Less Me and More WE...

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Home Stager with Prep This House Interiors Inc.

 Recently one of my local Realtors who appreciates the benefits that Home Staging has in preparing her listings for sale, approached me with a challenge.  She had a client that desperately needed to sell their property due to ill health,  Since funds were extremely limited even buy day to day necessities, there was obviously no money to pay for the services of a Home Stager

Little did I know how this all woiuld turn out!!

I met with the agent and homeowner anyway to view the property, only to discover that the situation was alot more dire, the homeowners were in danger of actually losing the home, so it NEEDED TO SELL! 

As i began to walk around the property and view what changes were required, I realized that I could not do this task alone.  This home had 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a suite in the basement and a almost monumental amount of clutter in each and every room.  I truly felt overwhelmed! 

Then I had an inspiration or brain hiccup, not sure what to call what I did next, because I surprised the heck out of myself!  I pulled the agent aside and told her that given the  financial circumstances of the family and the amount of business she had done with us,  I would donate my time to stage the property. However  I could not do this alone, so I would have to put out feelers and see if I could get anyone else on board to help out.

I got back to the office that afternoon and sent an email blast out to every local stager I could think of regardless of training or certification and gently summarized the situation. Asking if anyone would be interested in giving back to a couple who so desperately needed their property staged!  I prepared the Real Estate Agent as well, letting her know that I was really not sure what if any response I would get.

Now this is the best part!!  In response to the email that I sent out I had 6 women that were willing to donate their time to help stage this home.  One stager was going to drive 2 hours each way just to come and help. One actually did drive an hour each way. Everyone came with tool kits and lunches prepared to give their very best to make this home look SHOW STOPPING!

It is truly amazing what empowered and inspired stagers can do! Never before have I worked with such a talented group of ladies!  Even the REA got in on the action and helped as well.  She was truly amazed at how well a group of women could work together! 

It actually amazed me!  We started at 9:00 am and were completely finished the whole property by 1:30.  Dont you just love TEAMWORK!  A BIG HUGE THANK YOU to a group of amazingly talented women, who LOVE what they do.  Without you this project would not have been the success it was!

Here are a couple of after shots...I forgot can you believe it to take before shots... we were all so anxious to get started!  I will keep you posted on what happens!

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Kym Tarr
Prep This House Interiors Inc. - Kelowna, BC
Its all in the details!

The sunflowers were fresh from the clients garden!  They were a great source of inspiration for the space!

Aug 03, 2010 06:22 PM #3
Rainer
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Carla Dimond
CATARRA - Mountain View, CA
(Silicon Valley)

Kym, great story, I am helping a seller stage right now and using my stuff, my friends stuff so that we can do it on the cheap, but this is a great community coming together story

Aug 03, 2010 06:49 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

This is what we call "Heart Staging" when we do it here in my area. I am sure it will sell quickly-it looks so fresh and clean. Great job and so great of all of you to give back.   

Aug 03, 2010 07:18 PM #5
Rainmaker
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Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

What a nice story, Kym. 

Aug 03, 2010 10:21 PM #6
Rainmaker
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

This really is inspirational, Kym.  I believe many of us are willing to do the same.  Julie

Aug 04, 2010 01:24 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Wanda Richards
Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions - Roanoke, VA
Shows Great Home Staging

Kym - what a great story and yes, someone said it before me...it will all come back to you many times over.  Great job!

Aug 04, 2010 01:39 AM #8
Rainmaker
140,814
Beth Lester
Beth Lester Designs - Torrance, CA
Home Staging & Interior Decorating

I'll bet you ladies had a blast doing that job together as well.  It really is fun to serve. 

Aug 04, 2010 05:07 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

What a great story, giving back is one of the best things that anyone can do..

Aug 04, 2010 05:24 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Mary Lou Teague
HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC - Knoxville, TN
Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN

  THANKS SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR STORY ON "STAGING STORIES" YOU HAVE BEEN HIGHLIGHTED...Mary Lou Teague

Aug 04, 2010 05:26 AM #11
Rainer
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Don Miller
TheDonMillerGroup@Century 21 Executives Realty - Vernon, BC
Your Real Estate Consultant For Life!

What an inspiring story and all done here in the Okanagan!  Well Done to you and the ladies who assisted you in your efforts to give back!  I wish the clients all the success in a quick sale for a great price!

Aug 04, 2010 06:03 AM #12
Rainer
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Cindy Garruba
North Fork Home Staged to Sell - Riverhead, NY

What a wonderful story and a great job by all those who helped.  I am hoping for a quick sale for this family.

Aug 04, 2010 05:54 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Tessa Skeens
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign - Grand Junction, CO
Staging For Realtors, Builders & Investors

I just goes to show that all it takes sometimes is to ask... for help. We are here to serve our clients and what better way than to put their needs first! Thank you for sharing. Let's hope for a quick sale!

Aug 05, 2010 05:32 AM #14
Rainer
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Julie Davis, Amy Blank - Rediscovered Interiors, LLC
Rediscovered Interiors, LLC - Andover, MN

It's great to hear stories about giving back.....it will come back to you!  Thanks for sharing!

Julie

Aug 05, 2010 06:31 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

This is a great story and I am not surprized you had lots of help. Most everyone knows someone that has gone through tough times with an illness. Glad this all turned out well for everyone involved.

Aug 05, 2010 08:45 AM #16
Rainmaker
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

Kym, what a wonderful story!  And God bless you for your part in putting it all together and seeing it through.  The house looks great!  Keep us posted.

Aug 05, 2010 12:53 PM #17
Rainer
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Donna Ross
Room Remedy Interiors, Sydney, Australia - Salton City, CA
Home Decorating, House Staging, Sydney

Excellent Karma Kym. Well done to you and your fabulous team. Whatever the eventual sale price the sellers can be sure that the staging team have added an extra few percent to it.

Well done!

Aug 06, 2010 01:45 PM #18
Rainmaker
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Kym Tarr
Prep This House Interiors Inc. - Kelowna, BC
Its all in the details!

Thanks everyone for your comments.. I will be checking with the REA next week for an update on the property.  Lets keep our fingers crossed!

Aug 06, 2010 05:41 PM #19
Rainmaker
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Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento

What a wonderful story Kym. I have always found situations such as this very heartwarming. It is more about the "we". Thank you for putting a smile on my face this morning ;)

Aug 07, 2010 04:22 AM #20
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Maria Tobin
Staged For Success - Huntersville, NC
ASP, IAHSP

Kym - Thanks for such a great story.  The importance of giving back can never be emphasized enough.  Kudos to all of the stagers who helped with the project.

Aug 18, 2010 11:55 PM #21
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Kym Tarr
Prep This House Interiors Inc. - Kelowna, BC
Its all in the details!

UPDATE:

Was told by the Realtor last month that this house SOLD for only 4,000 under asking!  Thanks again to all that helped out!  THANK YOU!!!

Nov 01, 2010 05:58 PM #23
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