Staging Nightmare that ended well

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Home Stager with A Different View

We staged a home last week that was being sold two years after the owner passed away. The trustees were located in another state so coordination was an issue from the beginning. We agreed to help by moving a "couple" of pieces of furniture from the home prior to staging.

When we arrived the house was filled with furniture. Our (wonderful) movers had to empty out the house, place all the furniture on the front lawn then move the staging inventory into the home. Then they loaded up the truck and took an entire house full of furniture to Goodwill.

After several hours we noticed the water had been turned off. We decided to check the shut-off valve in the basement and found water bubbling up through the tile. Yikes. After calling the clients to call a plumber we decided to put in window treatments and broke five drill bits on the very weird walls.

 This was the end product after staging:

 

The Realtor called me the next morning . . . the home sold to the first person who walked through the door!

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Rainer
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Judy Colburn
ProStaged Homes - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Glendora, San Dimas Covina, Home Staging

Beautiful job Lynn. Congrats on a job well done.

May 12, 2010 01:28 PM #1
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Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

Great job !! love what you did, even though it was a nightmare in the end all is well...

May 13, 2010 03:20 AM #2
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Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

  Thanks for sharing your story on STAGING STORIES... I have highlighted your post..thanks for sharing

May 13, 2010 03:24 AM #3
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Lynn Crawford
A Different View - Olney, MD
Staging DC & Maryland

Mary Lou - thanks for the highlight on the post. I have lots of other staging stories, some of which aren't fit to print. :)

Judy - thanks. The homeowner and Realtor were thrilled with the quick sale which is all that matters.

Earlier this week I staged a condo that was ninety minutes away with our awful DC traffic. The building had all kinds of restrictions and we had to make a trip back to the storage units to get some additional inventory and return before the loading dock area closed. The owner just called - I forgot to put the light bulbs into the lamps. Never done that before but there's a first time for everything.

May 13, 2010 11:14 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Lynn, I've had so many of these 'estate' or 'illness' type jobs lately. I guess it's the baby boomers aging ;). This week the agent and I were hauling furniture around at one place.

May 15, 2010 02:03 PM #5
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Lynn, that must have been a shock to find not just "a few" pieces of furniture left behind, but a whole house full!  Glad your movers came through for you.  Looks like the end result was worth all the hoops you had to leap through.  This looks like a completely different house with the updated furniture!

May 16, 2010 05:30 AM #6
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Sorry, Lynn, comment #6 was from me - I wasn't logged in!

May 16, 2010 05:32 AM #7
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Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager

Lynn,

Beautiful Staging and Great Success Story!!!  Congratulations.

May 25, 2010 05:16 PM #8
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Lori Donegan
Ready 2 Stage - Cleveland, TN

Beautiful end result.  Seems like there are always those "things" that pop up during a staging day.  Once we got a drill bit stuck in the wall, because we hit a major stud--and I don't mean a good looking man! ha  Thanks for sharing your pics.

May 30, 2010 04:13 PM #9
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