Reduce The Stress of Selling Your House By Preparing It Sooner

Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

It's a wonderful thing when a seller is serious about preparing their house for sale and is willing to do what it takes to make it shine. I recently did a Home Staging Consult for one very smart homeowner.



Even though they don't plan to list until spring, she wanted me to create a to-do list for her so they would have more than enough time to make the necessary improvements.

More time invested now means less work after the sale, and less stress overall!

The house is huge and the style and paint colors have not been updated in a very long time.


There is far too much furniture and stuff  that would distract potential buyers from seeing the gorgeous architectural features throughout.

It's a beautiful home, but it's potential would be missed if it went on the market without proper preparation.

My client understands this and took extensive notes and was open to all of my suggestions.

She called me this week with a few questions and to update me on her progress.

She met with a painter for pricing and has ordered slipcovers for some of the furniture.

She has started prepacking and boxing up the stuff that needs to go.

She made some of the furniture placement changes I suggested.

She was happy to report that her cleaning lady noticed and approved of the changes so far.

She is a DREAM client....willing, able, and excited about the process!

I look forward to meeting with her again, once her "homework" is done, to complete the transformation. 


You can reduce the stress of selling your house by giving yourself plenty of time to properly prepare it for sale.


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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You are welcome Sharon Tara , all of your posts are worthy of sharing in my mind!

Dec 14, 2015 03:17 AM #15
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Sharon, she's a dream seller! Better they prepare the home for sale, faster they will be out of it!

Dec 14, 2015 03:44 AM #16
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love dream clients...they make life wonderful and easy to live with...In the long run they are the winners.  A

Dec 14, 2015 07:20 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Sharon- two words... Clone her!  She sounds like a very smart seller who knows that she has to do what she can to enhance her property.  Hope you get back in for some "after" photos. 

Dec 14, 2015 09:17 AM #18
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Great thoughts Sharon. Preparation is everything.

Dec 14, 2015 12:10 PM #19
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

It's the rarest of occassions that people do anything before being ready to list. I would LOVE sellers who got prepared.

Dec 14, 2015 02:04 PM #20
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Sharon.  We all dream about clients like that.  They just don't see what we or the buyers see.  

Dec 14, 2015 07:20 PM #21
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

My Mom used to have an embroidered sampler in the kitchen "The urrier I go, the Behinder I get" lots of truth to that and advance planning avoids it !

Dec 14, 2015 08:24 PM #22
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Paul S. Henderson, Realtor, Broker, Tacoma Washington  Sometimes it's just the term "staging" that gets a negative response because people associate it with expense.  "Staging" is simply preparing. Much of what I suggest be done at a staging consult doesn't cost anything at all. Cleaning, removing excess stuff, reorganizing, repositioning and repurposing.

A Home Staging Consult averages $150 - $200 dollars. It provides information that is priceless and can mean the difference between selling and sitting on the market! It's more expensive NOT to meet with a stager!


Dec 15, 2015 12:00 AM #23
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Beth Atalay  Exactly! And less monthly expenses they will have!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel   It makes our jobs easier but they are the ones who stand the most to gain!

Kathy Streib  The plan is for me to go back for one more run at it after she is done with my list. Fingers crossed. As you know, it doesn't always happen.


Dec 15, 2015 12:03 AM #24
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Noah Seidenberg   Otherwise you are setting yourself up for failure!

Tammy Lankford  I wish I had many more clients like this one!

James Dray  Imagine how much easier it would be to sell a listing with this kind of preparation!

Sally K. & David L. Hanson  My grandmother had one too!  It's so true!

Dec 15, 2015 12:05 AM #25
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a good story to share with prospective home sellers. It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare for a home sale and move.

Dec 15, 2015 02:57 AM #26
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Roy Kelley Thank you!  It takes time and those who wait until last minute will regret it!

Dec 15, 2015 09:55 AM #27
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Sharon -- a dream client indeed!   Hope you get dozens more like her in 2016 and beyond.

Dec 16, 2015 07:04 AM #28
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Michael Jacobs  And THAT my dear Michael shall be my new Christmas wish!

Dec 16, 2015 08:51 AM #29
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Oh that is a real estate agent's perfect seller. All that cooperation indicates a ready, willing and able to sell seller.

Dec 16, 2015 10:21 AM #30
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Sounds like a dream client, getting professional advice well in advance.  Thanks for the post, Sharon.

Dec 17, 2015 08:24 AM #31
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Great post Sharon ... I totally agree with you and great job ;o)

Dec 17, 2015 11:13 AM #32
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Sharon - Wow, sounds like a dream client for sure. I am sure that most don't even contact you until they are ready to list their home. With this client, I am sure their home will be more than ready to hit the market come springtime.

Dec 17, 2015 04:07 PM #33
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Debbie Reynolds  I think she is going to be wonderful to work with for whichever agent she chooses.

Carol Williams  It's great when sellers take the preparation of their home seriously like this.

Robert (Alaska Bob) Swetz  Thank you!

Troy Erickson  It's always fun when you get the "we are listing in two days and need the house staged" or "how soon are you available, the photographer is coming tomorrow".


Dec 17, 2015 11:39 PM #34
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