A Very Interesting Compliment

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Home Stager with Staged by Design®

I had this experience recently with a new client, referred to me by their Realtor.

I met the client, completed the Staging consultation, and then proceeded to go over the results of the report, including the Top 10 list and action plan, when she said...

‘Wow, you can really tell you do this for a living!’

I was a little taken aback, but smiled and said thank you, and continued on with our discussion. As it turns out, she has a friend who stages as a “hobby”.

Since this is my passion AND my business, I was certainly glad that it came across that I take Staging seriously, because I DO. Staging is not decorating. It’s not about simply filling empty rooms with furnishings from a friend’s home. Although there are many components to the philosophy of Staging, and why it works, here is how it directly affects your customers:

You are making recommendations for changes or improvements that affect the equity of someone’s home.

There are so many factors that go into making the appropriate plan for Staging a home. Here are just a few:

  • What are the demographics of potential buyers?
  • What about the other listings in the competitive set? How can your home best compete with them?
  • What are the current trends in real estate and design? How do you best incorporate them into the home?

Consider other services that typically require a professional. Would you feel comfortable if you knew that an Auto Mechanic, Contractor, Chiropractor, etc. were pursuing those endeavors as a hobby?

So yes, I do this for a living, and I’m glad that it shows.

 

Leigh Newport is an Accredited Staging Professional, Owner and Principal Designer for Staged by Design, a Home Staging and Interior Redesign company serving Northern Virginia.

www.staged-by-design.com

571-291-0614

 

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Rainer
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Kris Kombrink ~ The Kombrink Team
RE/MAX Excels - Chicago's Western Suburbs - Geneva, IL

Well a compliment is a compliment, right Leigh?  I would highly recommend agents use Home Stagers for ALL of their listings.  We offer this service to all of our sellers and we pick up the tab.  Hey, if it can help make it a quick sell it's worth it.

Nov 13, 2008 04:02 AM #1
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Veronica DeCarolis
Weidel Realtors - Flemington, NJ

Congratulations! You have been recognized as a professional. That is a true compliment.  Bonnie

Nov 13, 2008 04:05 AM #2
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Dinah Lee Griffey
Windermere Peninsula Properties - Allyn, WA
Managing Broker Windermere Peninsula Properties

I think it is great that we can do what we love and make a living at it. I think she was enviouse of the joy you have in your work. It is not a job when yo enjoy it... It is a career-Dinah Lee

Nov 13, 2008 04:09 AM #3
Rainer
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Hi Leigh, Congratulations are in order! Yes, professional home stagers present themselves as professionals and do a professional job, they all just need to give us a try.. God bless,

Nov 13, 2008 08:25 AM #4
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Leigh Newport
Staged by Design® - Leesburg, VA
Northern Virginia Home Staging

Kris-

You're right-I'll take it, for sure! I'm so pleased that you support the efforts of Home Stagers, and incorporate it into your services. I actually Staged a condo yesterday where the Realtor picked up the tab for everything, including furniture rental, not just a consultation. I asked him what he thought when he saw the home, and he said, "I wished I'd done this two months ago when I listed it". It's so good to have that support. Thank you for your comments.

Nov 13, 2008 09:57 AM #5
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Leigh Newport
Staged by Design® - Leesburg, VA
Northern Virginia Home Staging

Dinah,

I am so thankful to be able to do what I love. When I started my business, I had a hard time feeling like I should be charging for it. It was so much fun! That's when you know it's right. Thanks for your comments.

 

 

 

Nov 13, 2008 10:00 AM #6
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Leigh Newport
Staged by Design® - Leesburg, VA
Northern Virginia Home Staging

Thanks, Bonnie

Nov 13, 2008 10:01 AM #7
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Leigh Newport
Staged by Design® - Leesburg, VA
Northern Virginia Home Staging

Thanks, Cheryl.

Nov 13, 2008 10:02 AM #8
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Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
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I think staging is very important.....and a craft and a talent. I defer to my stager because I am useless in this department.

Dec 04, 2008 10:16 AM #9
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Leigh Newport
Staged by Design® - Leesburg, VA
Northern Virginia Home Staging

Thanks, Ellie. I'm glad to know that you support staging, and that you use stagers for your listings. Thanks for your comments!

Leigh

 

 

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