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Thank you Virginia!  You did a great job on this Grosse Pointe Woods house I listed!  Patience, lots of hard work, an eye on how to bring the best out of this 30's house...a cooperative seller and, of course, a realtor who believed in you and was "in your court" (me!) - we did receive a great offer within 3 weeks of listing.  I firmly believe it was due to you taking the time to prepare and not having us rush into listing.

Beth Pressler Realtor

I can’t begin to say enough for the magic that Virginia performed in preparing my parent’s home for sale!  My parents had lived in the home for 61 years and, as you can imagine, there was quite a collection of “stuff”.  I was overwhelmed and my agent put me in contact with Virginia.  She went over and above what I expected of a stager.  She organized everything, brought in contractors, hauled trash to the curb, and oversaw the entire project.  Without any major updating, the home was finally ready for market in a little over a month from the start.  I was amazed at the transformation!  She had taken a tired little bungalow and turned it into a cute, charming home.  In just under three weeks we had an offer!  Thank you Virginia and I would definitely recommend your services to anyone.

Carolyn - Home owner


A few months ago an agent introduced me to her friend/client who's father passed away.

The house is set in a wonderful neighborhood of Grosse Pointe Woods.  This is the first time that I've been called in by this realtor and really wanted to make a good impression on her and of course her client.


The kitchen hadn't been updated since, let's say,....day one.

Our challenge was to make it presentable to potential  buyer without putting in a lot of money.

 Our agenda was to make it feel more spacious

This is the kitchen before.


1930s kitchen










The kitchen felt small with 3 door ways.  One led to the back door and basement, the 2nd one led to the hallway to bath and bedrooms and the third, which I'm standing in, led to the dining room.


This is the kitchen after

We removed the doors to the back door and hallway.  This opened up the room right away.  The doors have been left for the new owner to decide what to do.

Painting the yellow walls to a more soothing neutral color.   We removed all the window treatment (there was a lot) 

 Now it's charming.

1930 kitchen after









































1930s kitchen after

















The dining room before

1930 dining room

Removing the Draperies and all rods, painting out the yellow walls, updating the light fixture and removing the green tattered carpet made a big difference.












The dining room after

1930 dining room after


Dining room after















The family room before

1930s living room with fireplace





The budget, again, was very tight.

We removed the tired green carpet to expose the hard wood floors.   The big challenge was the padding was stuck to the floors with age.








We tried every product out there to remove it.  The only thing that would remove it was scrapping with a very sharp putty knife.   The floors are beautiful and the new owner can decide to sand them down, carpet or live with them being a little imperfect

carpet padding

padding stuck to hard wood floors
















The draperies were removed to open up the room.  The walls were painted to make the fireplace pop.

It worked.

Family room after

1930 fireplace
















99% of the staging was done with the sellers furniture.  All we added was a few nick, knacks, bedding and talent.

We don't have to rent expensive furniture to stage a home.

1st bedroom had the hard wood floors exposedGrosse Pointe Woods Michigan bedroom

























1st Bedroom after

Grosse Pointe Woods Michigan bedroom















2nd bedroom before

I have to admit that this is the first time I've had to deal with indoor/outdoor carpet in the living area of the house.

Grosse Pointe Woods Michigan bedroom


























It turned out very well

Grosse Pointe Woods Michigan bedroom















The bathroom I did a post on earlier.  I truly think that this bathroom helped sell the house.

The master bed room is upstairs in the cute bungalow.

Grosse Pointe Woods Michigan bedroom
















Grosse Pointe Woods Michigan bedroom












That's not green carpet up there.   It's vinyl flooring.  



Master after

I was so excited that the budget allowed for carpet

Grosse Pointe Woods Michigan bedroom















Grosse Pointe Woods Michigan bedroom
















A Friendly Wager with a Realtor on Home Staging Impact - I Won!"  The market conditions for the area showed the Realtor that the home should be on the market for 6 months.

My record is getting offers in two to three weeks.


  We had an offer in 3 weeks and it's scheduled for closing in a few weeks.   I won the wager and hopefully more jobs from the realtor


Exterior while working on it

































   Will she call me again for another job????????????????










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Harry Logan
RE/MAX executives realty - Winnipeg, MB
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What a great job you did Virginia!  I love the fact that you tweaked and used what was already there and with a little paint, imagination and elbow grease you turned negatives into a positives!


Jul 18, 2010 05:55 AM
Loan Survivor Real Estate Financing Expert
Purchases, First Time Buyers, Pre-Approvals, Refinance - Birmingham, MI

Great job Virginia.  Just wondering how the post is supposed to get you more biz?  The title does you no favors!  One thrd of the comments on this post came from other stagers.  Again, no help ot you getting more biz from agents.

I understand how frustrating it can be do to a great job and not get noticed - but calling out agents as you've done in your title won't solve that issue.

Keep up the great work otherwise!

Jul 18, 2010 06:36 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Drew, you were right.  I changed the title of my blog.


I really want to thank the Realtors for commenting on this blog.  I thrilled that 1/2 of the comments came from realtors.

Julie, Kim, Maureen and Sally: Your words are very exciting to see on my blog.

Thanks for your support.

Julia, I love using the sellers furniture.  I try my best to keep costs down for them.

Sally, I think it was about 20 hours of scraping.  That's a lot of hours but it was still cheaper than refinishing the floors.

Jul 18, 2010 07:29 AM
Judy Colburn
ProStaged Homes - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Glendora, San Dimas Covina, Home Staging


Jul 18, 2010 09:33 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

You do a beautiful job Virginia. And I commend the client for allowing you to pull up the carpet. I did a bid on a home very similar to this one. Since budget was tight I advised the client that if they couldn't afford to have it staged with furniture to at least pull up the carpet no matter what the condition of the hard wood floors underneath and they wouldn't do it. Wouldn't update the light fixtures or anything. The house is still on the market after 3 months and getting horrible feedback. I agree you can make huge differences without spending a ton of $.

Jul 18, 2010 09:40 AM
Donna Ross
Room Remedy Interiors, Sydney, Australia - Salton City, CA
Home Decorating, House Staging, Sydney

Virginia, I love it!

What a great transformation. Simple, yet very effective. I have 2 favourites. The kitchen and the family room. I have a weakness for a lovely fireplace.

Thanks for taking the time to post so many photos. I'm sure the agent will be back with another project.


Jul 18, 2010 10:44 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Judy,  thanks


Jul 18, 2010 04:43 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Shar, I feel for you.  The sellers ask us in for advice and then they don't follow it.  Maybe in a little you can call them and ask how it's doing.   Ask them before they consider a price reduction that they follow your advice.

Good Luck

Jul 18, 2010 04:45 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Donna,  Thank you.  I really had fun with this project.   I love working on estates that are tired and need a new lift.

The kitchen is cute.  I hope to find out if the buyers are going to live with it or demo it.

I debated with adding so many photos.Many my debate was do I do many posts with the one house OR do it all in one.

Jul 18, 2010 04:48 PM
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Yes-she will be calling you!! Fabulolus transformation, I felt like I was watching an HGTV show. Fun project Virginia, I love this kind of staging.

Jul 18, 2010 05:43 PM
Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

So glad to hear that it sold so quickly!

Jul 18, 2010 11:36 PM
C. Bartch
Newark, OH

Virginia, You did a spectacular job and congrats on the quick sale. I'm sure the REA will have you on speed dial!

Jul 19, 2010 01:48 AM
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Virginia, you made suggestions that made the difference in the number of days on market. You bet the agent will call you again. I bet the other owners on the street that saw the transformation will ask for you when they sell their home. They will remember that agent and ask for the home stager as well. This I know from experience. It is what they call a long tail and that is what will sustain your business in the years to come.

Jul 19, 2010 02:32 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Cathy, I sure hope so.  I love working on these transformation.   I'll also do 'regular' staging too.

Jul 19, 2010 05:18 AM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Marianne, we have done our best now I hope more jobs poor in.

Cynthia, I hope you are right and the realtor calls with more jobs.   We worked very hard on this project

Michelle, I think that I've 'sold' the man next door into staging.  He said that his house was on the market for 2 1/2 years.  It was VACANT

Jul 19, 2010 05:21 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Virginia- I loved that you showed what could be done with an otherwise outdated kitchen and for very little $$$.  It's hard for me to pick the biggest transformation in this house because each room you transformed was truly miraculous.

Jul 19, 2010 02:38 PM
Brenda Hughes
Evansville Home Staging & Re-Design - Evansville, IN
Home Staging & Re-Design Southern IN, KY

Super amazing transformation, you should have made a believer out of that Realtor for sure.  I am still working on the ones around me to convince them it is worth the investment.

Jul 20, 2010 04:07 PM
Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Kathy,  I really appreciate the comments from you.  We thought the transformations were really fun and great

Brenda,  Keep the faith.  I'm working on convincing one realtor at a time.  

Most of my work comes from outside sources.


Jul 21, 2010 06:37 PM
Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Wow Virginia! That's quite the retro kitchen and that underpadding! You did a great job and the Realtor would be nuts not to use you again ;).

Jul 22, 2010 09:19 AM
Tracy Stocker

Having worked for Virginia on a couple of her properties, I can personally attest to the amount of thought, integrity and hard work she puts into her client's homes. You just can't imagine what the home looks like "before" and the "after" leaves you wondering how she did it.

Great job Virginia and I like this site. Good to see how client's and other professionals view your work.




Aug 12, 2010 06:41 AM