A Staged Stooge

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams of Central PA East

Can any stooge stage a home or does it take more than a sap? cottage style Lancaster, PA homeI learned it definitely takes more than a stooge to stage a home. I recently listed 26 Harvard Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603. This cottage style home definitely had vintage written all over it when I went on my first appointment. The large living room had red wool carpet which the owners believed was over 30 years old.

I suggested to the owners that a home stager would be a great idea. I contracted the services of Dawnell and Diane of Shape Up Your Space. They responded in short order and offered a list of suggestions to help put the best foot forward on this home. These staging suggestions were not made by a stooge, but a true professional.

You can only imagine the red wool carpet by looking at this picture. The hardwood now glistens. Green tiles were replaced by a more neutral palate. New paint was applied and the fire place was given a central significance. The blue tile walls in the bathroom were replaced by a bright, white bead board.

The owners of this property followed 95% of the suggestions, working hard and taking pride in their home. They definitely were not stooges in this staging process. Every once in a while you come across a seller who is serious about the sale of his/her home. In this case, I have a gem of a seller. Do not hesitate to contact a great stager when it comes to the sale of one of your listings. Do not be a stooge.

26 Harvard Avenue, Lancaster, PA

26 Harvard Avenue, Lancaster, PA

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Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
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Cal, I'm using my imagination but still can't picture that lovely room looking anything but lovely.  Looks like you had a great stager and great sellers to work with.  Good luck with the sale.

May 03, 2011 12:50 AM #1
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Cal Yoder
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Thanks Leah! I hope to sale it in short order.

Cal

May 03, 2011 02:58 PM #2
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Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

The pictures are beautiful - your stager, your sellers and you did a great job! Bet it will sell quickly for you.

May 04, 2011 04:40 PM #3
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Michael J. Perry
RE/MAX Associates of Lancaster, PA. - Lancaster, PA
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I've used Shape Up Your Space to stage and help declutter several listings.

May 04, 2011 05:27 PM #4
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Cal Yoder
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Thanks Joy for stopping by and your well wishes.

Glad to hear you have been served as well, Mike.

Cal

May 04, 2011 06:26 PM #5
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Michele Myers
Prudential Homesale Services Group - Harrisburg, PA
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Proper staging and professional photos are the key, and you know that.  Good luck with the listing!

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Cal Yoder
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Thanks Michele. Have a great day!

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Cal- great sellers and good work by your team.  (you should make this post public) so that other sellers will "get the memo"

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I do not know of any stagers in our area. I am thinking about taking a class on it. Not to become one, but since we don't have that option right now. It would be better than nothing!

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