AVA's CHOICE IN MY FIRST YEAR OF BEING A STAGER

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Today is the first year anniversary for UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES.

I was thinking about writing a blog re: the accomplishments in my first year of business: 

  • renovating and staging a home which drew lots of compliments and sold in our slow market on the Coast within 2 months
  • renovating and staging a condo, which had been on the market unstaged for over 6 months with no interest.  Staged, it had an offer in 6 days
  • re-designs that thrilled the home owners in BC and California
  • opening Ooh-La-La! - my retail outlet in Davis Bay - to showcase decor items and have the opportunity to meet and talk to customers, i.e. potential clients
  • gaining attention from local realtors, choosing to stage their listings for the first time
I am sure there is more that I am not recalling at the moment.....as I got a very pleasant surprise when I opened my email this morning to find out my kitchen design had been chosen as AVA LIViNG's Choice for the week of March 1st.

 

www.avaliving.com

 

I am so glad I have pursued a career as a home stager.  It is a huge thrill for me to see what I can do to get properties sold faster and to help people enjoy their homes more.

Here's to an even more interesting 2nd year of UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES!

 

 

STAGING IS FOR SELLING - RE-DESIGN IS FOR LIVING 

LET UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS 

SHARON CHARBONEAU - AVA'S CHOICE DESIGNER IN 2010

WWW.UPSTAGINGYOURHOMES.COM

 

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Rainer
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES

Hi Deena,

Thanks for your comments.

The retail outlet is in a fun place called Mosaic Market.  Each vendor rents a space and then kicks back 10% of retail sales back to management to cover expenses.  It is a great way for me to get inventory items @ wholesale prices and meet potential clients.  It is on the waterfront near my home so it's an easy walk when I am not loaded down with stuff to bring home or take to shop.  We all take turns working shifts so we are free to do other things, like staging.

March 01, 2010 11:21 AM
Rainer
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES

Hi Ginger,

Thank you for your kudos - much appreciated.

March 01, 2010 11:21 AM
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Kathy Burke
S.F. East Bay Home Staging
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA

Sharon....Congratulations!!!!  BIG accomplishment and I'm sure your feeling good about this new career!  And the "retail" space sounds GREAT!!!  Good for you!!

March 01, 2010 09:35 PM
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
"Staging that Sells Portland Homes"
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR

Sharon ~ Congrats on your accomplishment -- that is a wonderful confirmation that doing what you love to do is also helping others in your area!

March 01, 2010 11:35 PM
Rainer
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES

Thanks Kathy.  I am pleased.

March 02, 2010 01:37 AM
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES

Thanks Maureen.  It is a high to turn drab into FAB!

March 02, 2010 01:42 AM
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Congratulations!  Job well done!  Nice to have that first year under your belt, too, hmmm?  Now on to even bigger and better things!

March 02, 2010 10:22 AM
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Lori Kim Polk
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services

Congratulations Sharon. I like your attitude.

March 02, 2010 11:46 AM
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Debra Valentine
Utah Home Staging for, Bountiful, Salt Lake & Surrounding Areas
Designing Details ~ Staging & Design, LLC

Way to go Sharon! It seems you've been around AR for longer that one-year though - my how time does fly!

How cool and appropriate for your kitchen design to be featured in AVA Living. That will surely win you some additional recognition.

Thanks for sharing your work with us this past year.

March 02, 2010 12:06 PM
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Lisa McIntee
The Staging Professionals
The Staging Professionals

CONGRATS Sharon!  I am so happy to see you prospering with your business...it makes us all look good!  Love the retail concept - what a fabulous idea! Keep up the fabulous work....only your first year in business and you have accomplished so much - that's inspiring!

March 02, 2010 04:59 PM
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES

Cheryl,

Thanks for your comments.  Yes, I am pleased I have hung in there.  Finally some payoffs.

 

 

Lori,

Thank You!  I appreciate hearing from you.

 

Sharon

March 02, 2010 06:51 PM
Rainer
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES

Debra,

So nice to hear from you.  I appreciate your input and support.  Best wishes to you.

 

 

Hey Lisa,

Fellow Canadian.  It doesn't seem like much at the time, especially when enjoying myself.  It feels like things are going to keep getting better.

Best wishes from the West Coast.

 

Sharon

March 02, 2010 06:54 PM
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Birgit Anich
Connecticut Home Stager - Fairfield County, Westchester
Birgit Anich Staging & Interiors, 203.807.4040

Congratulations Sharon!!! These are great accomplishments.!!! And they say follow your passion and the success comes along....I can tell from all your posts and the big smile on your picture that you really enjoy what you are doing!! Best wishes of continuous success in the many years to come!

March 02, 2010 09:00 PM
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Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C
EXIT STAGE RIGHT

Sharon,  Way to go!  I love your energy, enthusiasm and "gung-ho" spirit.  It must be so satisfying to reflect on such a successful year.

March 02, 2010 10:57 PM
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES

Birgit,

Thank you very much for your comments.  I am definitely following my passion and loving it!!

March 03, 2010 01:21 PM
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
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Hi Sally,

You must be missing the excitement of the Olympic games?  

Thank you for your kind comments.  In hindsight I guess I accomplished more than I thought.  

Will you be at BM on March 10th?

March 03, 2010 01:24 PM
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Valanda Wilson

Sharon,

Congratulations! Your story is inspiring, especially for someone like me just starting out in the staging business. You give me added incentive to keep striving.

March 03, 2010 08:23 PM
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SHARON CHARBONEAU
UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES

Thanks Valanda.

It is tough starting out.  Hang in there and keep thinking of creative things you can do and talk to everyone about what you do.  

Best wishes,

Sharon

March 03, 2010 09:25 PM
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Julia Maher
Connecticut Home Stager
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes

Hooray, Sharon - thanks for sharing your story with all of us here on AR.  Julie

March 05, 2010 10:17 AM
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Ana Hitzel
Home Stager Inland Empire & Palm Springs
AccentPositives Home Staging

Congrats to you Sharon on a super year and many more to come!

Ana

March 05, 2010 02:53 PM
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