One hour staging - received 4 offers at open house the next day

Home Stager with Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040

Before Last week I received a call from a Realtor asking if I could do a 1 hour staging for an Open House the very next day. After taking a look the same day and prepration of a simple plan, I marched in the next day loaded with accessories. One hour is definitly VERY short, but it is amazing what difference simple changes make - I staged 4 rooms. The house has been on the market for almost a year and a half. After the Open House they received FOUR offers!!! - a result of home staging and a small price reduction.

Do you as a Real Estate Agent or you as a Home Stager have a similar story to share?


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About the Author: Birgit Anich is the President and Creative Director of Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors one of the most innovative real estate staging and design firms in Fairfield County, CT. Our distinctive approach is creating a lifestyle experience that sells homes fast and at the maximum price. Birgit’s focus is working with home sellers and their real estate agents to prepare their property to appeal to the most likely buyers. As Certified Advanced Stagers, trained by HGTV star Matthew Finlason, Birgit Anich Staging and Interiors transforms a property into a buyer’s dream using Targeted Lifestyle Marketing Techniques.

Birgit also won the most prestegious awards in the Staging Industry - Regional and National Awards of Rookie Stager of the Year by RESA.

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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Birgit -- nice transformation especially in a one-hour staging!


Nov 25, 2009 03:47 PM #1
Barbara Heil-Sonneck
Design2Sell - Atlanta, GA
Home Staging Atlanta

Hi Birgit, nice job and great results, way to go :-) Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 25, 2009 05:25 PM #2
Nancy Maurer
Whitehall Interiors & Home Staging LLC - Sparta, NJ
Home Stager - Serving No. NJ

Birgit,  This is not only an example of excellent staging in such a short time, but also a great testimonial to the effectiveness of staging!!  Nice job!


Nov 26, 2009 09:02 AM #3
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Birgit, That's a fantastic testimonial to the effectiveness of home staging.  Way to go!

Nov 27, 2009 02:02 AM #4
Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

Birgit!  Great job. Thank you for sharing this and I hope your REA and homeowner were thrilled.

Nov 27, 2009 07:54 AM #5
Birgit Anich
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040 - Norwalk, CT
Connecticut Home Stager - Fairfield County, Westchester

Maureen, Barbara, Nancy, Sally thanks for your comments. I agree, this is a very good example of effectiveness of staging. I am convinced that the house could have sold much sooner and at a higher price if they had it staged earlier and had put nice online pictures into their promotion. I met with the home owners and the Real Estate Agent a few months ago, but they did not want to invest in staging. Last minute they changed their minds. Well, in the end even one hour if home staging did pay off.

Nov 27, 2009 01:06 PM #6
Barbara Jennings
Academy of Staging and Redesign - Huntington Beach, CA

Congratulations Birgit!  What an accomplishment and what an incredible deal for the homeowners.

The staging of the dining room is excellent. As a redesign trainer, I would have preferred to see the two small pictures over the sofa hung closer to the top of the sofa, so that the art and the sofa are seen as a united "one" instead of two separate sections. This would eliminate the tendency to have the eye drawn to the space between the art and the sofa.

But other than that one comment, you did an outstanding job and the results for the seller are amazing! Well done! Good for you!

Nov 28, 2009 05:44 AM #7
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

One hour staging has to be a record.

Great job

Nov 28, 2009 07:52 AM #8
Birgit Anich
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040 - Norwalk, CT
Connecticut Home Stager - Fairfield County, Westchester

Thanks Barbara and Virgina for your comments. I agree with you Barbara about the space between the sofa and the pictures.

Nov 28, 2009 01:15 PM #9
Joan Marsh Bunker
Staged with Class - Marlton, NJ

Great job!

Nov 28, 2009 01:26 PM #10
Charissa Robinett
INTERIORS by Charissa LLC - Joplin, MO

Awesome job, Brigit!  You should be proud.  So, I just had this thought.  Would it make sense to find out what open houses were coming up at the beginning of the week, check out the online listings to find some that could easily be improved and contact the agents to propose staging by the hour to get the house ready for an open house?  This might be an interesting way to solicit business.  Hmmmmm.....

Charissa Robinett
"the key to unlocking your home's potential"

Dec 07, 2009 06:49 AM #12
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Now that is a quickie staging, congrats, that's fantastic!

Dec 19, 2009 03:58 PM #13
Birgit Anich
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040 - Norwalk, CT
Connecticut Home Stager - Fairfield County, Westchester

Thanks Charissa! I think this would be a good idea, it requires though still to see the place first and bring plently of accessories with you. One hour is though definitly too short for most spaces.

Thanks Cindy! 

Dec 20, 2009 12:42 PM #14
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Hey there - nice job!!!  Good post, too....

May 29, 2010 09:53 AM #15
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