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Random Thoughts from a Stager - Turned Seller & Buyer

Home Stager with Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC

So....what does one long lost blogger write about about regarding staging when it seems like everything has already been said?  Not more of the same, at least not from me.

Instead, maybe I'll talk about the tedious process of decluttering closets, storage rooms and drawers of my own house as I ready to sell it.  Or, maybe I'll write about how it is really important to have a great deal of confidence in the Realtor(r) one chooses to list their house with...after all, the market has morphed into who knows what and we sellers still want the absolute highest dollar we can get out of our homes.  Maybe, I can share what a difficult process it is of letting go of the house I've poured my (creative) heart and soul into for the last four years...all of which I know many other sellers face and hoping the next house I house I buy has every little detail I imagine as I picture it all in my head.

Better yet, maybe I'll just let you know that stagers & designers, at least this one, go through the same mental process as every other seller out there.  I still want to know, from others, that my house is FABULOUS, that there IS a good chance my house won't sit on the market for ever and I'll get close to asking price; and maybe, just maybe my house will be considered that gem amongst a box full of faux jewelry that someone (especially the appraiser!) recognizes.


Gem amongst Junk





Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Very thoughtful, Jackie!  We know you're a gem.  Good luck with the house.  Moving far?  Julie

Apr 05, 2010 08:07 AM
Judi Morgan
RETIRED - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate

Jackie, nice to see you blogging again.  Look forward to reading your new posts here on Active Rain.

Apr 05, 2010 08:33 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Welcome back!  I hope you will share more as you progress through the process.  Maybe it will be therapeutic for you!  Best of luck!

Apr 05, 2010 08:47 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jackie- I know your pain having myself moved at least half a dozen times.  Having your house on the market is like baring your soul.  Can't wait to see follow up posts!

Apr 05, 2010 09:37 AM
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells

Hi Jackie,

I think that's what has keep me in my current home for over 20 years. I too am looking forward to hearing about your transition.

Apr 05, 2010 11:09 AM
Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

Great to see you back Jackie. I hear ya... my house is still in a shortsale after 6 months. I know it will sell but it was too much for me.   I moved out 2 months ago... less stress, I am happier, and I can think ahead now without those "will I have to move tomorrow" thoughts. Be well my friend, life will get better ;)

Apr 05, 2010 11:10 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Hi Jackie ~ Best of luck to you -- I'm sure your house looks fabulous!  One lucky buyer will walk in the door and fall in love ....

Apr 05, 2010 11:52 AM
Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

Julie!  Well sure, I'm a gem, but will the appraiser and potential buyers think my house is :)  Not sure yet where we're moving.  I found what could potentially be our dream house...we'll see, the commute would be a looong one for the man of the house.  How have YOU been?!


Judi - Awe, thanks :)

Sharon - I keep tabs on your blog posts via FB - you've been busy!  I don't think anything about moving is therapeautic, but that's just me.  Hopefully this next house will be home for a long, long time.


Kathy - It is like baring your soul.  Love that you understand that!!


Lori - My heart goes out to you.  I'm so happy to hear you feel less stress.  I just wonder why I kept renovating, knowing full well we'd be selling for another house.  We're working on making the entire transition fun...well, as it can be.

Susan - Ugh.  Right????  And, is there such a thing as the perfect house?  I hope so and I hope I find it.  I've never, ever lived anywhere for 20 years, but that's exactly what I'm after this time.  Lucky you!

Maureen - I am laughing out loud as I type my response for you.  Yes, the house looks fabulous, but I really do NEED to declutter those closets and a massive storage room.  Blech - time for 3 boxes...one for stays, one for goes to donation and one for what was I *thinking* when I brought this into the house ;)






Apr 05, 2010 02:29 PM
Mary Lou Teague
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

Glad to see you back..have missed reading you here on AR..and you are a gem that is for sure....I started a group here on AR called STAGING STORIES COME JOIN AND POST THIS BLOG ON THERE...

Apr 06, 2010 01:34 AM
Marianne Cherico
Interiors by Marianne Cherico - Foxboro, MA
Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island


I love your post. I come from an extensive RE background and still work part time as a Client Care Coordinator for a busy RE agent in Foxboro ,Ma. My point is that I hold Sellers hands through this emotional and sometimes stressful process! I really understand that side of it. But I am sure that when you are going through it yourself it is a whole different story! I am sure that your house shows beautifully and Buyers will love it. Keep us posted !

Best of luck,


Apr 06, 2010 07:29 PM
Yolanda Hoversten
Self Employed - O'Fallon, IL
Referrals for O’Fallon, IL & the Metro East

Hi, Jackie!  Great to see you blogging again, though I haven't blogged much myself.  Welcome back!

Quite a coincidence that I'm in the process of selling our old home myself.  We lived there for almost 19 years and boy is it difficult to let go.  I'm confident that yours will be staged and in great condition.  The location you cannot change (good or bad), but pricing it correctly is very critical.  Your Realtor will be very helpful in that.  Best of luck to you! 

Apr 08, 2010 04:08 AM
Jackie Peraza
Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC - Framingham, MA
Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts

ML - I'll have to look for that group.  I have much more to share.

Marianne - It really is a whole different ball of wax when you're going through it yourself.  We just left the house for a week so the Realtor could do her magic.  And she did.

Yolanda - How are you my sweet, sweet friend?!  Good luck in selling your house.  I agree it is tough letting go.  Our house went under contract 1.5 days after it had been on market.

Apr 28, 2010 01:02 AM