"For the last two months I have been redecorating and fixing up my 88 year old father's home as he has moved to a retirement home. This has been a very big job as many things had been neglected over the last few years.
Karen has been wonderful to work with and took a great deal of pressure off of me. She had many good suggestions and was very eager to be of assistance. She helped to coordinate paint colours, she purchased new lights for every room, she acquired new bathroom fixtures and she gathered carpet and flooring samples and arranged installation for seven rooms. She was very careful to shop around, compared prices and acquired many items at very good prices. She has established contacts with trades' people in our community and had painters, concrete workers and door installers brought in to assist in this large project. These people were all very professional.
After the necessary repairs and decorating was completed she proceeded to stage my father's home to make it more attractive to potential buyers. She did an exceptional job and did far more than I expected. The house looked wonderful. We had an open house on Saturday and I had a signed offer in my hand on Tuesday by 9 a.m. I believe that Karen's efforts had a great deal to do with this quick sale.
Karen was professional, very easy to work with and made every effort to keep in contact as the project progressed. I would strongly recommend her to others and wish her future success."
"Karen was very instrumental in getting some houses we had listed in the past 6 months sold. She has limitless energies and seems to be able to focus on the moment and the task at hand.....And ....we have handed her a couple of Big tasks…She handled them with great dexterity...quickly and extremely wonderful results...
Very happy clients....
Her fabulous, friendly caring personality go along way in her dealings with our clients and I always feel confident in referring her to look after our clients. I am always very careful of who I refer to my clients..And I take it very seriously when one is referred to me....Referrals are the lifeline of this business.
I feel that we probably received at least $10,000 more than we would have if we hadn't used her services for a house in Old East. It was an elderly couple ...the wife had just died and the family was in crisis....
Karen took control of the situation and worked with the family to get the house presentable to be sold quickly. Every one was very happy to have it happen quickly....Nothing is worse than having these things go on for a long time...
Thanks again Karen…We will be using your services again...Soon...Like today. Karen is presently helping another client of ours....to sort out her deceased parent's home which we will be putting on the market in the Spring."
Karen and Lloyd Nordstrom
Realtors with Century 21 First Canadian Corporation
It is my pleasure to commend you on the work that you have done for me and my clients over the last two months.
I am new to real-estate and coming into the industry I was aware of the benefits of using a professional home stager to assist in the listing and selling of homes. Karen has worked with me on two listings in September and their success is in part because of my work with her.
Brian was renovating his father's home and attempting to do it on his own. I asked Karen to visit Brian and offer her services to him as a colleague of mine. Karen was able work as a project manager and instrumental in getting the project done in the shortest amount of time. She had many contacts with a variety of contractors she used to get Brian quality work and excellent value. In addition she researched and priced all the fixtures that were installed in the home. The project was completed on time and the home staging made the home look like a builder's model. There were 27 people through the property at the first open house in addition there had been 13 agents through. It sold within two weeks for more than the listing price.
106 Brampton Rd.
Linda had purchased a home and was now in a position that she needed to get her home ready and on the market as soon as possible. Karen's assistance expedited the process getting her home ready for listing. Her suggestions; painting, cleaning, removal of items into storage and staging tips were key ideas in getting the process started. Karen provided her assistance in a fast, efficient and professional manner. The house was listed for 12 days and sold for full price.
Karen is a professional in every aspect of how she handles herself with me and my clients. I would not list a home without Karen's assistance. The cost to have Best Dressed Homes involved in any listing is non existent because the benefits out pay for the costs.
Thanks for your help Karen."
"Thank you once again for your help in selling Vauxhall. God must have brought you into our lives at the right time! You did a great job in making the house look like a cozy home. Thanks again! It was a pleasure having you at our side in the sale of Vauxhall!"
Pam & Peter
"Just a little update on Vauxhall. Karen and I are convinced that because of the fabulous job you did on staging Vauxhall the property sold tonight subject to financing for almost full price.
Thanks for all your hard work; we'll be spreading the good news of your amazing talents."
Century 21 First Canadian Corp.
Thanks again for all your help & support with the house & getting it sold. Your work is amazing! Take care & best wishes to you, your family & your business!"
Leanne, Todd, Emily, Isabel
Dear Karen: I just wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU for your excellent work on staging 241 Estella and the attention to detail you gave my clients. My clients also complimented on how nice you were and how easy you were to work with. I also like the fact that you have after client care as well, as that is hard to find in today's very rushed world.
The home was in need of your suburb style of work and the staging was done with much care. The comments I received while doing open houses there were very complimentary to your handiwork and many people thought the house showed very well. They also said the choice of colours was well chosen.
I have enjoyed working with you and will gladly pass along your name to other agents as well as use you again many times over.
Remax Centre City, London, On.
This letter is to acknowledge Karen McMillan @ Best Dressed Homes.
"I would like to thank her for her help in selling my house, which was on the market for 4 months prior to meeting Karen. I had purchased a new home without any conditions of mine selling first. With no success in selling my vacant home I was in an extremely desperate situation.
I was introduced to Karen through my real estate agent who was referred by Easy Home. Karen came to my home within a couple of days and gave suggestions and ideas to "sell this house". This was Karen's main goal. She ordered furniture appropriate for my room sizes, colours, etc. Wow, once complete, it truly looked like a model home. She completed the job late Thursday evening as I had a showing Friday morning.
This showing was the person who purchased my home!!! Within a few days, I had a firm offer on the table!
I would strongly recommend to anyone with a home for sale to hire Karen!
Now I am living in my new home and have scheduled Karen to come in for a consultation to help me decorate.
I truly appreciate the time Karen put into selling my house and her loyalty."
"Hi Karen the Pictures are great. Thank you….Again thank you for all your help. Everyone that has looked at the Vincent house has made wonderful comments about the way the place looks. Great Job Karen."
"I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Karen McMillan of Best Dressed Homes.
Karen has recently staged my home in Kilworth, Ontario for the purpose of selling. Our home was transformed into something quite magnificent and completely unexpected.
Her choices of rented furnishings were extremely flattering to our home. She has the ability to choose colours that have made our home come alive. At her suggestion we painted our front door a very bright and cheery colour to welcome visitors to our home. This colour has then flowed into our home.
She has a large inventory of pictures, lamps, flowers, decorative accents, plants, bedding, towels and many ornaments to assist her in staging any size home, large or small.
Karen, herself has tireless energy and great patience to make everything near perfect. It is her desire to have our home show every possible potential to a buyer. She pays great attention to the details of each room.
She certainly provides great expertise in her decorating abilities as well as having a sense of the client's personal taste.
In our case we were so happy with her decorating talents we have purchased some of the new furnishings and accessories on Karen's approval as they will work well in our new home.
She has great passion for her work and is a joy to work with. I look forward to having Karen decorate my new home in the future."