Home Staging...It’s Not Just for Selling Your Home!

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Home Staging...It’s Not Just for Selling Your Home!

Home Staging has grown incredibly since I began my work in home2007.  Most of my work then involved educating the public (agents as well as home sellers) as to what home staging is.
 

And, while Stagers continue to help sellers prepare their home for sale to maximize their investment in the property, there are other times when we are asked to help.

 

Helping a buyer decide if the home will work with what they have.

A few years ago a buyer’s agent asked me to help her out-of-town client who loved a home but wasn’t sure if her furniture and lifestyle would fit it.  I met the client at the listing (which I’d actually consulted on for the sellers...another story) and talked about her needs and her lifestyle.  I was able to show her quick and inexpensive updates she could make once she was settled and showed her where she could place her furniture.

The buyer made their decision and signed the contract that night.

 

Helping a temporary resident repurpose and reposition her furnishings in her new rental without breaking the budget.

I had the privilege of helping a busy single mom who had just moved into her rental home. She brought some of her furniture and furnishings but left a lot back in her home up north. Naturally, she didn’t want to buy items that would work only in her rental.

 

staging before and after- bathroom

 

Helping a client move into a new lifestyle.

Many of my clients are making the move from a lot of space to just enough. The dilemma becomes what to take, what will work and what to do with everything else.

 

Helping a homeowner fall back in love with their home.

Interior redesign is one of my favorite projects when working with clients.  I do my best to work with what the client has or wants to keep and give them a game plan for the future.

 

Helping a new homeowner decide where everything goes and show the other possibilities of their new home.

Some new homeowners will know exactly what to put where, and others just need a little help.

 

staging- before and after- dining room

 

So you see, Stagers aren’t just for home sellers.  Give me a call, whether you’re selling your home or just want to fall back in love with it.

 

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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
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There are certainly days I wish somebody would come over to my house and stage it, but then the cats would promptly destroy it.

Apr 27, 2017 08:40 AM #16
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Kathy Streib
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Barbara Todaro Larry has been known to come home to a "new" room because I tend to move things around.  It's fun!

HI Donald Urschalitz it can't hurt! Can it!

Nina Hollander I love working with homeowners when they prepare to move into a different lifestyle. 

Apr 27, 2017 09:22 AM #17
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kathy,

What a wonderful post, and that is another advangtage of staging.  Every so often we change our environment.  A

Apr 27, 2017 10:57 AM #18
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Dick Greenberg
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Hi Kathy - You're right - your talents and skills have a wide range of usage. When Mary was staging, she had several clients who just wanted her to help with furniture selection or arrangement, and she did a fair amount of color consulting. She always had a lot of fun with those - no pressure, no nervous clients and no hovering agents.

Apr 27, 2017 11:53 AM #19
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Kathy love this post!  There are so many reasons to re-stage ones home. I for one do it a lot simply because I enjoy doing so. My good friend (and stager) stayed with us last weekend and of course we had to 'play house'!!  It's in our blood one might say!!

Apr 27, 2017 01:07 PM #20
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Sharon Tara
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I do enjoy helping people who are not selling, but most people don't realize it's two different sides of the same coin. It's much easier when it's for sellers because you don't have to worry about their personal style or taste. Much easier to appeal to the masses. LOL

Apr 27, 2017 01:55 PM #21
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James Dray Come on, turn on that Southern charm.

Ginny Gorman Thank you!  I really enjoy working with homeowners to try to save them money. 

Joe Pryor And it doesn't mean breaking the bank to do it!

Apr 27, 2017 04:12 PM #22
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LOL Wayne Martin Sharon Tara and I have had sellers who said much the same after we staged their home.  They often ask why they didn't think of doing that before they decided to sell. 

Dorie Dillard that was very smart use of the stager!  We often can suggest inexpensive things a new homeowner can do to update their home. 

Apr 27, 2017 04:14 PM #23
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Michael Jacobs I love what you said "stage your home for happy living."

Hi Nathan Gesner and I thank you for that!!!

Thank you Kristin Johnston - REALTOR® 

Beth Atalay I appreciate that!!!  This is a wonderful community for sharing. 

Apr 27, 2017 04:17 PM #24
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Brian England exactly.  One agent's client was getting on a plane that very night.  The client really loved the home and the location but was concerned that her furniture wouldn't work. 

My whole intent Scott Godzyk Thank you!

Apr 27, 2017 04:19 PM #25
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I agree Mark Loewenberg  it was a tough sell back in 2008 though. 

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents LOL hey, cats rule the roost!  What they say goes!  (dogs too!)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel That happened recently.  I walked by my sofa table a few months ago and decided almost everything had to go.  

Apr 27, 2017 04:22 PM #26
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LOL Dick Greenberg Mary and I must have been cut from the same cloth.  I love doing that much more than vacant staging. 

Anna Banana Kruchten, CRS I think I got it from my uncle who was an architect.  Growing up I would build a house with books and whatever I had.

Apr 27, 2017 04:26 PM #27
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Sharon Tara you're so funny, but you're right, it can be easier when working with sellers and not being concerned about personal tastes. 

Apr 27, 2017 04:27 PM #28
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Talk about repurposing.  Very good suggestions on why to use a home stager.  Sometimes a new perspective on the same old things brings new life and interest. 

Apr 27, 2017 04:36 PM #29
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Joanna Cohlan
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BINGO!!! You are so right - staging has so many benefits-using what you have in some other way can completely refresh a space.

Apr 27, 2017 04:52 PM #30
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Good Evening Kathy - I have gotten many ideas from you and Sharon Tara .  Staging is for any time you want to refresh.

Apr 27, 2017 05:59 PM #31
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You are very versatile Kathy, I am sure i could use some of your advice in my home too.

Apr 27, 2017 06:31 PM #32
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Lou Ludwig
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Kathy

Your insight on home staging are right on point.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 27, 2017 07:07 PM #33
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Fall back in love with their home...perfect example of why a stager may be right for you!

Apr 28, 2017 03:28 AM #34
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"Helping a homeowner fall back in love with their home. "

Sometimes I think we grow numb or blind to the wonderful things around us each and every day. Helping homeowners find the potential and beauty that may be hidden in their home sounds so cool, Kathy Streib and rewarding ... the satisfaction you must feel when this happens must be amazing and special.

 

Gene

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