Approx. four months before I listed my townhouse for sale, I brought Louise on board to guide me in getting it ready. She knew exactly what I should keep for staging purposes and what had to go into storage. We worked together to select paint colours, carpet, lighting, mirrors and hardware to update the 2000 sq. ft., 3 bdrm home where I had lived for 30 years. I was so happy to leave the shopping to her! Louise is a champion budget buyer with excellent contacts. The items she selected were cost conscious, yet classy. She saved me incalculable time, money and stress wandering around home centres dithering over decisions.
Louise and Joseph (the other half of Pair Design) were attentive, encouraging, and a lot of fun to be around. In the midst of other preparations, Joseph saw to an emergency toilet repair that required replacing a section of subfloor, managing to preserve the sheet vinyl, which saved having to install new flooring. My son had already done quite a few minor renos and repairs, but I still had a long list of updates to make the place look more modern. On these I trusted Louise's judgment in materials and style, and my son did most of the installations.
Before the big launch, Louise and her assistant staged the entire house, using mostly my own furnishings and decor in ways I couldn't have imagined (why hadn't I thought of that?!), augmented by items from her rental accessories package. The transformation was breathtaking.
Every piece of advice and assistance Louise gave me was spot on. My realtor said he heard nothing but positive comments from the 75 groups of people who went through during the open house (the promotional pictures of her handiwork were obviously a huge draw). Within two days I had ten offers, almost all substantially over the asking price.
Pair's fee (around $4000 including all the lighting, mirrors and hardware, plus repairs, installations, consultation, shopping and staging) was a small fraction of the $15,000 to $20,000 I had budgeted for upgrades, and without doubt the best money spent. Louise's recommendations saved me money on other work and materials, so I actually came in below budget. My only mistake in the entire process was not hiring the painter she recommended. If only I had listened, I could have saved a month of headaches... all the other contractors she sent my way were superb professionals. She also stressed decluttering and cleaning, which we hear from all quarters; it costs only time and labour, and can be hired out as well, if you wish.
Louise is a lovely, positive person, a delight to work with. Her gentle nudging and buoyant attitude kept me going during the times I felt overwhelmed. Another reviewer here mentioned her "magic." I'll second that. I can't recommend her highly enough. – JL