I bumped into the buyer the day I removed my staging furnishings--he shook my hand and said that staging the home made ALL the difference!

Home Stager with HouseSetters Home Staging Services

As a home stager, I work with agents and sellers and never meet the buyers. Well, last week changed that! I pulled up to my 1800's staged house in New Paltz NY with my movers to remove the furniture and there was a towering white-haired gentleman on the front porch! He shook my hand and introduced himself as the new owner. He already knew I was the stager as his broker had told him to expect me. He was very enthusiastic about the look of the house he had just bought and said, "the staging was just right". He went on to say that he liked that I had used "livable furniture" and that the house looked very comfortable. This was important to him because although he loved the idea of owning a house with history, he was a big guy and would not have felt that the house was right for him with a bunch of formal period furniture.1800s house with neutral furniture

I have staged many period houses in Ulster and Dutchess counties in New York.  From the beginning of when I relocated my business from New York City to Upstate NY, I decided to build a furniture inventory that was neutral enough to look good in any house. Of course, I enjoy adding accessories that honor the house--antiques and rocking chairs for my period stagings and modern art and decor for my contemporary ones-- but the furniture is interchangeable.

The most important thing to remember when putting your house on the market, is that your house look well-cared for and cozy. People want to be able to imagine kicking back on the sofa to read the paper or perhaps watch the game. Very few people can imagine casual living in a house that looks like a museum. So, if you are serious about selling, then pack away most of your antiques. By creating a relaxed and spacious environment your house will be more appealing and hopefully, like this New Paltz house,  find a buyer this selling season!

Linda Esposito, Professional Stager

HouseSetters Home Staging Services

Ulster, Dutchess, Greene and Columbia counties New York

Comments (7)

Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Linda,

Isn't it wonderful when we get that unexpected compliment.  Pat yourself on the back for a job well done.  Enjoy your Sunday!

Aug 28, 2011 04:03 AM
Linda Esposito
HouseSetters Home Staging Services - Rhinebeck, NY
NY Expert Home Stager, New York Home Stager Blog and Instructor

Hi Lisa--I never get to meet the buyers so it was a real treat. And, to hear that my staging made all the difference--a double treat. Thanks so much and enjoy the day!

Aug 28, 2011 04:09 AM
Stephen Proski
Real Estate Kailua Kona, Hawaii - Kailua-Kona, HI
Kailua Kona Homes For Sale

Linda it is always rewarding and encouraging when you meet a client and they give you an unsolicated compliment.  When that occurs it reinforces the reason why we do our jobs......to help other people!

Aug 28, 2011 05:32 AM
Al Raymondi
Ocean View Realty Group in Ormond By The Sea Florida - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida - Home and Condo Sales

Congratulations Linda, that compliment from the buyer must have made your day.

Aug 29, 2011 02:24 AM
Linda Esposito
HouseSetters Home Staging Services - Rhinebeck, NY
NY Expert Home Stager, New York Home Stager Blog and Instructor

Thanks Stephen! As I said, I always remove my furnishings before the closing so I never meet the new owner. It was a treat and a double treat to hear that staging made such a difference! Enjoy the day--Linda

Aug 29, 2011 03:36 AM
Linda Esposito
HouseSetters Home Staging Services - Rhinebeck, NY
NY Expert Home Stager, New York Home Stager Blog and Instructor

Thanks, Al. It really did. And then later I heard that another one of my homes was in contract so it was a REALLY good day. After all, it's not just about making the house attractive, it's about selling it! Enjoy the day, Linda

Aug 29, 2011 03:37 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

And yet staging is still a difficult sell, as are pre-listing home inspections, yet we continue to hear nothing but positives. Never heard a client say that he would have bought the home if only it hadn't been staged, or if only there had not been a pre-listing inspection.................

Happy Friday!

Sep 23, 2011 04:46 AM