Friday Fun…My Staging Consultation Was All She Needed

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Friday Fun…My Staging Consultation Was All She Needed


Many years ago I provided a consultation for a very nice couple. The husband had just received his Real Estate license and had planned a meeting in their home.


While the rest of the house was furnished, their living room was totally empty and had been since they’d moved in a few years earlier. 


Their original call was for a consultation…either what to buy or what to rent. They had hoped that I could bring in a full set of living room furniture and accessories just for the day. 


I could tell that the wife had been lobbying to finally buy their own furniture but her husband thought it would be a waste since they never used the room.

I offered these suggestions…

They could rent living room furniture from Cort Furniture. Short-term rentals (1-month minimum) can be expensive…$500 to 800 or more a month not including taxes, insurance, and delivery fees. 

Or, they could bite the bullet and buy what they really wanted for the room. 


When I saw the smile on the wife’s face, I knew exactly what decision they would make!!! 


The investment of my consulting fee turned out to be a good investment for her finally getting her living room furniture. 

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Comments (28)

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I know that renting furniture can really add up in price. Smart advice and smart decision Kathy.

Apr 22, 2022 07:34 AM
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

Hi Kathy,
I can't imagine having an empty room in my house, whether I used it or not.

Apr 22, 2022 08:00 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Well that is interesting, no furniture in a the living room for quite some time?   Glad you were able to 'solve' the issue and she could move on and get things on the better track (for her ) and we all know that husband liked it once it was complete!

Apr 22, 2022 09:47 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy Kathy, I have to agree with Michael Jacobs, "Happy wife, Happy Life"  wish I learned that earlier in my life. LOL


Apr 22, 2022 10:50 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great job Kathy! I only wish I was able to send clients your way.

Apr 22, 2022 11:16 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Wayne Martin I agree. All she needed was for someone else to suggest it. 

Kat Palmiotti I think they felt that since their family room had furniture they didn't need anything in the living room. But it looked so empty. 

Apr 22, 2022 11:29 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Exactly Nina Hollander, Broker When we bought our first home we didn't have any furniture in the dining room. It was Larry who wanted to get a dining room set in there because he didn't like seeing it empty. 

Michael Jacobs my thoughts exactly!!!   She actually told me after the consultation what she was going to buy to get them started and it wasn't that much! She planned on adding to it later. 

Apr 22, 2022 11:34 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Brian England renting is very expensive. And, the shorter the lease period, the more you pay. And taxes, insurance and delivery charges will really get you. 

Roy Kelley Thank you very much. Hello to Chef Dolores. 

Apr 22, 2022 11:41 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty I can understand his reluctance to purchase the furniture but it made so much more sense. 

Joan Cox I was happy for her as well. 

Apr 22, 2022 11:43 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 I've known of professional athletes who would rent all of their furniture for their homes when they weren't sure how long they were going to be in the area. 

Carol Williams especially if it's on the ground floor of your home where everyone will see it. 

Apr 22, 2022 11:45 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker they were young(ish) and I'm sure he was being conservative with their money. When I started telling him how much the rent would be for one room I could see the light bulbs going off in his head as well. 

Will Hamm There's a reason for that saying. 

Apr 22, 2022 11:47 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Rocky Dickerson that is so sweet!!!  How about a virtual consultation. 

Apr 22, 2022 11:48 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy when are men going to learn they can't win in these situations, so just say yes honey.  ☺️

Apr 22, 2022 04:09 PM
Eileen Burns
Trans State Commercial RE Ft. Lauderdale/Miami/Palm Beach - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

My first thought was the husband chose what profession? 😂

I would not want him on my team.

Penny wise and pound foolish to live in empty space because "he" did not use it.

Glad the wife had the wherewithal to use her lifeline to Kathy Streib 


Apr 23, 2022 07:00 AM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

I never understood RENTING furniture!  So glad you were able to help them make a decision and for the best!  Happy Wife!  Happy Life!

Apr 23, 2022 08:39 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Glad it all worked out, Kathy. Did you get to see the finished product?


Apr 23, 2022 09:23 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

You point out why home staging consultations often provide a good return on the money.  

Apr 23, 2022 10:22 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

He should have realized that the noise he would make in an empty room coming in late at night would get him into trouble as well.

Apr 23, 2022 01:43 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy loved the post and the message, funny how when two hard heads can not come to an agreement a third party can solve the problem. Good for you, had he not been so stubborn, you would not have received a consultation call so you should be thanking him))))))))))Endre

Apr 24, 2022 04:35 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Sometimes people just need a little push in the right direction. Many times I find a little validation goes a long way to helping people make a decision.

Apr 26, 2022 02:25 PM