A Week of Mondays

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Home Stager with Staging Impressions

Have you ever had a week where everyday was a Monday?  Things just never went as planned.  Well that has been my week, but today I feel like I could be on The Stager.  I have a very good repeat client that I tend to go out of my way for.  They wanted me to replace a dining table with a much larger dining table.  For this I usually work with a rental company to supplement my inventory.  I do not have too many houses that need an 80" or 90" table. 

Today was supposed to be swapping day (this is Friday isn't it) for a larger table with a leaf that would expand to 90".  They are having a project review and will have a big tour of the properties so they are expecting it done.

My table, chairs and buffet arrived.  It was the last and only one of its kind and it was damaged(not fixable with markers) and should never have been delivered.  I could have probably lived with the buffet and chairs, but one whole end of the table was severely gouged.  Why didn't I think of a table cloth?  I did, but this is the kind of client that likes to move things and I knew if I did that one day they would decide they didn't want a table cloth and wonder what kind of inventory I would bring in. 

After escalating and several very assertive conversations I invoked the sunset clause that issues have to be remedied within 24 hours.  Now the warehouse is scrambling to put together a different set to deliver to me this evening probably around 8:00.  Was it Tom that said he turns off his phone or doesnt' answer.  

And to the stager that asked about working with builders this is occassionally the kind of thing that happens, so I decided to blog and share the current dining room with you and wish you all a happy Friday evening.  I'll be leaving shortly to swap another table and hope it fits.  I thought I would blog and leave a photo of the current dining room.  I just got the call earlier than expected so I hope everyone has a great weekend and I hope this table works.

 

Dining Room 

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Rainer
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Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

Fingers crossed Deborah!

Sep 05, 2008 10:05 AM #1
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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Deborah ~ I hope you have a great (and stress-free) weekend!  : )

Sep 05, 2008 12:03 PM #2
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Elaine Manes Gage
Home Staging Online Services - Denver, CO
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Yes, it really IS Friday!!! This is the occasional price we pay for being so good at what we do! I am a true believer that we will be rewarded for every time we act above and beyond. May next week be a week of Saturdays (or Sundays) for you!

Sep 05, 2008 12:45 PM #3
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Val Allocco
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island - Northport, NY
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island

Hi Deborah,

Your ability to be adaptable shows that you are a 'quality stager', so even though extra effort and work is involved, you will make a favorable impression on that builder because you went 'the extra mile' in serving him.

Take a deep breath and remember that the weekend is upon us..get yourself some much needed 'r and r'!

Val

Sep 05, 2008 01:56 PM #4
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Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

Update?  Did they bring the new furniture and was it acceptable? 

It's now Saturday..........REST!

Sep 05, 2008 11:52 PM #5
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Deborah Chene
Staging Impressions - Farmington Hills, MI

Hi Marianne-I'm not hiding under the table and not dancing on the table top either.  I decided to sleep in a little.  Thanks to everyone for their support and kind words.

The table arrived and we were dismantling when one of the sales rep came to show the house to prospects and she was thrilled to see a new table going in.  It was the same crew from earlier that day so they were a little tired.  I'm not the favorite flavor of the month.

Dining Table Swap

Here is the new table in its new resting place.  It is 80 inches long and weighs a ton.  I have never used it before, but they honored the rental rate.  Now I just hope I don't set a precedent.  I should raise the mirror, but I left it looking like it is resting or leaning.  I will talk to my client about it and if they want another hole to raise it a few inches.  Truthfully the mirror will not make or break the sale.

While we were playing with the table my watch broke and fell off my wrist.  I just had to laugh.  Right now I am going to the farmer's market, so I hope I don't send a bunch of melons rolling all over the pavement.  Wish me luck.  On to next week...

Sep 06, 2008 01:41 AM #6
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Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

Awwww......you'll always be MY favorite flavor of the month!

Did you make it through the market without incident? 

The dining room is lovely--good job!

Sep 06, 2008 10:12 PM #7
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Deborah Chene
Staging Impressions - Farmington Hills, MI

Hi Marianne, I made it through the market yesterday, but I am heading to your side of the county today for Arts and Apples.  I promise not to handle glass or pottery and to stay away from tent posts.

The client loves the new table so hopefully I can put that one to rest.  I sent the rental furniture company a big thank you note.  Since everyone worked so hard to resolve the issues I wanted to express my gratitude.  Keeping those positive relations going.  They do try hard to work with me since I am a great repeat customer.

Have a great day, I'll be heading out to Rochester from Birmingham around 3:00 if you want to avoid me at the art fair.

Sep 07, 2008 02:57 AM #8
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Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

I didn't hear any sirens yesterday afternoon, so I'm presuming you made it through unscathed?

Sep 07, 2008 11:23 PM #9
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