February Challenge 2022…And One Thing Led to Another…Post 2
There are people who know early in life what they want to do for a career or profession. I was not one of those people.
Subtle influences led me to home staging. Like many, I’ve had different job and life paths before becoming a home stager.
When I was a little girl, I loved going over my uncle’s, who was an architect, design plans. He did primarily commercial buildings but also did some private homes. I would take my little fingers and walk through the floor plan. I would critique to whoever might be listening, what I thought the house needed.
I managed to get a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology which actually came in handy at times.
Along the way, I met Larry who became a homebuilder for a large company in Houston. So for the next 20+ years, I learned quite a bit about homebuilding.
Many of our friends were in the business so it’s all we talked about. Every new development he started, I watched from the dirt up to the opening of the model home.
Homebuilding being what it is, we also moved many times. Usually, that meant Larry going ahead to establish the company in a new area, while I stayed behind to prepare the house for sale.
What an experience that was! Our first big move meant getting our home prepared to sell, coordinating with the movers, finding a place to rent in Boca Raton, and telling my family I was moving out of Texas!!! The last part was the hardest.
In 2004 when we were relocating (once again) to Northern VA, it was also a seller’s market. It took us months to find a home to buy. When I was out looking at homes, I would say to Larry….How do they expect to sell a house in this condition??
I saw trash bags left in the kitchen, dishes in the sink, beds unmade, stuff everywhere, and the list goes on.
Larry, I’m sure, was tired of hearing me complain so one day he mentioned that someone who worked for him told him about something new…Home Staging.
After some research, I found Barb Schwartz, the creator of Home Staging, and took her class. One afternoon, we went to a townhome that was for sale. We had just 4 hours to stage it. Dividing into groups and working with only what was there…we did it. The homeowner was thrilled!
We moved back to Delray Beach in 2007 just after I’d completed the class. The housing market was down and very few people were familiar with home staging.
My first years were spent educating the agents as well as convincing sellers to spend any money whatsoever for a consultation. Many families were having to move from the home they’d loved.
This is when my degree came in handy. There were many times when how I served my sellers was by listening and helping them work through having to leave their homes.
When I walk into homes, even though I’m retired, I still look around and try to see the possibilities and what the person living there could do.
My book title might be…You never know where life will take you!
This is an entry in the February 2022 Challenge: What’s Your Story? hosted by Carol Williams and Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker.