Throwback Thursday…My UPS Man Likes It

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Throwback Thursday…My UPS Man Likes It

One of my favorite staging consultations was with a seller who was every stager’s dream. When I walked in, he told me to tell him what he needed to do. 


He was eager to sell and open to suggestions. 



Only one thing…he’d just repainted his home and was not eager to paint again. I didn’t often ask sellers to repaint unless necessary. In 2008, money was an issue for many, however, my client had a bright chartreuse family room wall, next to a royal blue dining area, and bright yellow kitchen area. 



The two secondary bathrooms were in navy blue and deep red. 


When I mentioned painting the walls, his reply was…

“But my UPS man loves it!!!”


He’s still a favorite client of mine and the house did end up selling in a timely manner!!! 


 There are no absolutes when selling a house, are there!

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Comments (32)

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I just have one question....why does the UPS man know what color the bathrooms are? hmmmmmm

Jan 20, 2022 09:42 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy Streib - I married a UPS man!  We collaborate on all things real estate.  

I do wonder as Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty puts it...why does the UPS man know what color the bathrooms are?

Jan 20, 2022 11:24 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Never an absolute in my practice of real estate Kathy. I hope you are having an awesome Thursday 🙂

Jan 20, 2022 11:58 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Nina Hollander, Broker other than death and taxes, right!

Kat Palmiotti actually, the seller and I had a good laugh about that. 

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog I wish the same to you. Some day I'm going to have those Tuesday tacos. 

Jan 20, 2022 01:40 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD I hope you didn't have those colors. He did make a cup of Espresso for complaints there. 

Grant Schneider I agree. It was clean and had been maintained. 

Jan 20, 2022 01:42 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Surprise! Michael Jacobs brown ....I never wear it because I look I'm delivering something 

Roy Kelley stay warm, you and Chef Dolores!  We're getting some bad weather tonight. 

Jan 20, 2022 01:43 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy all I can say about your clients taste in colors is ...... WOW!

Not for me, but to each his own.  😜

Jan 20, 2022 01:46 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Carol Williams now that would have been funny. !

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets nope!!!!   THe space was great and had a small pool in back. 

Jan 20, 2022 02:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 oh yes. I was consulting on a beautiful condo one time and had to "compete" with the painter. 

I agree Ron and Alexandra Seigel  This seller, though, was one of my favorites. 

Jan 20, 2022 02:39 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Kathy Streib I have always loved quirky people.  A

Jan 20, 2022 02:45 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Sharon Tara I ended up toning down the bathrooms with nice big white towels. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty LOL- don't know that he did, but he did love that chartreuse!!!!

Jan 20, 2022 02:40 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  you know, I can still hear the UPS truck when it comes down the street!!!   I'm not sure he saw the bathroom colors but he loved the chartreuse. 

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I am having a warm Thursday staying in. It's brisk and getting colder!!!! Hope all is well with you. 

Jan 20, 2022 02:44 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

well I guess we better starting asking our UPS guy!    There is a home on the market with pretty wild colors for most and unfortunately it's still on the market 3 or 4 months later - which is odd for our market.  They also came down in price quite a bit the last time I checked. 

Jan 20, 2022 03:50 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Kathy, you are right, back in 2008, everything made a difference, today, no worries about all that color, the buyer can paint just to win the bid!  

Jan 20, 2022 04:58 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy:

I wasn't sure what to expect when I read the title, but that's a great line.

I remember when we were house-hunting in MN and saw a house where EVERY room was a different bright color and many of the rooms had bright (e.g., orange, red, purple) shag carpet but not to match the paint. Truly eye-popping! We didn't buy it.

Jan 20, 2022 05:47 PM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

That house would make my eyes hurt, but ... to each his own!


Jan 20, 2022 08:00 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy Streib  did the UPS guy buy it??? Just wanting to know and since Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  husband was a UPS guy she would get a good laugh out of this story:))Endre

Jan 20, 2022 10:16 PM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

something old is something new again...those colors might be the bomb today....then again I shouldn't have used that word in this day and age ahahahahah

Jan 20, 2022 10:25 PM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I listed a home once that had a different colored accent wall in every room.  I thought it would be a problem but we had multiple offers and the buyers that bought the home said they bought it because they really liked the accent walls.

Jan 21, 2022 04:33 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I like that quote about absolutes, Kathy.  It reminds me of one I often used in the past, "There are no absolutes, only endless probabilities and possibilities."

Jan 21, 2022 07:10 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I am still stuck on the question: How did the UPS guy know? That's the mystery!

Jan 21, 2022 12:26 PM