Have You Ever Tried Living on a Stage?

Reblogger Sharon Tara
Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

Home Stagers and Realtors preach the importance of preparing houses for sale, but what happens when they become the one doing the selling?  Chris Canfield is an agent who recently listed his own house for sale and he knows his best chance of getting an offer is having his house picture perfect at all times.

Original content by Chris Canfield SA678905000

Have You Ever Tried Living on a Stage?

255 Nob Hill Road, Cheshire, CT 06410I am one of those REALTORS who has moved before.  Actually, during my corporate years, my wife and I sold our homes seven different times.  We have seen the evolution.  Yes, our house was always freshly painted--my wife used to joke that as soon as she put down the paintbrush from the last project we wanted to do after moving in, I would get the call that it was time for us to move again.  Yes, our house was always picked up and tidy--even with very young children--but "decluttering" and packing up 3/4 of your belongings was not part of the process back then. 

255 Nob Hill Road, Cheshire, CT 06410The last time we sold our own home was in 2001.  We installed new handles on our "pickled" cabinets and put in a new kitchen faucet.  Done!  Of course it didn't hurt that we lived in Sarasota, Florida, where the market was then booming and we had a pool with spa and lived on a large lake.  When the REALTOR told us what we should list for, my wife said "Yes, but we want to sell."  But even though we thought the price was high, the house sold in four days.

Last week we put our 5 bedroom 4.5 bath home on the market.  With the children grown and one finished with graduate school and the other entering the final year of undergraduate, two people just don't need this kind of space.  What did we do to prepare?  Well, it took about six months of packing, painting, and preparation--you know, 1.5 days in HGTV time.  The house is ready to show.

255 Nob Hill Road, Cheshire, CT 06410Now every morning we get up and walk out of each room backwards, making sure that everything is in place.  Each time there is a showing, it looks like there is a new airport runway in Connecticut with all the lights that are turned on.  We empty the trash, change any used towel, and make sure the kitchen is spotless. We are fortunate that we do not have young children living in the house during this process.

"Have you ever tried living in a staged home?"  Yes folks, I have; and I understand how hard it is to make your home show-ready these days.  With the on-the-go lifestyles we all live, it is tough to get the call asking for a showing in one hour.  But the market is pretty brisk right now, so we all have to be ready to show when a buyer wants to see our home.

255 Nob Hill Road, Cheshire, CT 06410

Chris K. Canfield

REALTOR®, ABR, CRS, e-PRO, GREEN, SRES

 Calcagni Associates Real Estate

AnyHomes.com

 Serving All of Central Connecticut

 

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Rainmaker
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Chris Canfield
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Tucson, AZ
Homes for Sale in Oro Valley and Tucson, Arizona

Hi Sharon - Thanks for the reblog!  It is really an eye opener to live in the type of home you are expected to present to the buyers of today.  But it sure makes for great feedback!  Now if a few buyers could just get their existing home sold . . .

Apr 28, 2011 09:11 AM #1
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Jill Kipnis
Move, Inc. - Westlake Village, CA

Chris, thanks for sharing these insights. One thing that folks might not think about when staging a home for sale is what's on the ceiling, all the light fixtures, fans, etc: http://www.realtor.com/blogs/2011/03/15/home-staging-tip-look-up/

Apr 28, 2011 09:13 AM #2
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Kathy Streib
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Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon, thanks for the reblog.  I'll head over to his post. 

Apr 28, 2011 10:03 AM #3
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Sharon,

Thanks for the reblog, we lived in our own staged house.  It is so tough in so many ways, as we worked from home also.  Thanks A

Apr 28, 2011 10:12 AM #4
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

I'm heading over to his post Sharon.  Thanks for bringing this to our attention.  I actually wanted to address this very issue (getting ready to sell my own home,.. in a year).

Apr 28, 2011 10:19 AM #5
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Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Sharon, thanx for re-blogging! It's a great post!

Apr 28, 2011 12:38 PM #6
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Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Sharon, I try to keep my house ready for visiters any time of the day! My only downfall is the papers on the counter of To Do's for the day...and I have an empty drawer I put them in at a moments notice!

Apr 28, 2011 12:52 PM #7
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Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

...I'd have to draw the curtains!  Thanks Sharon!

Apr 28, 2011 02:14 PM #8
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
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No one lives staged LOL and that's why everyone hopes to sell quickly. cute post.

Apr 29, 2011 04:22 AM #9
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Chris:  It only makes you a more sympathetic listing agent!  I'm sure sellers feel better knowing that you have first hand experience living in a listed house.

Jill:  Updating light fixtures is something I recommend on a regular basis.

Kathy:  I wanted the Stage It Forward group to see it, so I shared it.

Alexandra:  I've also been there....it's not easy.  It's best to make the time on the market as short as possible and proper preparation will do that.

 

Apr 29, 2011 11:30 AM #11
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Laura:  We are doing some improvements this summer in anticipation of listing too.  I'm sure many posts will come from the experience, mine and yours!

Peg:  I agree, it is a great post!

Ellen:  You have an empty drawer?  I'm so jealous!

Julia:  Nope, no can do!  You would do what you had to do and you would somehow survive it, LOL!

Janice:  The shorter time living in fantasy land, the better!

Valerie:  It's an experience every stager and agent should have under their belt!

Apr 29, 2011 11:34 AM #12
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Laura S. Baker
First Weber Inc - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc

No Doubt!  LOL

Apr 29, 2011 02:59 PM #13
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Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Sharon, great post to reblog. I wrote ones that preparing your house for sale is a part time job, but living in the house that is for sale is a full time job with overtimes.

May 01, 2011 10:57 AM #14
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Anna:  I love that line!  Perfect!

May 01, 2011 01:32 PM #15
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