I have always enjoyed helping people and my careers have reflected that passion in me. For me, staging involves far more than good taste and an eye for design. I truly get deep satisfaction when my clients and I form a strong partnership and I help them succeed far beyond their expectations. Whether the outcome is a quick sale at a higher than expected price or just living more comfortably in their space, I get a real kick out of it all.
Emotionally invested - yes, I guess you can call it that, too. What fun would it be if I didn't get so excited and passionate about the possibilities that can be created? Some jobs you just know are going to be a success if you can get your hands on them.
I recently had a consultation with a homeowner on a vacant listing. Where do I begin? Over 430 days on the market, few showings, one comment and no offers. Perhaps it was the lime green kitchen. Maybe it was the deferred maintenance evident throughout the house. Possibly the poor workmanship evident from previous DIY projects around the home. Even with all of these issues, I began to feel excited with all of the positives that we could build upon. Miles of views, acreage, interesting architecture, outbuildings galore, infinity-edge pool, etc. etc. The new agent had made professional staging a contingent factor in taking the listing. I gave a great consultation, gave a very good bid and then received a note from the homeowner stating that due to all of the work needing to be done per the realtor's and my recommendations, they would be staging the home themselves to save money.
I graciously wrote a note wishing them luck and reaffirming my availability should they have second thoughts. Part of me is really sad, as I knew that I could help make a difference. The other part says move on, and looks for the next great thing, working with people who get it that professional staging works and that they nearly always will save lots of time, heartache and money by utilizing a stager.
Sometimes you just have to move on.....