Tip - Staging Model Units

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Home Stager with Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging

Last week we Staged a model unit for a beautiful condo development in the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles. It reminded me that whenever I Stage a model I must make sure 4 things are done before we arrive on Staging day:

1) There must be water coming into the unit (for the steamer and flushing the toilet)

2) There must be power coming into the unit (again for the steamer, but more importantly so we have light with which to take our photos)

3) All towel bars, curtain rods and bathroom mirrors must be installed

and most important of all...

4) That the unit must be clean!

It has happened to me on more than one occasion that we show up to Stage a model unit (which we've been assured is ready for us) and it's NOT ready. This time there was no water, no power, no bathroom mirrors, only some of the towel bars & curtain rods and it was FILTHY. Not just no one has been around so it's accumulated some dust filthy, but construction filthy!

But there we were, and the movers were half an hour away! So quickly we went into damage control mode. Can we get a cleaning crew and an electrician in immediately? No. OK, so we decided to have the furniture delivered but not to do the Staging until 2 days later, after the cleaners & electricians had been through. That seemed like the best solution, except that I was bummed to have to spread the Staging out over 2 days when we normally complete everything in one. I'm all about efficiency! So we moved in the furniture and stored our accessories in a closet. I called the agent the next day to confirm that we were good to go for Friday. He had just left the unit and the cleaners had been there so all was set.

So we arrive on Friday to Stage and it did look cleaner - whew! Unfortunately there were still no mirrors in any of the bathrooms, no water and no power! Plus one of the curtain rods had not yet been hung. Ugh. Well, there was nothing to do but start Staging and hope that by the time we were ready to steam there would be water and power. Unfortunately that wasn't the case. Luckily they brought in a very long extension cord which was hooked up to a working outlet in another part of the building and we used water from our water bottles for the steaming. And my movers agreed to hang the final curtain rod for us. But without overhead light or my lamps my photos were NOT what they normally are. I was able to get some decent ones, but they would've looked so much better with the lights on. Not to mention we couldn't shoot any of the bathrooms because there were no vanity mirrors!

Tip to all Realtors & Stagers of model units - don't try to rush the Staging until the model is 100% complete. It will only mean delays in the long run!

entryLRMBRGBR

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Annie Pinsker-Brown | Stage to Sell
Owner & Principal Designer
310-384-1084
www.stagetosell.biz

"We get you to SOLD so you can get on with your life!"

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Stage to Sell is the premier West Los Angeles Home Staging Company.

Owner & Principal Designer Annie Pinsker-Brown is an ASP (Accredited Staging Professional), a member of IAHSP (International Association of Home Staging Professionals), an affiliate member of the Beverly Hills/Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors and a member of the Culver City and West LA Chambers of Commerce.

Annie has Staged LA homes for Bravo's hit show "Million Dollar Listing" and TLC's "Property Ladder." She has also been featured in recent articles on Home Staging in Los Angeles Magazine, The New York Times, Costco Connection and Frontiers Magazine.

If you would like to see more of our Home Staging work, visit our website. There is an extensive gallery of before & after photos, as well as a list of our Staged properties currently on the market.

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Rainmaker
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Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager

Thanks for commenting Wendy. If my experiences can save someone else the hassle of dealing with this problem it's all worth it!

Oct 07, 2008 09:22 AM #15
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Susan Kitajima
America 1st Realty & Investments - Downey, CA

Hi Annie,

My name is Susan and I can help in your staging. I have a plant maintenance company and I rent live house plants and also a r/e agent. Maybe I can be of help to you.

Susan

Oct 07, 2008 09:25 AM #16
Rainer
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Marci Toliver
438-4642 - Mauldin, SC
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging

This came out great!  I have that same piece that you have over the bed!  Gotta love shopping!

Oct 07, 2008 09:43 AM #17
Rainmaker
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Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager

Thanks Marci! I believe that was Pier One also. :)

Susan, I emailed you offline.

 

Oct 07, 2008 10:13 AM #18
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Kathy Riggle
STAGING SMART N SOLD - Houston, TX
Houston Home Staging

Hi Annie-

The staging result looks wonderful, & thanks for sharing your experience with the new construction.

Oct 07, 2008 11:08 AM #19
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Gina Dougherty
Fusion Design Consulting - Redondo Beach, CA
Home Staging Redondo Beach, CA- FusionDesignConsulting.com

This has happened to me more than once.  We've had to use the long extension cord from other units, enter through side or back doors because the landscaping was being installed as we Staged, we've even had to store the furniture on the balcony while waiting for carpet to be installed! 

It's so hard because everyone involved has deadlines and we all want to make it work, but it would be so much more efficient if everything is done in the proper order.

From your pictures, it did all come out great.

Oct 07, 2008 11:20 AM #20
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Leigh Newport
Staged by Design® - Leesburg, VA
Northern Virginia Home Staging

Thanks for the heads up. I have yet to have that happen in a new home, but you never know what you'll face when you arrive to Stage!

Oct 07, 2008 11:33 AM #21
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Juliet Johnson
Vizzitopia - St Johns, FL
Jacksonville Photography & Digital Marketing

I find I have become quite adept at turning back at least ONE toilet.  Unlike contractors, the bushes is NOT an option!!

You have reminded me to amend my contract though, to read that cleaning must have taken place.  Fun post, Annie, thanks.

Oct 07, 2008 12:55 PM #22
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e h
ct - Victorville, CA

Home staging is great, i got my mother's house sold.

Oct 08, 2008 04:48 AM #23
Rainmaker
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Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager

Thanks Kathy. Hope you fared ok in Ike. I'm still hearing horror stories from my Galveston friends.

Gina, that's exactly what we've had to do - the old long extension cord trick! But of course that doesn't help with the lighting situation. I can't believe you had to store your stuff on the balcony! That's even better than my story! Thanks for commenting.

Leigh, I hope you never come across this problem, but it's worth mentioning it to your client before you show up just in case.

Juliet, I know what you mean about the toilet. They did have port-o-potties but for me that wasn't an option either! :)

Thanks Emerson!

 

Oct 08, 2008 06:07 AM #24
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Natasa Glamoclija
Natasa Glamoclija - Brookfield, IL

I see that you did a great job even with all those problems.

Oct 08, 2008 06:26 AM #25
Rainmaker
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Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager

Thanks Natasa! I appreciate your comment.

Oct 08, 2008 09:07 AM #26
Rainmaker
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Winter Baserva
Seasons Realty Group of PalmerHouse Properties - Atlanta, GA
Realtor -Homes For Sale, Atlanta, GA

Great Stage

Oct 09, 2008 12:35 PM #27
Rainmaker
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Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager

Thanks for commenting Winter!

Oct 09, 2008 12:45 PM #28
Rainmaker
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Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

I've had that happen, with builders models.  For some reason they are rarely cleaned.  I even had one with holes in the sheetrock because of plumbing problems.  Loved knowing my inventory might be at risk!

Oct 09, 2008 02:55 PM #29
Rainmaker
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Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager

Cindy, that sounds really bad. It's also unsettling to have a unit Staged when the rest of the building is still under construction because the workers are still in the building and so many people go in and out. You never know who might walk off with your stuff.

Oct 10, 2008 04:33 AM #30
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Jill Schmit
Micoley & Company - Green Bay, WI
ABR, ASP, GRI

Annie - Thanks for another informative post. You've saved me from another potential "challenge"!

Oct 10, 2008 07:13 AM #31
Rainmaker
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Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager

So glad to hear it Jill! Hope it never happens to you, but it's good to be prepared.

Oct 10, 2008 10:43 AM #32
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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

Haven't had the opportunity to stage a model yet.  Yours words of wisdom will be earmarked in my favorites for when the opportunity comes along.

You did a great job.

Nov 05, 2008 03:25 PM #33
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Annie Pinsker-Brown
Stage to Sell - LA Home Staging - Los Angeles, CA
Stage to Sell, Los Angeles Home Stager

Thanks Virginia! Hope these tips can help you avoid problems down the road.

 

Nov 06, 2008 05:00 AM #34
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