Michelle at Mode was recommended to me by my sales agent and I could not have asked for a better service.  She responded very promptly in visiting our rental property and as I was living overseas, she happily liaised with the listing agent for access and ensuring it was staged in time for photography. Michelle dressed the property in a beautiful contemporary style to attract buyers to view the home and show how it could look when furnished. When shortly afterwards the country went into lockdown due to COVID19 Michelle quickly contacted me to inform me that the staging rental would go on hold until such times as viewing could commence again, a gesture I very much appreciated.  I do believe that staging a home does give you an advantage when listing a property for sale and makes a beautiful first impression both on the internet and in person and is well worth the small investment. I could not have asked for more from Michelle and highly recommend her for both her style and professional manner.

Ann Peel

Ann – Scott Street

Michelle’s passion, enthusiasm and ideas she brought to “staging” our house for sale, made the whole experience for us a joyful, rewarding and exciting one!

Her ability to marry the various items of ours that remained in the house (after a term of partly-furnished rental) with hers, transformed our house completely, and she had created a style that resonated with us.

Michelle’s eye for detail and colour-matching, plus the little touches of luxury and clever placement of furnishings and using the space within a room, meant that walking back into the house the day she, and her husband, dressed it, was AMAZING!!!

At last our beautiful home looked as we’d always wanted it to look – EXTRA-ORDINARY!

Don’t hesitate – do it – it makes an enormous difference to presenting your house for viewings – worth every affordable cent!

Thanks Michelle, it’s been a pleasure from start to finish working with you, Marion and Rod Griffith


Marion & Rod – Cowley Drive

We recently sold our home in Cambridge and were advised by friends to consider home staging for a quicker sale.  After discussing this with our real estate agent Peter Tong of More RE who recommended Mode, we contacted Michelle to see what she could offer.  As we had some pieces we no longer had a home for we suggested to Michelle that she might be able to use some of these items when staging, and this she did, managing to incorporate our older items with her more modern furniture and art work.  Although the final effect was very different to what we had previously lived with, as we had largely antique and period pieces, we could see that what she had produced would appeal to a wider range of viewers, and were very happy with the result.  Our house sold within 3 weeks of marketing, as a result of the combined efforts of our real estate agent and the home staging. 

We found Michelle very easy to work with and were very pleased with the way our house was presented and would not hesitate to recommend Mode to others.

John & Virginia Mathieson 

John & Virginia – Arnold Street

July 2019

My wife and I recently called on Michelle from The Mode, who had come independently recommended to us, to stage a rental property that we were selling in Hamilton.

The property has since been sold, and in our view the sale potential was definitely enhanced by the excellent home staging that Michelle and The Mode team did.

We found them to be fast, efficient, did what they said they would do, in the agreed time, for both the install and removal, and importantly the quality of their furniture and props were excellent.

And all delivered at a cost that we thought was very reasonable.

Should you require home staging or a similar service, we recommend that you give them serious consideration.

Peter & Jo


Peter & Jo – Moreland Drive

Having built 4 homes for sale in Te Aroha, we wanted to make one of them a show home looking as presentable as possible.

When the start of our sales campaign was about to commence, a staging provider we had previously enlisted had to pull out due to over-booking. We then had to quickly find an alternative provider, and, fortunately, we contacted Michelle of the Mode. “No trouble”, said Michelle, “I’ll pop out and see what you need”.

She arrived on-time, and soon made my wife and I realised she knew exactly what was required. Any queries we posed to her were listened to carefully, and answered honestly and professionally. We also were impressed with her flair for interior decorating.

The furniture and decorative pieces were delivered exactly on time, and installed in 2 hours by Michelle and her husband. The result was stunning, and the house interior was transformed in to a warm and classy home.

Many of the subsequent prospective buyers said how well the furnishings looked, and some wanted to retain the lot if they decided to purchase the house!

When the house was sold and the items needed to be de-installed, Michelle and Craig arrived on-time, (in fact, slightly before) and quietly went about shifting everything out to their transport. Easy as!

Out of all the builders and service providers we dealt with over the course of the project, the Mode won hands-down for the most professional, easy to deal with, and friendly supplier. Everything they said they would do was done 100% well, at a reasonable cost.

For these reasons, we highly recommend the Mode to anybody looking for a first-rate staging service

John & Diane – Miller Road

” Michelle and her husband did an amazing job staging our recently built home, ready for sale. She listened to everything we wanted and dressed the house even better than we could ever have imagined. She was incredibly flexible and fitted in with our busy schedule, which was much appreciated during a stressful time. She has such a great talent and I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I cried when I saw it because she really transformed the house into a home. Would definitely recommend The Mode for staging and we will be sure to use them again and recommend to all our friends and family. Thank you so much. ” Anna and Grant Stewart – Alan Livingston

Anna & Grant Stewart – Alan Livingston Drive

We recently used The Mode to stage our property in Hamilton. Michelle and Craig did an outstanding job from beginning to end- they were extremely professional, arrived on time and accommodated our change in removal date (as a result of a very quick sale!)…nothing was too much trouble.

My husband was initially very sceptical about spending money on staging the house but was the first to admit how amazing it looked once Michelle and Craig had woven their magic. The reason we chose Mode over other staging companies was that Michelle listened to our preferences and staged the house to suit the age and style of the property. They didn’t just use a standard formula across all the properties they staged. The house looked incredible and was definitely a significant factor in achieving not only a quick sale but an auction price that far exceeded our expectations. Thanks guys…we highly recommend The Mode for your next staging job – it is totally worth the money!

Jane Wilson – Aug 2018

Jane – Bond Street

Michelle did a lovely job staging my elderly mother’s home.  It was an emotionally difficult time as my mother had built the house with my father decades earlier. I was very impressed (and relieved) at how well Michelle handled the consultation.  Michelle was gentle, compassionate and she worked around my mother’s needs and questions.   My mother’s home was immaculate but also quite traditional. Michelle and co did a lovely job adding her flair and pieces and transforming the space into a fresh and modern home with wider appeal.  Thanks Michelle.


March 2018

Joanne – Donald Lane

We would like to recommend Michelle and her work in home staging to anyone seeking a person to make the most of their home in preparation for sale.

After having a meeting where we talked through our ideas, we left Michelle to stage the house with the vision we had shared…..and we were thrilled! Our home looked beautiful with the best features highlighted with light bright contemporary furniture, art work and accessories.

After the sale Michelle removed the furniture and left the house in a perfect state ready for the new buyer to move in.

Thank you Michelle to helping us to sell our house after a few days on the market, and for interpreting our vision so well with your careful skill and creative flair!

Warwick and Joanna

Jo & Warwick – King Street

“Thank you” seems like such a small word for the huge benefits Michelle’s staging bought to the sale of my home.  I appreciated the initial consultation with Michelle where she really took time to look carefully at my home and discuss all the possible options with me. On staging day the transformation was incredible.  The quality and variety of the furniture, art and accessories Michelle uses is superb. My home looked and felt amazing, yet retained a comfortable and welcoming feel.  Results speak for themselves, my home sold in 17 days with seven excellent offers. Definitely an “investment”.  Thank you so much Michelle, I have no hesitation in recommending your business.

Regards Noeleen

Wells Place, Cambridge.

Noeleen – Wells Place