Blogging helps us to let others know who we are, and what we have to offer, whether it's hard core skills, or inspirational messages. But do you really trust the person you are reading? We can learn so much if we are open to new ideas, and take the time to see who is behind a blog. Staging was a term I had never heard of until I joined Active Rain. This Real Estate Network has so many different fields of expertise.
I read some Staging and Feng Shui articles but it wasn't until I looked on my County Dashboard that I saw there was a Stager near me. Janice Sutton of 1st Stage Property Transformation lives and works in Murrieta/Temecula.
I read her blogs, liked what I saw, and made contact. The first time last year that we attempted to stage a very needy house didn't work out. But a few weeks ago, I gave her a call again. One of my listings wasn't getting any activity and I was running out of options. Wanting a fresh perspective I called Janice. We set up an appointment for her FREE Consultation, and she gave me her opinions.......
Oh you should have heard me....
- "Oh no" I don't think my Seller would want to do that !"
- "But I like that Turquoise carpet"
- "What ? You want to take down all those expensive window coverings?"
Oh my I sounded like it was my house. This lasted about 10 minutes before I caught myself, and realized I called a Stager for Advice....so why was I being resistant? So I shut up and listened!!!
I still wasn't sure how I was going to approach my Seller to paint and re-carpet, and I couldn't give his name and number out without his permission.
But first I had to believe in what Janice was saying......and I did, as Staging is her area of Expertise.
Don't get me wrong....I was pretty protective of my client, and I wanted to save him as much money as possible, while getting help with the listing. I figure this wasn't going to be an easy task, but I would give it my best shot, and that's exactly what I told Janice.
I did call the Seller, and explained about staging, why I thought it would be in his interest to do as the Stager recommended, and the cost involved. I really thought he was going to refuse to relist, and just send me on my way. Not only had we not gotten the House Sold in 6 months, but now here I was asking him to pay out even more money. But actually he wouldn't be paying more money in the long run, just the first upfront fee for Staging, and paint and carpet. He said he'd think about it and let me know......and it didn't sound encouraging.
A week went by, and I got an email.....he decided to Stage his home.
I let Janice know and it didn't take long before she had the painter out there, and the carpet guy.
It was the same day the carpet guy finished that Janice was out there setting things up.
I was amazed at the energy that she had, and the way things were already starting to look when I got there. Furniture, plants, taking down the window coverings to let in more light; Staging.....she obviously knew what she was doing, and that's what I wanted.
Now that all her work is done, it's time for me to do mine :)
I did say this was a transaction with 3 Active Rain Members......
- First....Melinda Jones from Sun Lakes Realty in Banning gave me the referral. Working together in the past, and trust that I would do whatever I could for the client has resulted in several referrals from Melinda.
- Second.....That would be me :)
- Third Janice Sutton of 1st Stage Property Transformation in Temecula- a city about 45 minutes from the property.
Professional Respect and Working Together for the common goal of helping the client......Yes 3 Active Rain Members Working together.
I just love what Janice did with this home........and of course I thank Melinda for the Referral.
How about you, do you trust other Real Estate Professionals, or people that work in fields that are associated with Real Estate?
By: Kathy McGraw- CELLing Realty in Riverside County and Authoring the Blog California Real Estate and Life