Proof is in the Staging - Home Star Staging

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Central TX License #0583719

Proof is in the Staging - Home Star Staging


Front view of PropertyThe listing had been on the market for about two months with one of those months being December. Come January though the activity really picked up and we had more than our fair share of showings. Feedback was positive yet there always seemed to be some something that we could not get an offer.

After more than a dozen showings the seller was getting a little anxious about no offers. We settled in at the dining table for a full discussion about a new approach. Our goal was how to go about attracting an offer.

It was apparent that we were missing something. The home was presentable - clean and well-maintained. But it wasn’t enticing an offer. I suggested to the seller that perhaps we were missing the “Wow” factor. You know, wow I really can see me living here.

First on the agenda was to tackle how to  improve the curb appeal. Looking at some pictures I had on-hand showed that the it was past time to trim and shape up the hedges in the front of the house. They had become a bit wooly looking.  What a difference that made!View of Front Prior to Trim of bushes

Items cluttering up the small front porch entry were removed to another area. Silk flowers were bought and placed in the basket on the wall along with a pot of flowers placed beside the front door. Since the front of the house is almost always cast in a shadow a wreath adorned with white flowers was added to the front door. It was the final touch that drew an observer’s focus to the front entry making it more inviting.

But when we began to tackle the interior I realized quickly that we really needed the help of an expert inside the home. That is when I sent a plea for “help” to Karen Otto, Home Star Staging.  Even though Karen was preparing to leave on a trip to Las Vegas for the RESA conference she quickly agreed to come to my rescue. We talked briefly on the phone and the next day Karen showed up at the house armed with her props and the wonders that she is so capable of achieving.

You can see by just the two photos that Karen did an awesome job in the home. In fact, it was so well-done that the very next showing we received an offer. WOW! It took a few days to work out the details but as of this writing we are under contract!

View of Front living area following stagingView of front living area prior to staging

Thank you, Karen for your willingness to help and for being the awesome professional that you are. I had asked my seller before we listed about staging and they were reluctant. I can honestly say now that “the proof is in the staging!” And on my next listing appointment I will include this testimonial to the wonders of staging especially when done by Home Star Staging - Karen Otto, one of Activerain’s finest contributors. Karen, I and the client are most grateful.


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Sally Weatherley
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Teral - So glad to hear you had such a great staging experience.  Karen Otto is one of the best in the field, so you were in expert hands!

February 10, 2012 02:50 PM
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It never ceases to amaze me how staging can make the difference between buyers "liking" a house and them buying it... great job to both of you.

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Teral- thanks for writing this great testimonial to staging and in particular to the talents of Karen Otto and Home Star Staging!  

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Teral, I love the new approach you suggested to the seller. Karen is awesome. Congrats on your team work success.

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Karen O is so outstanding on sooooooo many levels at soooooo many things.  One of my personal heros.

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