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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Kathy Streib
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Comments (42)

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Kathy,

The longer you are in this business, you will see almost everything.  But monkeys?  Yikes!  At least that seller had you to give her some good advice!

Sep 22, 2022 06:27 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Well, I've not ever seen monkeys at any of the properties, I've shown, listed, or visited.  That is an astonishing story, Kathy.

Sep 22, 2022 08:10 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Sep 22, 2022 08:11 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Kathy, I have had my fill of pet disasters. Monkeys are fun, snakes are scary and birds can stink. I've experienced them all 🤪

Sep 22, 2022 10:14 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow what a story Kathy, so my  question is did she end up having any money for staging? Endre

Sep 22, 2022 11:32 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Well I guess there is something to be thankful for in this story....diapers.

Being a landlord is not something I have any interest in. 

Sep 23, 2022 07:22 AM
Peter Mohylsky
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL

That is not monkeying around.  sad but still funny in a certain way 

Sep 23, 2022 07:39 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

Oh My! That must have cost a lot of money to get the home ready to sell.  What a shock.
It reminds me of a joke, though:
Q: Where do monkeys go to grab a beer?
A: The monkey bars!

Sep 23, 2022 08:00 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

I have had some renters that have done damage and a lot of strange things, but thankfully not that level of monkey business.  I would have gone bananas!

Sep 23, 2022 10:05 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Very funny Ray Henson !!

Sep 23, 2022 01:28 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy I had to laugh at Ray Henson  comment I am sure Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  would appreciate it too:))))))))))

Sep 23, 2022 10:37 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker

Very funny Endre Barath, Jr. 🤣

Sep 23, 2022 01:28 PM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Great post!

Sep 23, 2022 12:09 PM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great advice to give to your customer it is great when they listen to you. Thanks for sharing I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Sep 23, 2022 01:55 PM
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

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