The Do's and Dont's of Home Staging - SIF Week in Review Mar 2-8, 2008

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This week in SIF, we had a lot of posts that point to the do's and don'ts of real estate staging.  It also became quite apparent that not all things are black or white. Many things must be considered on a case by case basis.  This is where you show your true colors.



Home Stager: Craig  Schiller (Real Estaging) (REAL ESTAGING)

"OOPS" goes the Staging!  By Craig Schiller

Craig shows us a clear example of bad staging. If you do not read this post or watch the RES, the reaminder of this review will not make much sense to you.




Real Estate Agent: Susan Peters -  Seattle Realtor/Staging Specialist (Re/Max Mutual Realty)

 How do you dress a long, skinny living room?  by Susan Peters

 Do break up a space when it is oversized, but not at the expense of the flow and architectural features.



Home Stager: Melissa Marro (First Impressions)

1850s Downtown Home gets a new look and jumps into today! by Melissa Marro

Do use color to ACCENT a space, not overwhelm it.



 Home Stager: Gina McNew Host of Diva in the House- The Voice of Real Estate Staging Radio (diva la difference interiors)

tape measure...check, furniture movers...check, picture hangers...check, loin cloths....WHAT???  by Gina McNew

Do your best to detract from those things that may not be so favorable when they cannot be eliminated altogether.
See also:Staging can provide a welcome distraction from unsightly views by Melissa Marro.

Home Stager: Melissa Marro (First Impressions)

What do you do with 3 major focal points in the same room?  by Melissa Marro, AGAIN!!

Do work with your focal points - even if there is more than one!



 Home Stager: Fernando Rosado, ASP, IAHSP 561-906-0050 Eclectic Home Staging of the PalmBeaches (Eclectic Home Staging of the Palm Beaches)

How about a cute little Bistro in the Master Bedroom ? by Fernando Rosado

Do add a little luxury, but only if it makes sense!  If it feels contrived or awkward, lose it.



Home Stager: Elaine Manes IRIS ~ A Wonderful Space, LLC (A Wonderful Space, LLC)

A tiny job with BIG rewards!  (Members Only) by Elaine Manes

Do take every job seriously and do the best you can for your client no matter what they give you to work with.




Home Stager: Kathy Somers Stage it First Home Staging ~ Durham  (Stage it First)

Are you running your Home Staging Business "The correct way" ???  (Members Only) By Kathy Somers

Don't assume that your business practices apply across the board.  What works for you may not be the best solution for others.


Home Stager: Kimberly Wester - NW Indiana Stager (Details Staging and Redesign)

HEY!!! Who Put That Fork in My Road??! by Me.

Do what is best for your situation, no matter what the stager down the street may say.




Home Stager: Sheila Swanson (StageStruck)

What do I do now? BY Sheila Swanson

Don't give up!  Do ask for help, advice and encouragement when you need it!




Thanks to all who contributed to the industry in educating the public and your fellow stagers by posting this week!



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Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging
Wow, I guess I was on an inspirational ride this week?!?!  Thanks for the features!  I love the other blogs you highlighted also!  Your week at a glance are such great summaries of topical trends during the week!  Thanks!
Mar 09, 2008 11:06 AM #1
Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
Staging done ONLINE!
Thanks, Kimberley! I totally missed Melissa's trapezoid condo and Fernando's bistro set!!!
Mar 09, 2008 04:32 PM #2
Susan Peters
Dove Realty Inc. - Seattle, WA
The Better it Looks the Better it Sells


Thanks so much for featuring my blog. I know that I bookmark at least a half a dozen articles a week from SIF alone. Thanks again.  

Mar 09, 2008 05:08 PM #3
Lori Kim Polk
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services - Roseville, CA
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento
Kimberly!!! How about those of us that are slammed and can't get to the computer... better yet... are too tired to respond! I feel like I am running with the "Staging Flag" for all.  Love your blogs and love your week in review..... I am swamped and wish I could keep up, Calgon, please take me away!
Mar 09, 2008 05:55 PM #4
Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

The "season" is upon us.  So, thank you for the review as it's hard to keep up sometimes.  Great idea, whomever thought of it.

Mar 09, 2008 07:03 PM #5
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating
Kimberly ~ You put together another great review this week!  You and Yvonne are doing a great job with this.   You picked some interesting posts and some that really make you think.  Thanks!
Mar 09, 2008 11:24 PM #6
Bevin Googer
First Impressions Home Staging and Interior Redesign - Mount Pleasant, SC
Thanks for the review! I don't think I have read half of these, yet. I will get started now!
Mar 10, 2008 12:35 AM #7
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Melissa - You were on quite a roll this week!  I couldn't get Craig's post out of my head and so many blogs were popping up that directly countered the bad staging, I had to get them all in one place for te 'uneducated' to learn the difference between good and bad staging.  Thanks for showing so much good!

Elaine - You're welcome!

Susan -Like I said to Melissa, You showed the direct contrast to Craig's bad living room.  Great job!


Mar 10, 2008 12:53 AM #8
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Lori Kim - So glad to hear you are busy!  I hope the reviews help you keep up!

Terrylynn -It was Craig's idea, let him know you enjoy it!

Kathy - Thanks!  It really is simple with so much great stuff to work with.

Bevin - You are welcome!  Enjoy!

Mar 10, 2008 12:56 AM #9
Gina McNew
diva la difference interiors - Atlanta, GA
Host of Diva in the House - The Voice of Real Estate Staging Radio

Kimberly;  I'm running a bit behind as are a lot of people...gosh, remove one hour out of one day and what a mess it causes! Okay...that's my story and I'm sticking to it.  Anyway, wanted to thank you once again for the recap.  I saw that you mentioned it was Craig's idea...great idea Craig...and great job by you and Yvonne!  I look forward to the once a week wrap up to catch up on things I may have missed. 


Mar 10, 2008 02:36 AM #10
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Gina - Thank Heaven for Yvonne!  I don't think I could do this EVERY week!  I like having the break and then catching up on her revues.

Mar 10, 2008 02:49 AM #11
Fernando Rosado
West Palm Beach, FL
561-906-0050 or 561-840-8950
Kimberly Thanks for noticing me !! I love your week in review. Craig 's Video is a blast ...loved it!
Mar 10, 2008 08:59 AM #12
Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN
Fernando - I promise, I notice all of your blogs! :)
Mar 11, 2008 08:24 AM #13
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel
Thanks for the post. I will read the ones I missed.
Mar 13, 2008 01:32 AM #14
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