Buying Outdoor Furniture

Bistro setConfused about what material suits your needs? You’ll find outdoor furniture in a wide variety of materials. Plastics are affordable, but lasts only a few seasons as colours tend to fade and the materials become brittle and break.  You might consider metal furniture.  There are two types of metal outdoor furniture available. Lightweight, rustproof, and low-cost aluminum is easy to transport. I just purchased this 3 piece bistro set in this material but because it is light I placed it in an area that is sheltered. Check it out, it even has a wine bucket! Some of the cast aluminum pieces feature powder-coated and long-lasting finishes. Wrought-iron is a better choice over the aluminum if the furniture is exposed to high winds. It will likely need to be repainted to deter rust.

Another option to consider is wood furniture. There are numerous weather-resistant woods you can choose, including teak and cedar. Leave wood furniture untreated to weather to a grey finish or plan to lightly sand the surface and seal the wood now and then to retain its colour. Wood furnishings tend to be heavy so they’re not pieces that you will want to reposition.

You will find that weather-resistant patio furniture is all the rage these days. They are popular because they are lightweight and can stand up to the elements. For those that want to bring the indoors out, yes I said indoors out. You can use your real wicker chairs on the patio, but only in a protected area as they do not like rain.

Cushions and decorative pillows will complete the look. I prefer Sunbrella cushions and pillows as they come in weather-hardy fabrics treated to resist fading and moisture. ( I recommend storing cushions and pillows whenever they’re not in use so they last longer.

June is the best time to buy outdoor furniture. You can find sales of up to 40% off in some stores.   There is still enough stock on the floor in June, but after July 1st the stock has been picked over.  Happy shopping!





Oceanside Home Stager Vicki Lerch, owner of Sold On Staging, just returned home from the International Real Estate Staging Convention held recently in Las Vegas. The convention was hosted for stagers from all over the world, including over 100 from Canada. Real Estate Mogul and Shark Tank’s TV’s star, Barbara Corcoran, was the keynote speaker at the RESA convention this year. Canadian Interior Designer, Kimberley Seldon was a featured speaker. “Kimberley was such an inspiring speaker and shared invaluable information.” Lerch said. Featured also, was Steven Aaron, TV personality from Selling LA and top Realtor for Keller Williams in Los Angeles. Aaron said “I attribute much of my success to staging all my properties and targeting that buyer. Lerch said “My mentor Lisa McIntee from Ontario was awarded top Stager of North America.”

Vicki wraps up her experience saying, “This convention was truly a valuable investment in my business.” If you are selling your property Staging will set you apart from the competition.
To find out more about Vicki Lerch, Sold On Staging, visit: If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview please contact me on my cell 250-927-0331. Staging is a marketing tool that home owners and Real Estate Agents are investing in and getting top results.

Quick Facts to get you ready for selling in 2013

Quick Facts to get you ready for selling in 2013

Quick Facts to get you ready for selling in 2013

Staged homes sell faster 85% faster.

Staged homes sell for more money.

Staging costs range from $299.00 up to $5,000.00.  While to some $2,500.00 (or more) may seem like a lot of money for house staging, you will  get an average 300% return on the cost of home staging.

A staged home will look better than the competing
homes for sale in your local market, allowing you to sell faster and for more

64% of buyers were willing to pay more money for a
house that is move- in ready.


Think You Can’t Afford to Stage?

Think You Can’t Afford to Stage?

Think you can’t afford to stage? Check out this story:

Staged home vs. Non Staged home:

First couple

Bob & Sally both in their senior years had retired to a small home far from any family or relatives. Health started to become an issue and the couple decided to move closer to family. They contacted a realtor and listed their home for sale at $468,000.00. The couple were unable to sell the home after one month and decided to lower the price by $10,000.00. At this point the stress of selling and moving was starting to wear on them. They felt no other option but to lower the price for a quicker sale. Another month passed and there was no concrete offers so they lowered the price $5,000.00 this time. Sure enough the house sold within 2 weeks for $453,000.00, $15,000.00 less than what they had it listed for. So they were short $15,000.00 out of pocket. Not a good ending to their story. Staging cost would have been approximately $2,500.00. Less than their first price reduction!

Second couple

The second couple Betty and Frank lived on the next street in the same neighbourhood. They hired a certified stager before contacting their realtor. Thus allowing the stager time to set the stage, so to speak. With the staging complete the realtor would get a good first impression and know that the house was market ready, meaning it would sell fast and at a good price. The home is staged and the stress of getting it market ready taken care of by the SOS Team. The home shows well at the open houses and also on the internet. Remember the internet is where most home browsing in done. The staged house shows well in photos on the internet, making a great first impression.

The home sells in 2 weeks for the asking price of $499,000.00. The cost of staging is $2,500. The couple saved $7500.00 by hiring the SOS Team.

No price reduction was required and the couple had a quick sale and got their asking price as well.

Qualicum Beach Staging Company

Qualicum Beach Staging Company

Qualicum Beach staging company Sold On Staging was launched in 2011.

This Qualicum Beach staging company offers a variety of services, including staging for vacant homes, as well as a variety of other Qualicum Beach staging services.

Are you looking for a Qualicum Beach staging company who will help you get the most money for your investment when selling your Qualicum Beach home? Look no further than the leading Qualicum Beach staging company Sold On Staging.