Sorry, He Hates It!

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Home Stager with Fresh Perspectives - www.InsideNashvilleHomes.com

 

"Sorry, he hates it!"Those were the words I heard from an agent whose listing we recently staged. "What?" I said as my heart jumped into my throat.  We've never had an unhappy client and after 3 years in business we were experiencing our first.  When we finished staging the property the agent stopped by, whom we had never worked with before.   I'm always on edge when a client sees a property for the first time after we are finished staging.  Knowing they are happy always makes me feel good - I never want to disappoint them.  This agent was hard to read - not the emotional type. He said he was happy with it, but in those situations you just never know.

Here is a picture of the living room before we staged it:

17th livingroom before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is how we staged the room:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Really? Do you hate it? This home is in the heart of East Nashville, full of gorgeous old Victorians that have been renovated.  There are many eclectic homes attracting the young professionals who want to be close to downtown Nashville.  This particular property was a mix of traditional and contemporary and the challenge was making both those styles work. 

"Yes", the agent responded. "My client hates it so much he wants you to stage another property for him."  Well, he got me - he got me good.  So when I see him in a couple of days to walk the other vacant property I'll make sure I get him back.  Now, if I can only think of something good...........

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Anthea Click is the President of Fresh Perspectives Property Merchandising Services specializing in staging vacant homes, model homes and owner occupied redesign in the Middle Tennessee area including:Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Spring Hill, Fairview, Murfreesboro, Hendersonville, and Lebanon. She is also a certified CSP Elite instructor, educating agents on how to incorporate staging into their business. For information on staging your home for sale contact us at 615-465-8086 or visit our website www.InsideNashvilleHomes.com

                                              

 

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Rainmaker
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Anthea,

You could always stage the home in HUD foreclosure splendor complete with cockroaches and a room full of debris!!!  ^_~

Enjoyed your post Anthea,  and the "after" picture really looks great.  A home stager helped sell our flip home in a couple of weeks about a year ago.  It makes all the difference in the world!

Mar 02, 2010 09:19 AM #1
Rainer
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Craig Richardson
National Realty - McLean, VA

Anthea, funny guy huh!  Bet you wanted to kill him.

Mar 02, 2010 09:23 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Michele Reneau
Certified Staging Professional (CSP) Elite Instructor - Summerville, SC
Realtor, GRI ~ Charleston, SC Relocation Experts Team

What a little booger! I think it looks fabulous! Glad he did too.

Mar 02, 2010 09:28 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

Love the wall color, and we can always get over jokes on us like that o ne...I am still going to call you about the seminars...

Mar 02, 2010 09:47 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I love the wall color too, but not in the before picture with the dated furniture.  I love your use of black and white to bring the color up to date.

Mar 02, 2010 10:26 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

Love the way you freshened and updated the historic feel with contemporary furniture and accessories Anthea! Perfect for those young professionals. Do they even call them yuppies any more???!

Mar 02, 2010 11:16 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

Please post the photos of the next property!! This one is dynomite Anthea!!

Mar 02, 2010 11:21 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Wanda Richards
Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions - Roanoke, VA
Shows Great Home Staging

Anthea - I love the colors you choose and how you put it all together.  Great job!

Mar 02, 2010 12:33 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Oh I would have wanted to just sock him.  Go get 'em girl...get him back good! 

Love the new look!

Mar 02, 2010 12:48 PM #9
Rainer
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

You had me going, too.  As I was reading your article, I kept thinking, really?  He didn't like it?  Seriously?  Phew!  Glad it all ended well - looks like a great stage!

Mar 02, 2010 03:24 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Anthea,

Great job on the house...great colors that you used.  I can't wait for the next post to see how you surprise him!!!

Mar 02, 2010 05:15 PM #11
Rainer
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Randy Larson
East Coast Staging & Re-design - Leland, NC

Anthea.... what you should do is stage his next property with just a few broken peices of furniture and then tell him to come look at your master piece!!!!  Love what you did with this property!!

Mar 02, 2010 09:01 PM #12
Rainer
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Anthea Click
Fresh Perspectives - www.InsideNashvilleHomes.com - Franklin, TN
Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly!

Bruce - Now that would be funnny! For me at least. :)

Craig - Still do. Any ideas?

Michele - Thank you! He got me good. He was hard to read and didn't get excited when he saw it.  He has no idea I will get him back.

Mary Lou - Look forward to hearing from you!

Sharon - Thank you. It is not a color I would have chosen, but in East Nashville those colors work.

Tessa - Thank you! Not sure what they are called now.

Cathy - Thank you! And I will. I'm walking the property tomorrow so hopefully we can get it done next week.

Wanda - Thank you so much!!!

Ginger - I do want to sock him!  And thank you. :)

Sally - No one is happier it ended well than me! I hate to disappoint.

Linda - Yes, I definitely need to blog about that don't I?

Randy - That is  a great idea! Tahnk you. :)

 

Mar 03, 2010 03:58 AM #13
Rainer
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Michelle & Joe Kaspari
Essential Home Staging - Sacramento, CA
Essential Home Staging, Sacramento

That's a good one, I've always been tempted to stage with some hideous accessories for a couple of our clients with a sense of humor ~ just to see their reaction..I'm picturing ceramic frogs or pigs? :)

Mar 03, 2010 08:12 AM #14
Rainer
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Anthea Click
Fresh Perspectives - www.InsideNashvilleHomes.com - Franklin, TN
Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly!

Michelle, Thanks for stopping by. Since the other property is a downtown condo ceramic pigs adn frogs sound great!

Mar 03, 2010 08:27 AM #15
Rainer
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Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

The room looks FAB!!!  Very chic and high styled!!!

Mar 03, 2010 01:44 PM #16
Rainmaker
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Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Whew!  You got me on that one too, which I was worried about because I thought it was fantastic.... glad to hear you got more business from this because you did a great job!

Mar 04, 2010 11:11 AM #17
Rainer
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Anthea Click
Fresh Perspectives - www.InsideNashvilleHomes.com - Franklin, TN
Nashville Home Stager - Selling Nashville, TN homes quickly!

Kathy - Thank you!

Melissa - Thank you! That means so much coming from you!!!

Mar 05, 2010 07:02 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

What a great look, with such a bold color, and you pulled it off beautifully.  Funny guy!

Mar 05, 2010 02:17 PM #19
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