My Crazy Staging Story…No Monkeying Around

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Home Stager

My Crazy Staging Story…No Monkeying Around

 

Many years ago when we were returning to Florida from one of our Family Obligatory Tours, I received a frantic call from a homeowner. 

 

The renters she’d had in her home while she was out of state caring for her parents had moved out. She’d decided it was a good time to sell her home and move back permanently to care for her parents. 

 

While she was absent, her agent assured her that he had checked on the property and all was well. 

 

 

OOPS!

 

The afternoon I returned from our trip, I met the agent at the home. While the tenants, a young couple, did not have children, they had monkeys for pets!  There were ropes still hanging from one corner of the kitchen to the family room…all around the main living area through the breakfast area so that the monkeys could do what they do!

 

The expensive tiki hut on the patio had been totally destroyed as had much of the landscaping. 

The agent met a neighbor outside who wondered why there were so many diaper boxes in the trash each week. Now she knew.

 

The whole house would have to be repainted and the flooring replaced. Many of the doors and cabinets also had to be replaced or refinished. 

 

The homeowner had called me thinking I could “use my staging magic” with furniture and accessories. 

 

 

My suggestion…use whatever budget she had to clean, deodorize, replace, and redo her home and landscaping.  Her home was in a good area on a beautiful lot. 

 

If she had room in her budget, after everything was repaired, then I would be happy to stage it. 

 

There’s still time to share your story with us for the Crazy Real Estate Agent Stories September Challenge.

 

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Comments (54)

Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Kathy:

You're right, that's a crazy staging story. Would have been "interesting" to see in person.

Have an enjoyable weekend!

Jeff

Sep 23, 2022 04:56 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m not sure any of my stories are that crazy but this one went on quite a journey

Sep 23, 2022 11:37 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Sep 23, 2022 11:38 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Sam Shueh  i’m just seeing your post now. I’ve been there and I’ve felt that pressure to contribute but sometimes we just don’t have enough bandwidth at the time with all the things to balance

Sep 23, 2022 11:41 PM
Gary J. Muccio, Associate Broker
Keller Williams of Central PA - Camp Hill, PA
Exceptional Customer Service!

Good morning, Kathy! WOW - what a story! It's amazing to me, but I guess everyone has their own idea of what are "comfortable" living conditions. While I appreciate pets, I can't imagine living with monkeys. Thanks for sharing!

Sep 24, 2022 05:57 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

This reminds me of the person who wrote about the people with pigs in the house. I think it was Miss Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Shaking my head in San Jose,  yeah, can you stage this house Kathy Streib 

Stage it to a contractor (LOL)! 

Sep 24, 2022 01:00 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Kathy Streib It makes you wonder where people think they live. Do you think if they owned the property they would have raised monkeys there?

Sep 24, 2022 02:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

George Souto Hmmmm I'm not sure but I s suppose I could use my imagination.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® I'd rather see a seller invest in making sure their home is clean and repairs are made than having furniture in it.

Sep 24, 2022 08:23 PM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

Uuuggghhh Kathy Streib Nothing worse than entering an unpleasant atmosphere.  I wonder if this owner forewarned you about her pets prior to your appointment🤪

Sep 25, 2022 06:05 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat and to think, when I was a kid, I wanted a pet chimpanzee. Thank you for the feature in your group. 

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS I can take most anything but snakes. 

Sep 25, 2022 10:40 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Endre Barath, Jr. no she did not. The good thing is that the property was in a nice neighborhood on a good lot and it had good bones. 

Sharon Tara I agree!!! Can you imagine what it would have been like without diapers.!

Sep 25, 2022 10:42 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Peter Mohylsky good one!!!!

Carol Williams I love it!!!  I can't remember what the figure was just for the Tiki hut alone!!!  (a lot!!!!)

Sep 25, 2022 10:45 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Ray Henson good one!!!!  No monkeying around with your comment. 

Endre Barath, Jr. it shows you that we have some very funny members here.

Sep 25, 2022 10:48 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Thank you Ricardo Mello Glad you enjoyed it. 

Pat Champion Thank you. It would have been like putting lipstick on a pig. 

Sep 25, 2022 10:50 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Jeff Dowler, CRS I would have been heartbroken if I'd been the seller. The property was truly beautiful. 

Laura Cerrano I hope you'll share one with us. 

Sep 25, 2022 10:51 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Gary J. Muccio, Associate Broker I'm with you...I enjoy seeing them but would not want one for a pet. Hope you'll share a crazy story with us. 

Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist it was Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  I have had more than one client consultation where I recommended passing on trying to stage it with furniture and encouraged them to get it in order. 

Sep 25, 2022 10:57 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hannah Williams I agree. When we had a rental property, it was amazing what some people did. And still we also had some excellent tenants. 

Sep 25, 2022 10:59 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I suspect the agent was in a good bit of trouble for not knowing the monkeys were there. Just when you think you've heard everything. At least they took the monkeys with them when they moved.

Sep 25, 2022 02:52 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy I always believe I could have been a standup comic and make more money and have an easier life than being a Realtor... let's see what Ray Henson  has to say:))Endre

Sep 25, 2022 08:53 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Endre Barath, Jr.,  I think you could just about do anything you want to do.  Personally, I am waiting for your restaurant to open up.  I will be first in line.  No monkey on the menu please!

Sep 26, 2022 05:25 PM