Practice What You Preach!

Home Stager with Interior Motiv Home Staging

After giving out so many Staging Reports to clients it was now my turn to put my home on the market and see what staging could do.  First step before listing was to make the "dreaded" list - the Staging Report.  I being a professional stager thought my list was about half the length just because I like to live clutter free. 

We started de-personalizing so others could see beyond my family living there and most importantly, took de-cluttering to the next level.  We cleared out half of all closets, all cabinets and made sure everything was completely neat and tidy.  The laundry room got new baskets for containing detergents and the pantry was tip top with every can turned just perfectly with nothing on the floor to show ample storage.  The house was pristinely clean, cobweb free and had no pet odors (we have three dogs).  But one very important aspect of staging my house was that everything we didn't use on a daily basis was packed away and delivered to a storage unit off premises.  

Doing that took about 3 full days.  We were exhausted yet anxious to get it "show home" perfect for listing and new pictures.   Let's face it; if a Stagers house doesn't sell quickly, I'm in trouble, especially in my own neighborhood where everyone sees my car driving around and knows what I do!

So to make a long exciting story short...we listed with pictures on Wednesday, had 7 showings within a week and had a contract that next Sunday!  I need to mention that the houses around us are on the market several months and going on average at $92.00 a sq. ft.  Ours sold within a week and a half, at $103.00 a square foot. 

I do not say this to brag or pat myself on the back.  I say it so every seller out there can see the importance of staging.  I say it because every back breaking moment and my kids asking everyday if they have to make their bed today is WAY WORTH IT! 

Now if your house in on the market already or plan to list soon, you'll want to get a Staging Report.  Call a professional stager, call Cindy Richter owner of Interior Motiv.  You'll be glad you did!

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Comments (5)

Allegra Dioguardi
Styled and Sold Home Staging and Staging Training - Westhampton Beach, NY
Home Staging & Training, Suffolk Co. Long Island

That's a wonderful testament to staging Cindy. I had a similar experience when I sold my house last fall. People told me I was crazy to invest money in preparing my house for sale and no one thought I would get my asking price but I the first person who saw it. It is something to crow about!

Mar 14, 2009 02:27 PM
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Many years ago when we got ready to sell our house I did everything from top to bottom, it really did look like a model.  The Realtor listed and called that same day and said he wanted to show it.  They ended up making us a full price offer.  It was staged before I knew what staging was and sold the same day.  The Realtor not only got the listing but got the commission for the sale too.

Mar 15, 2009 02:07 PM
Cindy Richter
Interior Motiv Home Staging - Flower Mound, TX
IRIS Dallas, TX Home Stager

Doesn't it make you feel good to know that it looks better than anyone elses and to sell so quickly?!?!  I loved reading all of the feedback reports...shows great, no updates, clean and organized, buyers loved it.  So much fun!

Mar 17, 2009 02:55 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Cindy - Congratulations on putting yourprofessional staging experience to practical use on your own home.  I definitely feel that staging a home will help it sell faster and for more money.  Especially if other comparable homes are not being staged.

Mar 26, 2009 09:40 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Cindy -- this was a great story to read ... I must have missed it when you posted it.  Staging works, and your own experience just backs that up.  It took you three days but I know you and your family felt it was well worth your extra effort!

Apr 12, 2010 03:27 PM