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As Summer Wanes Business Waxes! - 08/23/08 12:22 AM
As the Summer wanes and days grow shorter and kids are back in school, we are noticing a definite increase in our Staging business! This is good. I received a call from a large production builder that I have not worked with in almost a year - and they have 4 projects for us. This is good. We have Staged more houses this month than in the prior months this year. This is good. We are getting calls from both Sellers and Realtors to Stage houses for sale. This is good. Our projects are both vacant and occupied houses. This is (3 comments)
Presentation of a house for sale seems like a no-brainer to many that are involved in the industry. Yet there are still houses out there on the market that have not had one whit of attention paid to cleanliness and clutter. Here piggy piggy!This begs the question: Are the Sellers Ignorant or just Plain Arrogant?Do they REALLY not know all about how to present their house for sale? Ignorance - which in this case is not bliss. It's "blah! - or Blechh" And does the listing agent really not know what to tell them about keeping their house picked up (12 comments)
Consumer Reports features Home Staging - 08/06/08 11:54 PM
Look for the article on Home Staging in Consumer Reports! Here is an excerpt from one of their internal boxes: reprinted from Consumer Reports September 2008 issue:
Here is the link to the article featuring Barb Schwarz - as the expert in the Home Staging industry that shares the important reasons why consumers need to Stage first before they sell! http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/money/real-estate/real-estate/show-your-home-like-a-pro/real-estate-show-your-home-like-a-pro.htm?resultPageIndex=1&resultIndex=1&searchTerm=home%20staging The more positive press coverage we have that reaches the mass public - the better it will be for all of us - Stagers and Realtors combined! - Jennie (10 comments)
3 PROJECTS - 2 Stagers - 2 Movers - 7 hours - YES that's true! - 08/06/08 11:05 PM
We just Staged 2 vacant houses, and De-staged 1 house all in ONE AFTERNOON! We started at 11 AM and were done and back home by 8:15 - including an hour dinner break and about 2 hours of drive time. We loaded up our truck starting at 11 AM - and after one pit-stop to get water, gas and bathroom - were off by 12:20 PM to Stage the first project. Driving 40 minutes to get there we parked and unloaded. We Staged the house and were back in the truck and ready to go to the next project by 2:00 PM. We (11 comments)
"Outstaging the Stager" PART 2 - The Before & After photos - 08/06/08 09:59 PM
"Outstaging the Stager" - The Games Sellers Play I posted the first blog post about clients we worked with that said "We are Stagers" - and when working with us - we clearly were from two different worlds - they are in re-design, and we are in Staging. I thought you'd like to see the Before & After photos from this Staging project. Because we learned in our initial training how to handle a client - and how to honor them and their things - our suggestions were not taken as criticisms and the sellers ended up doing ALL we recommended. (10 comments)
IAHSP Convention Photos - We had a Blast and There is No Place like a Staged Home! - 08/02/08 02:31 PM
I wanted to share some of the wonderful photos from our 2008 IAHSP Convention - we had such a great time, and those of you that were unable to be there - well you missed a fabulous event! It was full of great learning and education - and fun too! We had key vendors and businesses that want to partner with Stagers promote their services to us - and they are very excited about what we will be able to do for them and with them in the coming weeks and months ahead. We had high-level learning, and we created memories that (2 comments)
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