That Controlled Panic Stage. Staging in Burlington

Home Stager

Often, my clients are nervous about having a stranger come and assess their home. They worry that their home is not clean enough, needs work, is too cluttered etc. 

I try to reassure them that I see all my clients at the same stage of the selling process. I call it the

ControlledPanic stage. They have decided to sell and are just realizing the amount of work involved. 

I have no set expectations. I prefer to see the home before any work is done. This allows me to see everything I have to work with. I like to use the clients possessions but in a Selling way. If my client has removed their 'clutter', I may miss out on a great piece for staging. 


It is my job to create a plan that highlights the features of the home.

The proper placement of furniture creates a comfortable traffic flow.

Tidying the storage areas without stripping them shows off the storage.

Opening/removing window treatments brings in the natural light buyers want. Updating can create a greater sense of value. 


Hopefully when I leave my clients feel calmer. They have a plan to work from.



They just have to look at their budget and get started. 


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Retired Home Stager










Comments (5)

Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

I love the phrase "controlled panic stage."   Making sure our clients are calm and not in panic mode is one of our most important jobs.

Mar 05, 2017 02:29 PM
Janice Ankrett

Yes it is Susan Haughton . Reassuring and supporting our clients is a big part of the job.

Mar 05, 2017 03:04 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Controlled panic is a great way to describe it. I see it all the time. And, YES, a staging consult will calm the waters. It's stress reducing to say the least, to have a stager provide you with a detailed plan of action!

Mar 08, 2017 12:26 PM
Janice Ankrett

Glad you like the term Sharon Tara . They have a whole new perspective when we are finished.

Mar 08, 2017 02:31 PM
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

Love the term, "controlled panic" Janice - as we see this all the time! It is a smart investment to give you a call before they list their home!

Mar 12, 2017 07:40 AM
Janice Ankrett

As you know Kristine Ginsberg , you can see it in their faces when you arrive ;).

Mar 13, 2017 05:59 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Janice- what a good term- controlled panic!  And, I'm sure that this is what every seller feels when they realize the For Sale sign is going up soon.  Having and experienced stager such as yourself can help calm their nerves. 

Mar 29, 2017 05:49 PM
Janice Ankrett

Thanks Kathy Streib ! Clients feel so much better when they have a clear plan of 'attack'.

Mar 30, 2017 06:44 AM
Michael Anderson
Anderson Real Estate Investments, LLC - Nashville, TN
Real Estate

Staging is a crucial parts of out business when we buy houses in fort mill sc we always make sure to rehab them properly and stage them well. You are leaving money on the table if you dont stage them.

Mar 02, 2018 08:23 PM