Home Staged by Non-Professional, yep it was me

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Home Inspector with H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties)

The fresh flowers i should have used?I once thought you could stage a house by putting a bottle of wine on the kitchen counter, and towels and toilet paper in the bathroom. Hmm...

Well, I did advance somewhat from that stage, when I decided to stage the rehab house I did last year myself.

I sprung for some curtains & rods, (complete with sheer & tiebacks), some throw-rugs, and a few well placed but scattered knick-knacks. Let's just call it "Home Staging by Bubba". The crowning touch was the folding chair and small round table with a tablecloth and a candle on it in the dining room.

Well a week went by before I decided that I needed a less barbaric touch, and let my wife and her friends come in and work their magic. It wasn't exactly professional, but it was enough to do the trick, because I had two solid offers in less than 24 hours.

The point is, since that time I have actually seen what professionals can do, and if what my wife and her friends did worked that well, I can just imagine what the real thing can do.

I'm not even sure what the costs are for professional home staging, but if they can save you some of the average wait time to be sold, I'm sure it will be well worth it. I have seen some amazing transformations. For those of us with less imagination, we can only look on in awe. Thank God for professionals. 

 

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Rainmaker
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Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

I'm glad you learned that there is more to it than a bottle of wine and some towels!  You are definately correct that a well staged home will bring quicker offers and is more than worth the costs as it typically actually saves the homeowner money in saved carrying costs, time and aggravation!

Jul 09, 2008 11:14 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

So happy to have another believer on our side!  So happy you had such fast results!

Jul 09, 2008 11:53 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Karen Dembsky
Peachtree Home Staging LLC, Home Staging in Atlanta, GA - Peachtree City, GA
Atlanta Home Staging

Very nice post -- thx for sharing we all need these comments from time to time.

Jul 09, 2008 12:16 PM #9
Rainer
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Frank Schulte-Ladbeck
Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections - Houston, TX

Way to go Kevin! At least you tried, but then our wives do know best (or at least mine likes to remind me of that often ;)

Jul 09, 2008 12:25 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging

Hey Kevin (Bubba) it sounds like you should team up with a local stager and the two of you market your services together.  Pricing by locale does vary GREATLY so look for a local stager and see what the two of you can accomplish together.  I would love to team up with a local inspector but there are many of them and I don't know how to determine who would make a great team.  Suggestions?

 

Jul 09, 2008 01:47 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
Staging done ONLINE!

This is the sweetest post by a non-stager I have read in a long time! Thank you so much for recognizing that what we do IS special!

Jul 09, 2008 03:00 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Ginger, Teaming up with a local stager sounds very interesting, and a thought I had not considered.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. As far as finding a home inspector to team up with, I would supggest contacting your local ASHI chapter and have them spread the word to see if there is any interest.

Elaine, I do what I can, thanks for the comment.

Jul 09, 2008 09:54 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Frank,

          When my wife gets on a roll, I just try to stay out of the path of the bowling ball.

Jul 09, 2008 10:08 PM #14
Rainmaker
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Michelle Finnamore
Toronto GTA, Alliston, Newmarket - Vaughan, ON
Preparing your property for sale

Very informative post. Thank you for taking the time to post it to our group. It has given many of us another avenue to pursue for partnerships in the Real Estate industry.

 

Jul 09, 2008 10:53 PM #15
Rainmaker
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Michelle, thanks for the wonderful comment. I also am getting an eduacation here, and I kinda have a "secret" desire to dabble in staging, although I'm not really qualified. I would like to see some home inspector/home stager alliances. That would be great!

Jul 09, 2008 11:14 PM #16
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Teresa Mills Schremm
Looking Fine by Redesign, LLC - North Olmsted, OH
Online Home Staging - Coast to Coast, ASHSR

Kevin, Congratulations on your selling success!  I am impressed with your efforts (and those of your wife and friends)...it's nice to know that the importance of home staging IS getting out there! I enjoyed your blog and look forward to many more!

Teresa

Jul 10, 2008 01:58 AM #17
Rainer
58,129
No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging
Hickory, NC

Bubba - um, I mean Kevin. I loved your post and am so happy that you discovered the benefits of staging.. It is very powerful ! God bless - I am sure that you will find a wonderful stager here on AR near you to team up with..

Jul 10, 2008 02:44 AM #18
Rainmaker
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Teresa & Cheryl,

                 Thanks for stopping by to comment. I really learn a  lot from all of you too. Any stagers near me? (Akron, Ohio)

Jul 10, 2008 03:05 AM #19
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Matthew Zgonc
Aksland Real Estate - Modesto, CA
Realtor, CFS, CVS

Staging is the key to selling the house quickly. As most people here know a person has decided to offer on the house within 10 seconds of seeing the inside.

Jul 10, 2008 03:41 AM #20
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Lisa Roy
SPACELiFT HOME STAGING, Greater Vancouver - Vancouver, BC

Glad to hear we are making believers out of non-believers!  One at a time  :-)

Not only is it good to have the professionals who know their job, come in and do the staging but most people just don't have the time to do it.  We all lead such busy lives, why not have someone who knows what they are doing, does it well and effieciently, come in and do the job right.  I don't pretend to know how to do everything and I never hesitate to call in someone who knows what they are doing to do something I am not able to do.  Makes life so much more simple.

Jul 10, 2008 03:47 AM #21
Rainer
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Barbara Cluck-Miksits
BCM Home Staging LLC - Ridgewood, NJ
Home Staging - New Jersey

Kevin ~ I am glad you have become a believer. We stagers take our profession very seriously. Stop by any time and visit some of the stager's sites you will love it.

Jul 10, 2008 01:46 PM #22
Rainmaker
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

From your lips to god's ears  OR the sellers ears

Jul 10, 2008 05:07 PM #23
Rainmaker
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

I guess home staging is gaining more and more notariety, but I can"t seem to find very many right around here in AKRON, OHIO.

Jul 12, 2008 02:06 AM #24
Rainmaker
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Terrylynn Fisher
Dudum Real Estate Group - BuyStageSell.com - Walnut Creek, CA
HAFA Certified, EcoBroker, CRS, CSP Realtor, Etc.

LOL  love Staging by bubba.  But the point was that you thought it looked easy, tried it, objectively looked at what you had done and called a pro.  You are a quick learner.  And, I am sure the stager has risen in your esteem since you've had a little taste of the reality of it.  It's not just the glamour job people think, it's work, business skill and alot of talent.  It's easier to hire those than to try to become those yourself.  Stick to what you do best, inspections!!!   You made me laugh, loved the crowning moment, folding chair and round table with table cloth...funny guy.

Jul 12, 2008 07:46 PM #25
Rainmaker
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Kevin Corsa
H.I.S. Home Inspections (Summit, Stark Counties) - Canton, OH
H.I.S. Home Inspections, Stark & Summit County, OH Home Inspector

Hey, even 'bubba" is impressed when you get your house sold in 48 hrs.

Jul 15, 2008 01:11 AM #26
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