You gotta love it when your clients write your blog posts for you. A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Whitney, an Atlanta home staging client. Here’s what she had to say:
Hi, Patsy. You came to my house in Atlanta back at the end of March or early April for home staging. At that time, we were staging thinking we might sell our house if we were able to make an offer on and buy a house about 1 mile away that we wanted. Well, last week, we signed the house we’ve loved for almost 10 years! So we are very excited. Our house just went on the market. We have had 4 couples look at it informally… I wanted to share with you that we received wonderful feedback from all of them about how good the house looked. In fact, the ones who went with a fixer upper just felt like there wasn’t anything to do to our house and the husband likes to remodel things! One person who came in said the our master looked just like a hotel. (Way to go, Whitney! Sounds like you did GREAT prep work!)
We bought that colorful art in the dining room due to your suggestion. In the family room, over the mantel, we commissioned a painting (we figured it was our 10th anniversary gift to ourselves in case we didn’t get the house–I think the new house is our new 10th anniversary gift!). We moved the TV which was in front of the fireplace and removed the extra furniture in the family room. I also made several small purchases throughout the house, bought a rug for the study, and hung all art where you suggested. I think the house looks really, really good. We just need people to come see it now.
I am a huge believer in staging now. Our real estate agent’s jaw nearly dropped when he saw the difference in the house after you’d been there. And it wasn’t bad to start with–just too much furniture and clutter. You earned every penny we paid you when you 1) moved that one chair in the living room to open it all up–my friends have all commented on that and 2) said that the TV in front of the fireplace had to go. My husband did not want to put it above the mantel–he just doesn’t want to look up at the TV. So, it was convenient for him where it was located but when he saw the photo of the room (even after we removed some of the furniture you recommended), it was obvious that the TV just looked bad. We removed that big TV, purchased a smaller flatscreen and put it to the side on the shelf. We also bought a colorful painting on your recommendation and put it above the mantel. I also removed some of the books from my bookshelf (my prized possessions). What honestly looked okay in person but didn’t photograph well now looks really good. The room almosts looks like it’s twice as big.
We are supposed to close on the (new) house at the end of July. Do you think you’ll have a day or two in August to come help me arrange my house? (Are you kidding me? I live for this stuff!) You did such a marvelous job of helping with the staging that I think it would be very helpful to have you help me figure out where things should go.
I’ve enjoyed reading the newsletters you send out. (Okay, that’s one person who enjoys my newsletters!) You really gave me a lot of confidence as we decluttered and organized this house. YOU should see how great our closets look now!
Whitney, you are too much! It was a pleasure working with you to stage your Atlanta home and prepare it for the market. I applaud you for going “above and beyond” in your preparations and know that you will reap the rewards. And, once again, thanks for writing my blog post for me! How much do I owe you?
Here’s a final comment from Whitney I received in a follow-up email:
I think staging is good for the economy because it has to help sell houses and that’s good for everybody!
Whitney — have you thought of running for President? It’s not too late to throw your hat into the ring!
If you want your home to glow, the colors to flow, and the clutter to go, contact Patsy Overton Interiors. 770-843-2307 Accredited, Licensed, Insured.