a week with multiple offers.  Thank you for your professional dedication, talent and effort.  Your were so easy and flexible, it was a pleasure to work with you Kathy and I do look forward to working with you again.

Sincerely,
Sharon – Scarborough

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Dear Kathy

We would like to thank you so VERY much for the constructive criticism and suggestions you made for our home. My husband declaring “I am not painting!” did not deter your lovely sense of humour. We have had this house for sale twice before.  Not once did we have an offer!  Our neighbours were surprised, and previous agents always proud to show our home @ Open House.

The subtle changes really made the difference.  My husband VERY happy he took your advice.

Thank you so much…all the best!!

Fondly, Nancy, Uxbridge

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Prior to selling our home we engaged the services of Kathy Booth a professional Stager. Kathy has her eye on current decorating trends and knows how to incorporate this knowledge into enhancing the saleability of your home. This was a positive experience which led to a successful conclusion.

Thank-you Kathy. Well done.

Mary, Toronto

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Hi Kathy

Thank you so much for your creativity and professionalism on the staging of my house for sale. It sold in the second week. It is unbelievable! Definitely, I will recommend your services to all of my friends and clients if they want to sell their properties.

Best Wishes,
Victor Li, CGA

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Hi Kathy,

You did an amazing job at “setting the stage” for my house sale because it sold in three days. The little touches you added made it seem elegant and made me want to stay there, too. Thanks for your help in making the selling process fast and easy.

Barry, Scarborough

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Hi Kathy,

This letter is long overdue!  Now that we have settled in to our new home and are finding a routine with the addition of our baby boy, we needed to express our gratitude with you for your assistance in the staging of our first house.  Not only was your professional work ethic outstanding and quite creative, but your personality shines through in such a warm manner.  It can be a nerve-wracking experience to sell one’s home, considering all of the factors involved (especially while pregnant)!  After seeing many an episode of “Sell This House”, “The Unsellables”, etc on HGTV, I thought I had a good understanding of how to stage a house, until you stepped through our front door.  Seeing your house through someone else’s eyes is quite a humbling experience.  You provided excellent ideas, tips and recommendations that we would never have considered; and you did this in an inoffensive and pleasant way.  We believe following your advice on the presentation of our house was a crucial factor in generating the level of interest we received.  You helped make the process of selling our home a success for us and we are ecstatic about the outcome.  We would highly recommend your services to friends & family and would definitely use you again if we were to move.

Thank you again Kathy!

Best Wishes,

Heather & Grant, Markham

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Hi Kathy,

Thanks so much for your ideas and creative contribution to the “staging” of  our house.  We loved the way you mixed our furnishings and decorations with some of your own to bring a show home like feel to our house.  And hey – it worked!  (We quickly got more than $20,000 over asking.)

Best Regards,

Doug & Ann

Scarborough, Ontario

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Hi Kathy!

I wanted to thank you for your intergral part in getting our house sold (within one week!!!). The space looked amazing after your staging, so spacious, stylish and welcoming. The positive result was especially appreciated due to the fact we have a 7 month old baby, and were hoping for a quick result. We got it, thank you so much for your help!

All the best,

Carolyn, Toronto

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Hi Kathy,

I just wanted to tell you that your wonderful staging was a tremendous help  in my home selling so quickly.  I am still in disbelief that so many offers were received  and the house sold for an unexpected and excessive price over  my asking price!!   Thank you for all of your hard work.

Gwen, Leaside

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Kathy,

Joe and I wanted to thank you for your very helpful suggestions.  The house looked amazing and sold in 5 days for over asking price.

Pat & Joe Bonura, Markham
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Kathy was amazing!

The things Kathy came up with were things we never would have thought of. We had friends come over and say that our house looked like a model home. Having someone who could honestly see our homes potential made all the difference in the world. First we resisted some of her recommendations, but only after following through on everything  were we able to see what “your expert eye” had already seen. We honestly feel that your staging/decorating of our home had a huge impact on its saleability. We would like to also add that we will be naming our first child Kathy. Now would you please come and decorate of our new home? I would recommend Kathy with unbreakable confidence that she will make your “house” a “home”.

Thank you Kathy! Claudia, Keswick

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Kathy, we wanted to thank you for you all your hard work in staging our home.   The house sold in 5 days for more than our asking price!  We loved your staging so much that we copied a few of your ideas.  We went to Bowrings and bought lamps and a  few other accessories so that we could duplicate the “look”.  We appreciate everything that you did for us.  Thank you again!

Ross and Karen, North York

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Meeting with Kathy was great. Some of her ideas and comments really made a major difference in getting the house to sell quickly. She pointed out that the house was no longer a home but an investment and that it wasn’t personal but instead was an investment decision to remove personal items and de-clutter. This re-framing made making the changes much easier. She also mentioned that de-cluttering was a great way to get an early start on packing. She moved a few things around and rooms looked totally different. We put the house on the market and the first day we were willing to accept offers, we got an offer and sold our house. The work up front sold our house quickly and easily since we didn’t have the house on the market for long. I would highly recommend her services and would definitely use her again if I were to move.

Sincerely,

Julie, Newmarket

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As an individual anxious to sell my home after my wife’s recent passing, I was overwhelmed by the response to the sale by individuals who attended the Open House which was attributed in no small part by the excellent staging process carried out by Kathy.

Yours truly,

Archibald, Toronto

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Dear Kathy:

I heard about home staging before a property sale but knew little about it. Kathy Booth gave me a vendor checklist to know what was involved. She truly “set the stage” by making my home more beautiful than it had ever been before. A neighbor looking at the real estate virtual tour remarked “that’s not your home”. True! It looked better than it ever had before! Place yourself in Kathy’s hands and let her knowledge benefit the speed of sale and your recovery price. She is an artistic designer who can be trusted without question.

Sincerely,

Gordon, Toronto

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Hi Kathy,

You did a superb job in staging my house and made it look very attractive. The house was sold quickly.

Thank you.

David, Toronto

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This was my first experience with home staging.  I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth the process was.  Having Kathy stage my home created a lot of attention which contributed to the very quick sale of my home. I was still receiving phone calls from agents even after the house had sold. I look forward to working with Kathy again in my new home as I appreciate her ideas and recommendations.

Hugh, North York

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My house was listed on and off with different realtors for over one year with no offers.  After Kathy staged my home, it not only sold in six days, it sold for $118,000.00 over asking price!   I loved everything that she did to my home.  In fact, I asked if I could keep her accessories for a few more weeks even though the house had sold because it looked so good.  I have asked Kathy to help me with recommendations in my new home.   I highly recommend Kathy to anyone that is in the process of selling their home.

Grace, North York

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Dear Kathy:

I am writing to thank you for all your effort and expertise in getting our house ready for the ‘staging’ recently. The Open House was a great success and the house was sold quickly.

To begin with I would like to be quite honest with you. Your taste in furnishings and accessories and mine are not the same. I am much more traditional (old fashioned) and love the antiques and inherited pieces of furniture and pictures that give the house a certain coziness. You are more modern and eclectic which I recognize is what the general public like.

However, having said that, I would like to congratulate you on the design you came up with which was so successful. I appreciate your enthusiasm, insight and hard work on our behalf. You certainly have a good ‘eye’ for what is required when putting a house on the market.

Thank you, Kathy.

Nan, Toronto

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Kathy’s home staging services contributed to the quick sale of our home. Her service was excellent! She really knew what she was doing. Kathy’s service was effective and she is very knowledgeable.

Steve and Doris, Markham

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Kathy:

Thank you so much for your wonderful touch in helping to transform my clients “bachelor style” home into a warm and inviting family space. Hereally appreciated how you were able to combine many of the furnishings he had, with some special touches, to help pull it all together. You were able to work within his limited budget, but still managed to help him get more for his home than originally expected. You made my client feel comfortable and confident through the entire process! Great job, Kathy!

 Kathy Foch

Sales Representative

Prudential Renascent Realty, Brokerage

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Dear Kathy;

I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate having you as my personal staging consultant. It takes the heat off me to tell the seller what exactly needs to be done to sell their house at the top price. They respond to you as the professional in this area, and have readily agreed to co-operate with your suggestions. This in turn sells their home much quicker, with less hassles, and a better price! You’re always very professional, and your kind attitude towards them is admirable. The cost of your services is not only money well invested but absolute true value.

Thank you again for always being available!

Kind Regards

Rhonda Hazlewood, C21 Leading Edge Realty Inc.

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Just a note to let you know how grateful I am that you responded first so fast in coming to stage the home in Aurora.  From a home that was cared for but dated and crowded, you changed it into a bright spacious home. The transformation was lovely without too much out of pocket expenses for my client. We sold the home in approximately a month in a slow market at a fair market price. You definitely have proved to me that staging a home is important. Many thanks for your valuable services. I look forward to calling upon you again…

Lydia Ingles, Century 21 Heritage Group Ltd., Brokerage

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Dear Kathy,

In order to sell a house you should show all the great features of the house and not the furnishings, this is what staging is all about”. That is what Kathy said when we first met her. Yes Kathy you were right, you changed our house completely with very minimal time and cost and the house has been sold without any problems.

Thank you Kathy for your prompt response and for your professional look.  I highly recommend Kathy for anyone planning to sell a house.

Ghassan and Mouna, Markham

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My real estate agent and broker recommended that Kathy Booth of Setting the Stage be used to “stage” my home. Kathy went through the house and put tags on pieces of furniture, pictures, etc. which should be removed with the object of opening up each room and hallway for easy traffic flow and no distractions. Then Kathy brought in many accessories and artwork. What a difference it made!! My house sold in short order thanks to Kathy’s staging and suggestions about painting, furniture placement, etc. I would certainly recommend using the services of Kathy Booth, CRSS to showcase your home.

Yours sincerely

George, Toronto

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We were very pleased to have Kathy come into our home and give us ideas on staging our house for the real estate market.  Her recommendations and suggestions were a great help in selling our house quickly.  We would recommend her to anyone who is selling their home.

Thank you Kathy.

Carmin and Rosa, Markham

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Kathy’s consultation and advice regarding a colour choice for my office has inspired me and has given me a clear sense of direction in redecorating it.  She was also great in suggesting how to use existing pieces of furniture to emphasize the desired look so  that I could stay within  my budget, rather than the expense of buying new items.  Kathy was also very knowledgeable in suggesting the final touches to pull it all together and where to find these items at a reasonable cost.

 Dr. Anna Bushmina HD

Bradley Method ®

Childbirth Educator