I'm not flummoxed anymore

Home Stager with Stage-Show-Sell

A few weeks ago I wrote and asked for AR help


I read all of your advice and did what I could with the budget given me.  This home was a little different than the homes that I normally work with.  The family was 'very close' in watching the process.

Most of the estates I work with I'm given a little more free ride with the preparations for sale.

1960 Laundry Room



2009 laundry room

Given free reign I would have  replaced the sink with a bigger laundry tub.  The cabinet would have accomodated it.

1960s mud room now 2009 mud room

The carpet was removed with the wallpaper and shelving

Given my way.....I would have removed the wall between the laundry and mud rooms, making it much larger.  My process would have been cheaper too.


To see more of the process and photos click on the last photo


view of mud rm from the kitchen




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Stage-Show-Sell, offers affordable home staging solutions in the Birmingham - Bloomfield and surrounding areas in getting your home ready for the market. We service both home sellers and realtors. We have the experience, our own rental furniture and accessories to stage many homes. We specialize in Estate work. The house can be put into our hands for the whole process of getting the house on the market


Comments (17)

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Virginia - Wow ... what a difference. We can do so much with so very little and the return on the time and investment is almost always worth it.  Great job!!!

Nov 28, 2009 06:13 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I know this frustration very well.  Wouldn't it be awesome if we could just do it our way and see it finished the way we know it should be?  At least you have the satisfaction of having made a difference!  Huge improvement!

Nov 28, 2009 06:13 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Kathleen, I'm so please that you like it.  The house was a two month project..starting with the estate sale.

Sharon, I would have loved not having someone watching every penny I spent and not letting me do what I wanted to do.  MY WAY :-)  would have been better and cheaper.


Thanks for looking and commenting.

I've found something very interesting. 

Using the RES shows this way I can see how many people click on it to view and don't take the time to comment.

Nov 28, 2009 06:51 AM
Patty Hill, BIC
Local Homes and Land, Inc - Summerville, SC
Local Homes and Land, Inc

Virginia, great update!  It is great that you endured the penny pinching client.  I have had a few of those myself.  I am sure your clients are pleased with the results. Thanks for sharing.

Nov 28, 2009 07:41 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Virginia- sorry I missed your post asking for help but looks like you didn't need it.  Wow, what a great job you did.  You are amazing.  I would have taken one look at the big stack of stuff in the mud room and bolted!!!

Nov 28, 2009 12:11 PM
Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Virginia...everything is SO-O much better after you've worked your magic.  Great job! 

Nov 28, 2009 12:33 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

WOW!!!! Huge improvement! Looks great now.

Nov 28, 2009 03:09 PM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


You did such a beautiful job.  Every room looked so clean and fresh.  That was certainly a big job and I can see why it took a couple of months...but well worth it because it made such a huge difference.  Thanks for sharing your great work!!!

Nov 28, 2009 04:34 PM
Bill Bouscher
RE/MAX Classic REALTORS - Bloomfield Hills, MI

I am the lucky agent that will be listing this property and I cannot say enough about the change from the first day I walked into the home before Virginia "did her thing."  The change was nothing short of absolute magic and I am confident that the marketing period will be significantly shortened and a higher price obtained because this home looks, smells and feels fresh, clean, uncluttered and updated.  Whenever possible, I suggest staging to all of my potential seller clients. When they have taken my advice, they were very pleased with the results. 

Virginia, you did an outstanding job!  Thank you! 

Nov 28, 2009 08:11 PM
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Huge improvement Virginia!  Tight budget or not, both rooms show much better.  Great work!

Nov 28, 2009 08:47 PM
Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

The photos tell the story, don't they?  It was super-fun staging it ... thanks for bringing me in!

Nov 28, 2009 10:12 PM
Wanda Richards
Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions - Roanoke, VA
Shows Great Home Staging

Great example of what a talented stager can do when given the opportunity.  Great work as always!

Nov 28, 2009 11:15 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Patty, the client 'control issue' was difficult and I it was a good experience for me.  Not everone sees things through my eyes.  I grow with every job and challenge.

Kathy, I love these challenges.  Estates are my speciality and I never know what we will find buried.

Ginger and Cathy, thanks.  compliments from the two of you is like a star on my school paper.

Nov 29, 2009 01:30 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Linda, this was a very big job.  The house hasn't had a lot of love in the past.  That's my challenge and joy

Bill, You and I make a great team.  I love preparing these Estate for you to sell.

Let's bring in those agents and show them what a great house it is.

Michele, thanks.  Sometimes I have to be reined in on expenses. These are two rooms that I wish I could have done more and CHEAPER than what was done.  Thanks for commenting

Marianne, you are right.  This was a fun one to stage.  The staging is fun, after the hard work is done, and we make it look good to the buyers eyes.  It's not just clean now.  It looks good.  Thanks for working with me.

Wanda, Thanks.  It's nice to have talents recognized.

Nov 29, 2009 01:37 AM
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Excellent job Virginia. Estate sales bring their own challenges ;) There can be so many family feelings and attachments. As you have shown, Staging makes all the difference.

Dec 04, 2009 10:43 AM
Chrissie Sutherland
Ready Set Stage - Greensboro, NC

Can't believe they are the same rooms.  Great job.  Feels so clean, open and spacious. 

Dec 06, 2009 01:51 AM
Valerie Sagheddu
Apostle Art Home Staging & Design - Stroudsburg, PA
~Home Staging Professional, Poconos, PA

It can be frustrating when they don't agree with what is proposed...compromise is the key otherwise they will stop listening all together!

Feb 02, 2010 08:57 PM