Home Staging Dos and Don'ts - AOL Real Estate Article features Home Star Staging

Home Stager with Home Star Staging

I was contacted recently by a reporter for AOL Real Estate online and she neededWoman taking notes some questions answered regarding home staging. I am ALWAYS happy to oblige a reporter who needs assistance when it comes to home staging information as not only will it help them but our staging industry (and my business) as well. 

One thing I've learned about working with the media is that time is of the essence. 

So if you are contacted make sure you can respond in a timely manner and if not, let them know you'll help them find someone who can help them if not you.  Not only will this be a great way to connect with the reporter, it will also show your commitment to being a trusted resource for them as well as an expert in your field.

What you write and say IS being read and heard! Saying it consistently with passion and purpose is key.

Here's the latest AOL Real Estate Article which features Home Star Staging:

 Home Staging Dos and Don'ts!

Here's just a small a sample from the article of the Dos and Don'ts to get you started:

Home Staging "Dos"

1. Clean, clean, clean!

2. Focus on curb appeal. Clear the outside of the house, especially the front yard and front entrance.

Home Staging "Don'ts"

1. Don't do nothing!

2. Don't assume potential buyers will be able to look past your clutter and sloppiness.


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Cynthia Bartch
Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio - Granville, OH
Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal

That is awesome Karen, nice to have a seasoned and respected stager to spread the word! The opening words in the article says it all "It's not easy to look at your own home with fresh eyes"

Mar 21, 2011 03:08 AM #3
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

This is a great article and it is SO cool that they contacted you.

Mar 21, 2011 04:36 AM #4
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co. - Frisco, TX
Real Estate Agents

They couldn't have asked a better industry expert. Please remember to link the article.

Mar 21, 2011 06:03 AM #5
Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Great article and congratulations on your latest press coverage Karen!

Mar 21, 2011 06:13 AM #6
David Ames
Zephyr Real Estate, San Francisco - San Francisco, CA
San Francisco

Wow...nice piece, Karen!  Congrats on the interview and publishing.  Woot woot!

Mar 21, 2011 08:23 AM #7
Elizabeth DeMarco
First Impressions by Elizabeth - Lansdale, PA

Congrats on the recognition! Great tips. I agree with David... wOOt wOOt!

Mar 21, 2011 10:54 AM #8
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Thank you Connie! Hope you're having an awesome Monday!

It was an honor Sharon, thanks!

I'd even say that about my own home Cynthia, it's not easy to be objective when we live there day after day. Thanks for your kind words!

Thank you Anna, very cool!

Hi Loreena, the link is in the article -I probably should write out the whole title. Thank you!

Thank you Charlene, I often think of you and your PR through Realtor magazine & how great that is!

Thank you kindly David!

Thank you so much Elizabeth!

Mar 21, 2011 11:06 AM #9
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Karen--Congratulations.  The article is fantastic and its great to have you speaking on our behalf to the world. 

Mar 21, 2011 01:49 PM #10
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Hi Janet, thank you for reading it! I'm happy to share our message!

Mar 21, 2011 02:02 PM #11
Ann Hayden
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties-St. Louis Missouri - Chesterfield, MO


CLEAN, CLEAN and CLEAN!  Nothing shows better than a clean house!

Ann Hayden in Wildwood, MO

Mar 21, 2011 03:52 PM #12
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Amen Ann!

Mar 22, 2011 03:10 AM #13
Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Congratulations Karen! having seen your consistently good work here on AR they asked the right person about home staging tips.  as you say, cleaning is always the starting point!

Mar 23, 2011 01:10 AM #14
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Thank you so much Michelle, your kind words mean so very much!

Mar 23, 2011 01:12 PM #15
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"

Karen ~ Congratulations on your excellent interview!  You represent all professional home stagers in a way that makes us very proud  :-)   You are so right too that time is important when anyone from the media contacts you.

Mar 23, 2011 05:01 PM #16
Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

Congratulations Karen!  excellent response and article.  AND ALWAYS good for the industry!

Mar 24, 2011 01:20 AM #17
Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Karen: I saw this article and thought it was terrific. I was very excited to see you quoted. Congrats!

Mar 24, 2011 06:09 AM #18
Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Thank you so much Maureen, I hope you've connected with Karen Eubank here as well, she is not only a home stager but a writer too & she wanted to ask you something re: photos.

Thanks much Karen D.!

Thank you MM! It makes me happy to know you were excited =)

Mar 24, 2011 08:24 AM #19
Sandi Gerrard
Toronto, ON

Good article and great exposure for you.

Mar 25, 2011 11:34 PM #20
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

Yahoo and congratulations Karen!! Fabulous article and great exposure for you and your company!

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