By Audra Slinkey, Home Staging Resource
A lot of people don’t realize just how much home stagers do for their clients. Certified professional home stagers are true artists and will go to great lengths to get that “right look,” as well as help seller’s maximize the return impact on the sale of their home.
Here are two, behind-the-scenes staging stories that show you how far your home stager will go to GET IT DONE RIGHT…
You may have seen this unique residence in your news stream a while back, but did you consider how it got staged? It is on an island just off the Connecticut coast and the residence spans the entire three-acre island.
There were five houses to be staged (a main house, guest house, tea house, game house, and pool house.) The real kicker is that the caretaker’s boat had weight restrictions and could not hold couches, beds, or larger pieces–so the stager had to be creative!
HSR Certified home stager Leia Ward of LTW Designs in Fairfield County is the brave home stager who took on this property, and using only accessories, staged it beautifully! Here is a photo of her loading up the boat with all her gorgeous furnishings.
Imagine how hard it must have been to crate all of those items over two docks, open sea, and yard space using just the wheel barrel you see here!
Leia and her team staged all day and into the evening but the outcome and sale of the home is what drives dedicated stagers like her.
Since staging outdoor spaces has become much more critical to buyers, Leia makes sure no stone is unturned using what the client had and adding many more accessories to update the look.
My second story entails a home that most people had given up on…
Looking more like an Amityville Horror Movie, this home had been neglected and abused for years and unfortunately the inside was not much better…
When RESA Stager of the Year, HSR Grad Brad Fletcher of the Home Staging Pros in Orlando, Fla. got a hold of this property … everything changed!
The transformation is unbelievable, and it’s hard to envision this is the same house! Updated flooring, paint, fixtures, A LOT of clean up, and staging makes this a home that buyers will pay A LOT more for!
Professional home stagers make this kind of magic happen every day for their clients. They are tireless, they are dedicated, and they are worth every penny.
Buyers beware … not all home stagers are equal. Is Walmart equal to Restoration Hardware in quality and design? It’s not about getting the best price for your sellers; it’s about getting the best return on their investment. Brad and Leia are stagers who do just that.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Audra Slinkey is president of the Home Staging Resource, a RESA Accredited home staging training and certification company. Slinkey has personally trained over 3,000 stagers worldwide and is a bestselling author and international speaker. She also serves as president of the American Society of Home Stagers and Redesigners. Connect with her on Facebook!