A Home Stager Gives Thanks

Home Stager with Home Sweet Home Staging

Thanks to Amber, whose post http://activerain.com/blogsview/806795/I-am-thankful-forGORILLA-GLUE inspired me. 

Reblogged from my page on http://mioaklandcounty.com/blog/category/home-staging/

Today is Thanksgiving, a perfect time to pause, reflect and give thanks for all of the blessings we have in our lives.

As I reach 4 1/2 years of owning a home staging business, I realize I have much to be grateful for.  I have met some incredible people along the way, many that I am proud to call "friend".  I've made a few mistakes, but have learned so much.  The real estate market has changed since 2004, but I see glimmers of hope daily.  Maureen Francis has given me an opportunity to contribute to her blog and hopefully impact the industry in some small way.  I have never had a client stiff me, although one came close.  Most importantly, I have been able to help eager, and sometimes skeptical homeowners achieve quick sales.  Few things satisfy me as much. 

The important people in my life have remained important and stable.  My husband's business is stronger than ever.  Collision shops can make a car smashed by a newly-licensed teenager look almost perfect.  My parents and in-laws are still alive and constants in our lives.  Neither the war nor cancer has touched our family.  My teenaged daughters are healthy, superbly funny and haven't given us a moment's trouble (well, aside from the car thing).  I have a reasonable and honorable contractor on retainer.  Life is good.

From a stager's viewpoint, the following are crucial and will be toasted this Thanksgiving:

  • Enlightened real estate agents
  • HGTV, for introducing staging to the public and showing what can be done to improve a property's appeal
  • Fellow stagers, for being friends, problem-solvers, sounding boards, assistants and........
  • Competition, which makes us accountable, honest and better at what we do
  • Trust.  Believe it or not, I have never met the majority of my clients.  With a giant leap of faith, they give me access to their houses and trust that I will fulfill my promises and treat their property with respect.  I do not take this responsibilty lightly.
  • Duct tape.  As Tim "The Toolman" Taylor once said, "When in doubt, duct it."  You men know what I'm talking about!
  • Gorilla Glue, which has saved the day more than once
  • Cordless drills
  • Lower gas prices, which make it much easier to retain the gas-guzzler that I am forced to own.  Ever try to put a whole house-worth of accessories in a convertible?
  • Pins, rubber bands, ribbon, silk flowers, Sharpies, two-sided tape and band-aids, which all reside in my Magic Bag of Stager's Tricks
  • Moving Men furniture glides, which help save the back
  • My chiropractor, for when the Moving Men didn't work
  • Modern medicine, also for when the Moving Men didn't work, or for when a child gets sick on Staging Day

Wishing you and yours a warm, wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!


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Virginia Tatseos
Stage-Show-Sell - Bloomfield Township, MI

On a personal level I have so much to be grateful and thankful for.  I WOKE up this morning and had a deer looking at me from the window.  What a rush.


My husband and I are healthy and so are the kids and grandkids.

I can walk without pain in my foot.

My kids are doing ok in this economy. 

My husband finished tiling the laundry room (3 years)

My tabel will be full with my kids and grandkids today.

On a business side

3 M products are great

Attornies and accountants know the value of my business.  Working with mostly Estates and the treasures of peoples lives has opened up a new venue for my energy and creativity.

On a funny note

When people google Tatseos, my AR account is how my husband is found. 



Nov 27, 2008 12:58 AM #1
Marianne Sweet
Home Sweet Home Staging - Rochester Hills, MI
Home Sweet Home Staging, LLC Rochester Hills, MI

Amen sister!

And might I add that I am also grateful for AR, as it affords us a forum to question, discuss and vent?

Nov 27, 2008 11:24 PM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I too am blessed and give thanks each day that I have good health, happy and healthy children, a beautiful home and a supportive and loving husband.  I am so lucky to have found my passion and very grateful to have found AR.

Dec 01, 2008 04:45 AM #3
Allegra Dioguardi
Styled and Sold Home Staging and Staging Training - Westhampton Beach, NY
Home Staging & Training, Suffolk Co. Long Island

Wonderful post, and I agree, I'd have to add glue gun and white out and Rub and Buff to your list though!

Seriously, it's important to take those moments to be grateful. Every where I look, I see reminders. Thank you!

Dec 01, 2008 10:49 AM #4
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