Sometimes You Just Have to Move On

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Home Stager with GreatStages Home Staging and Redesign

I have always enjoyed helping people and my careers have reflected that passion in me. For me, staging involves far more than good taste and an eye for design. I truly get deep satisfaction when my clients and I form a strong partnership and I help them succeed far beyond their expectations. Whether the outcome is a quick sale at a higher than expected price or just living more comfortably in their space, I get a real kick out of it all.

Emotionally invested - yes, I guess you can call it that, too. What fun would it be if I didn't get so excited and passionate about the possibilities that can be created? Some jobs you just know are going to be a success if you can get your hands on them.

 

I recently had a consultation with a homeowner on a vacant listing. Where do I begin? Over 430 days on the market, few showings, one comment and no offers. Perhaps it was the lime green kitchen. Maybe it was the deferred maintenance evident throughout the house. Possibly the poor workmanship evident from previous DIY projects around the home. Even with all of these issues, I began to feel excited with all of the positives that we could build upon. Miles of views, acreage, interesting architecture, outbuildings galore, infinity-edge pool, etc. etc. The new agent had made professional staging a contingent factor in taking the listing. I gave a great consultation, gave a very good bid and then received a note from the homeowner stating that due to all of the work needing to be done per the realtor's and my recommendations, they would be staging the home themselves to save money.

 

I graciously wrote a note wishing them luck and reaffirming my availability should they have second thoughts. Part of me is really sad, as I knew that I could help make a difference. The other part says move on, and looks for the next great thing, working with people who get it that professional staging works and that they nearly always will save lots of time, heartache and money by utilizing a stager.

 

Sometimes you just have to move on.....

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Rainer
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Val Allocco
HSE; ASHSR - Home Stager, for Manhattan, Brooklyn & Long Island
Staged 2 Sell New York & Long Island

Kathy,

I 'feel' your pain - been there, done that!  Did you give the client a 'written consultation' where, at least, your ideas could be utilized?

Just remember, that you "can't win them all" and any help that we render, is a step in the right direction!

Hang in there, Kathy!

VAL

July 12, 2007 08:29 PM
Rainer
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Suzanne Bennett
Sold By Design- St. Petersburg
Sold By Design

ah yes, this sounds very familiar.  I've had the same thing happen a few times myself.  I did like you and sent out a thank you/good luck card.  I haven't had anyone change their mind and call me back yet, but you never know.........

A better opportunity awaits you as you ride off into that sunset!

 

July 12, 2007 09:17 PM
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Kathy Alexander
Home Stager Camas WA, Home Staging Southwest WA
GreatStages Home Staging and Redesign

Yvonne, Karen, Val and Suzanne - Thank you all for your comments. I am sure that every stager at some point has had this happen. I think we just have to accept that we did our best and move on to the next project.

Val, yes I did provide a written consultation. While I think it gives the owner a good starting point, I don't have much confidence in her ability to turn out a very polished product. The agent is planning a big catered all-weekend bash when the property is ready for the market again. I am hoping that if she isn't satisfied with the final outcome, I may get a call to come and tweak it just for that weekend.

July 13, 2007 12:38 AM
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Maureen Maureen
Kathy - It is the worst when you do a bid or consult and don't get the job for one reason or another.  I did a vacant bid recently - the home sold 2 days before I was scheduled to do the job.  I had the entire thing done in my head - it was going to be beautiful.  You win some, you loose some.  Hopefully by the years end we win more of them!
July 24, 2007 08:52 PM
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Kathy Alexander
Home Stager Camas WA, Home Staging Southwest WA
GreatStages Home Staging and Redesign
Maureen~ It is such a coincidence that you posted this tonight! I bid on a vacant on Friday, got the job and was supposed to start tomorrow. This house had been on the market for months, had over 50 showings and not one offer. I just had a phone call that they received an offer tonight that looks good! Hopefully my point will still stick with them that if they had just staged professionally at the beginning, there probably would have been many other offers much sooner.
July 25, 2007 12:25 AM
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