Education & Training with J29 Project

Wow!  What a week this has been.  I am trying to jump into the age of technology!  I joined Active Rain this week and I just set up on Facebook!  I spent a long time looking up old friends.  I need to remember to only do that when I have some time.  Hmmm ...when will that be!  It has been a busy, busy week and I made some great connections. 

I will post the article that I wrote for our local news paper today.  Each month I write a feature article in the News Enterprise.  Seeing as though an article was published today, I thought I would share it with a bigger comunity!  Enjoy!

Timing is everything right?   

I was watching HGTV the other night with my daughter.  She watches staging shows with me and gets as excited as I do about the great projects we see.  She often thinks we should try many of the ideas we see and complete them in the same amount of time it takes on HGTV.  I was talking about painting the living room and she thought we could get the whole room done in a half hour - just like on TV.  My daughter is only ten, but she suffers from the same sense of reality that many people do when watching "reality" TV.  That these "projects" take a short amount of time and can be completed almost single-handedly.


Most television shows last 30 minutes - including commercials - and document amazing household transformations.  Most "Staging" shows really blow my mind.  An entire house is cleaned up in two days - including paint, demolition, construction, sewing and accessorizing. The end result is amazing and seemingly effortless.    The point I am trying to make here is that IT DOESN'T HAPPEN THAT WAY IN REAL LIFE!  Those shows have large crews that come in behind the scenes and get much of the work done.  All of the shopping and planning goes on behind the scenes so the viewer doesn't see how time intensive it is.  Anyone that has taken part in a staging project can confirm that it is rarely a quick process.  Staging a house takes time and sometimes it takes more time than is available.


When Staging a house to sell it is important to allow as much time as possible. Before Christmas, I consulted for several clients who planned to put their homes on the market in the spring.  They understood it was going to take time to make changes to their homes.  Most people don't create clutter in an afternoon.  It is going to take longer than that to clean it up.  By planning ahead, those homeowners are going to avoid the costly mistake of staging their house after it is already listed.  The time a house spends on the market can directly affect how much money a seller can expect to get.  Fix it up before listing to set up for maximum profit.


There is nothing worse than feeling "forced" into choosing something because you do not have time to research the options.  By allowing ample time to get your house ready, you can find a reasonable carpet cleaner or handy person to finish odd jobs around the house.  You maintain control and can determine the best course of action that you sometimes forfeit when you are under the gun.  You have time to shop for bargains instead of having to pay full price because you don't have time to wait for a sale.


Not everyone has the luxury of time.  Sometimes you are only given a few weeks to prepare.  In instances like this using a stager, or at least finding a friend to walk through your home, is crucial.  I must admit that using a professional will be a different experience than just having your best friend walk through.  A professional has been trained to know what the best use of your resources will be.  Ultimately, hiring a professional will save you time and money by directing your attention to the projects that will have the greatest impact.  Time is one of the most valuable resources you have and it pays to spend it wisely.

As seen in The News Enterprise, January 23, 2009

Posted by

Sheila Kennedy

Owner of Staged SO Right

Creator of J29 Project, Draw the Line, Eye on the Prize and Hear My Voice Programs

Staging you AMAZING!

Comments (10)

Terrie Leighton
Ferrari-Lund Real Estate - Reno, NV
Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno

Welcome to Active Rain! I agree that timing is everything and scheduling equally important. And now that you are on your way to writing some wonderful blogs here on AR,  you will find time flies and you will wonder where it all went. Have fun!

Jan 23, 2009 10:12 AM
Mott Marvin Kornicki
Waterway Realtors® • Notary Public & Apostille - Sunny Isles, FL
Miami Notary & Apostille 786-229-7999


Welcome to Active Rain- enjoy the journey. Staging is more and more becoming

a necessary element to successfully selling a property. Keep on contributing...

Reap The Rewards


Real Estate In Miami // Mott Kornicki // Associate | Broker

Jan 23, 2009 10:19 AM
John Mulkey - Waleska, GA
Housing Guru

Welcome to AR Sheila and congratulations on your first post.  Hang around here for a time and you'll soon discover a wealth of information and interesting people eager to help.

Jan 23, 2009 10:22 AM
Donne Knudsen
Los Angeles & Ventura Counties in CA - Simi Valley, CA
CalState Realty Services

Sheila - Welcome aboard.  I can relate to the way you can get lost in the whole technology vortex when you first start out.  I'm still a newbie to AR (since Aug 08) as well as the whole social networking world.  I also established a MySpace page but haven't gone a "twitter" yet (really don't see the value/benefit of that phenomena).  I barely have the time to devote to those two networks to get involved in any others.

As for realty tv, in reality is should really be called "unreality" because it is so "unreal".  As an active member of our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, I sometimes cringe when I watch Extreme Home Makeover and see them build these absolutely gorgeous, sprawling homes in seven days.  In reality, it takes us many months (avg. 6-9 months) to complete a very modest home for our Habitat families.

As much as I enjoy the show, I am well aware of the massive crews, materials, endorsements and funds that they probably have in order to do what they do.

Jan 23, 2009 10:36 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor


Good luck and happiness in your foray into technology. It's a lot of fun as well as work - but rewarding. :)


Jan 23, 2009 10:42 AM
Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh
Century 21 New Millennium - Upper Marlboro, MD
A doctor who makes house calls.

Welcome to active rain.  It can be incredibly addictive, as is facebook.  Good luck with it all.  Nice article.  I always say the same thing to my husband about those real-estate shows because even though I watch them they are usually quite unrealistic.

Jan 23, 2009 10:53 AM
Marsha Booth
Remax Executive Group, Inc., Marsha Booth & Associates - Vine Grove, KY

Welcome aboard the Active Rain Train!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  Congrats on your one year anniversary!  Your cake was wonderful!  Next time I bake one for you!

Jan 23, 2009 01:21 PM
Sheila Kennedy
J29 Project - Rochester, NY



That is a deal!  Watch out for flour on your face!  Hope you had a good day!

Jan 23, 2009 01:24 PM
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Sheila, Welcome to AR, Be a Blogholic and start writing your own blog soon on AR. All the best for your RE business. This is the right place for customers, friends, realtionships etc.

Best - Sash

Jan 23, 2009 10:02 PM
Sheila Kennedy
J29 Project - Rochester, NY

Terrie:  I can't believe it has been two months - I feel like I have spent most of it on AR!  Worth every second though!  Thanks!

Mott:  The rewards have been awesome so far - Not only have a learned so much, but I have even gotten a job from AR.  Love it - Thanks for stopping by!

John:  I love AR and thanks for the warm welcome.

Donne:  I love TV - I wish I could make it happen that way - maybe someday!  Thanks for the encouragement!

Steve:  The rewards have been great!  Thanks for your good wishes!

Stacy-Ann:  Addictive could be a good adjective!  I can get lost in both social networks!  Thanks!

Sasha - You are so right - this has been a great place to start new friendships and relationships.  So glad to be here.  Thanks for the encouragement and words of wisdom!


Mar 23, 2009 12:06 AM