5 THINGS YOU SAW ON 20/20 I PLEDGE NOT TO DO!

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Home Stager with Creative Eye Home Staging

Before I give my list, let me say that I am an ASP, and I plan to keep my designation current-I've always been modest, and "staging naked" just wouldn't come natural!  I also work with Kate Hart and pay her the same referral fee I give to any other stager who sends me a lead.  I am happy to do it and honored that she considers my work to be the high quality she would recommend.

I think there is little argument that Barb Schwartz has done more for the Staging Industry than anyone else.  Personally, I wish she would join forces with other industry leaders, but then again, she didn't become the successful business woman she is today by listening to me!

Okay, here goes, 5 things I wouldn't do:

  1. Bring a horde of people into your home!  (I will come with 1 or 2 assistants and make sure the entire home has cohesiveness.)
  2. Use Raffia.  (Or if I do, you won't notice.  It was described in class as "stager's duct tape".  Let's use it as such and keep it hidden!!)
  3. Spray your Lawn Green.  I just won't.
  4. Use anything in your home you will have to throw away the next day!  (I never got how those fresh-cut leaves and greenery, that will only last a day at best, are helpful.  If you have to replace it and clean up the mess it made, how has that helped you?)
  5. Show up with a bad perm.  (Okay, that was tacky.  Anyone of us over 30 has been there, and Barb's new "do" is great!!)

Anything else you saw you wouldn't do?  I'll be anxious to hear.

Kim Dillon, Creative Eye Home Staging

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Kym Hough, Staged to Sell

Ugh, can't believe they aired it again.  Yes, I was one of the group asked to participate. Thought it would be fun. Turned out to be good and bad. The good was that I got to meet some great stagers, bad was that it made us look like a bunch of idiots. Could my nose be any bigger on TV :)  I actually went to a bid on Monday night and the new client said she knew about staging because she saw a story on 20/20 last Friday night and she thought it looked great. My realtor of course said "Did you see Kym she was on it" Cringe. But it made the client happy.  Barb loves her greenery.  What they didn't say on air is that we had to go back the next day and cut and apply all new greens because they needed more shots and of course it was all dead. Ha!  We have come along way from table cloths over garbage cans, using fur coats for throws and rafia tied draperies. Thank goodness!

 

 

 

 

June 29, 2007 10:59 PM
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Kate Hart
Hart & Associates Staging and Design

Kim,

 Thanks for writing this post. I am echoing Terrilynn, you are brave to post this especially since you are an IAHSP President. Since showing that video in the classes I taught I have been reliving the backlash for 2 years- Realtors in our area still make jokes about the dancing and the sorority girls. I actually called and wrote ABC 2 weeks ago asking them not to air it because I feel it completely undervalues what we do as professionals. Those of us here on AR have worked hard for the past year/year and a half to give an alternative voice to the staging industry and combat stereotypes as seen in that piece. Is any news good news? I don't think so. Kym Hough I thought you looked great! Keep it up Kim D, as always you are a voice of wisdom, KH

June 30, 2007 07:38 AM
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Kim Dillon
Creative Eye Home Staging

Terrylynn & Kym, it was great to hear from some of you who were actually in the segment.  You brought up a great point about what they chose to air.  I'm sure had it not all been cut to show only the "rah-rah" parts, it would have been a more effective segment.

Kate & Terrylynn, I did hesitate a minute before writing this initially, but realized that was ridiculous.  I only said what we were all thinking!  And Kate, it is VP, not President, (not that it matters to anyone but the President--HA). 

July 01, 2007 06:33 AM
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Julia Fedak
Royal LePage State Realty

The never ending comment from the realtors who don't use staging;

"I'm concerned my clients will be offended if I use a stager, and lose the deal."

These shows educate; but they also hype the drama for ratings. Sellers get nervous about how they will be treated.

Julia

July 04, 2007 09:43 PM
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Isabel Gomes
Interior Decorator, Stager - London, Ont
Gomes Design
I did not watch the show, but h ave got the picture.  ASP's actually have a song?
July 05, 2007 06:11 AM
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