Restyled Spaces & Home Staging Company has passionately designed memorable homes for over 1000+ clients since 2015. As a full-service staging company with a comprehensive list of services, we offer everything from inventory rentals and material sourcing to project management and complete redesigns. Our vast inventory of furniture and accessories ensure that every property we stage is both welcoming and on trend and creates the visual experience necessary for buyers to emotionally connect with the property. Heather and her team aim to create a seamless, stress-free process while creating an impactful space with both opulence and affordability in mind. Our process delivers the fundamental building blocks to prepare, showcase and sell properties faster and for the highest possible dollar that that the market will allow. With years of experience, Restyled Spaces and Home Staging Company has expertise in every niche of the greater Ottawa area residential real estate market and specializes in both luxury and Victorian homes.

We are insured, a Certified Canadian Staging Professional and an active member of the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA). Our founder and principal designer, Heather Sorgat, has also received the accolade of one of the Most Influential People in Real Estate Staging by the Real Estate Staging Association in 2022.

Heather Sorgat, CCSP

Founder & Principal Designer

2022 – RESA – Most Influential People in Real Estate Staging Award

As founder and principal designer of Restyled Spaces & Home Staging Company, Heather Sorgat has been creating stunning re-imagined spaces since 2015. But that’s not where her story began…Heather’s journey into the staging world started back in 2001 when she bought her first investment property and completely revived it. When the result was dramatic, and she was able to increase the value substantially in less than 2 years, she knew that she had found her calling. Heather has always had an innate ability to see past cosmetic issues and find easy, affordable solutions to beautify any space. 20+ years later, her passion for staging and design remains strong.

Heather is the current VP of Membership in the Ottawa Chapter of the Real Estate Staging Association Board of Directors. She was also honoured to be named one of RESA’s most influential people in real estate staging in 2022. She is married to a real estate professional and raising two teenage boys (and two puppies) which keeps life busy and interesting!

What is staging?

Everybody has heard the term “staging” but what does it really mean?

Staging is the preparation of a home for sale that involves drawing attention to the property’s most desirable features and defining rooms and unused spaces to increase the space’s hidden functionality, leading to a space that feels like home for everyone that walks through the door. This can involve everything from decluttering, removing, and re-arranging existing furniture and re-designing or renovating the space to enhance the home’s most attractive features.

The results are two-fold; the property appeals the largest audience possible which in turn creates a larger pool of interested parties, potentially leading to a more competitive scenario. It also leads to both a faster sale and higher purchase price on average since there is a much higher demand for the home.

Photography also plays an immense role in determining if a perspective buyer is interested in visiting the home in person. First impressions are almost always through online marketing and the use of photography and video content. A home that is staged to photograph well is of the upmost importance so that your home is introduced to the highest number of buyers, in turn leading to a faster and higher priced sale.

Did you know?

Not only do people have an emotional reaction to colour, they also have a psychological and physical response when a room doesn’t feel right. When spaces are too small, too dark or over cluttered, this creates tension and a sense of being overwhelmed. This will deter a potential buyer from seeing the room’s potential. Hiring a stager can turn uninviting spaces into harmonious and tranquil rooms, that buyers can see themselves living in.

What do home buyers want to see?

Most buyers want to see a turnkey property that is ready to move in. They don’t want to see a lot of clutter or dated furniture. According to the Canadian Certified Staging Professionals, today’s buyers want to see freshly painted walls, current flooring (i.e. hardwood throughout) and a property that offers organized storage solutions.

First impressions sell homes.

Did you know that potential buyers will make a decision whether or not to purchase your property within the first 15 seconds of entering? Creating the most appealing site lines as soon as you enter is a necessity. Staging your home will provide your potential buyers with the “wow factor” as soon as they open your front door

Why invest in Staging?

Staged homes sell faster. Period.

 

My job as a Stager is this….

  • To showcase the property’s greatest architectural features and assets.
  • To draw attention to updated features in the home.
  • To turn cluttered or unclear rooms into inviting spaces that feel and look like they belong.
  • To turn wasted spaces into a defined area with a specific function.
  • To restyle mismatched and dated furniture into fresh and current trends.
  • To create a consistent decor throughout the house to create continuity and good flow.
  • To utilize accessories to bring proper scale, proportion, colour and texture to a space which connects buyers emotionally.

Gracious Words

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    I live on a street of townhomes, where each one has a small porch and railing outside the front door. My wooden railing was in a state of decay, but I didn't want to replace it with the same thing and I also didn't like any of the railing choices my neighbors had made. I had assumed the railing was needed to meet a building code requirement as everyone had one. When I asked Heather for her thoughts, she told me to remove it and replace it with two large planters with flowers on each side. I immediately loved this idea. This simple and inexpensive idea suddenly made my home stand out in such a beautiful way from all of my neighbors. In terms of the interior, Heather had a continuous stream of brilliant ideas for every room. From quartz counters in the kitchen to vinyl plank flooring in the bedrooms, to upgraded faucets, mirrors, and light fixtures, adding beauty everywhere. She moved around my existing furniture to create different areas, including a beautiful reading nook in the Primary Bedroom. We rented inventory which included wall hangings, plants, area rugs, lamps, etc. All together my home was completely transformed into something unbelievably gorgeous. The final proof of her excellent work is the actual end result. When my house went up for sale in the Fall (2021), two neighbors on my street were also selling. A smaller middle unit for $430,000 and a bigger end unit for $630,000. I have a middle unit and recent comparable sales suggested I should be able to get around $550,000 to $600,000 for mine. From the moment my listing went live I was flooded with a stream of requests for showings, and after just 4 showings I had two offers. I accepted the higher offer of $641,000. My house sold in just a few hours for far above my asking price, while my neighbors' houses are still on the market. This is a testament to just how much Heather made my house stand out from the competition.

    • Manoj
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    We wanted to express our appreciation to the Restyled Spaces Team for the fantastic staging of our home this spring. Heather and her team have a knack for getting a feel for a home and then pulling together furnishings, accessories and artwork into a cohesive manner. Using existing pieces and tying in our own accessories with pieces of furniture and art from The Upper Room resulted in a beautiful presentation in every room. Heather made the process enjoyable and as stress free as possible. Our home looked amazing and it sold very quickly. It was a pleasure working with Heather and I recommend reaching out to Restyled Spaces for improving your home for your own enjoyment or for preparing the house for sale.

    • Shari and Alain
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    Heather has staged two properties that I have sold and her work is excellent.  Her recommendations to prepare my homes for sale were spot on, easy to follow and helped get a great sale price on both properties.  A home staged by Heather looks great in both photos and in person and creates a space that will appeal to potential buyers.

    • Paul
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    Restyled Spaces was our dream come true when we decided to sell our home in Metcalfe. We had limited furniture in our family room and wanted to showcase our home the best way to help sellers visualize their own future inside this country home. Not only did we get tips on the furniture for that room but every room in our home received special treatment; from lamps, pictures, throw pillows, to curtains and bedding. It was an amazing transformation! After our home was “staged” we loved it so much, we were thinking maybe we should not sell! We believed without Heather’s professionalism, dedication and great service we would not have sold it in such a short time. It was well worth the investment.  We have recommended Heather at Restyled Spaces & Home Staging Company already to our neighbours.

    • Shannon and Paul
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    We went away for the weekend and came back to a fresh, new & colourful looking living space. Thank you so much Heather for your hardwork staging our home and for transforming it into something beautiful and functional.

    • Stacey & Ray