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New Hampshire Home Staging Consult - Homework Has Been Assigned

I recently did a home staging consult for some young sellers...two couples sharing a home.  Prior to the females moving in, the home was occupied by four or five males.

"Animal House" comes to mind.

Replacing a few dudes with the two ladies resulted in some improvement, but overall the house is in need of some major cleaning, decluttering, and a bit of furniture placement adjustment

house before staging

I was very impressed with the way these young sellers have approached the home selling process.  They did extensive research online and concluded that a home staging consult was their first step.

 What this house needs is a transformation from frat house to fabulous! 

I spent three hours with these motivated sellers, leaving them with a complete to-do list. 

They were energetic, open to all of my suggestions, and fully understood the importance of preparation and presentation in marketing their house for sale.

Shortly after my home staging consult, I received an email which said, in part:

"I would like you to know that we were blown away by your services.  It was far above and beyond what we expected.  We did a lot of reserach on our own in preparation for selling our house.  Turns out, after working with you, we realized that we were missing a ton of stuff...We appreciated your candid feedback as your constructive criticisms were delivered respectfully and clearly."

Once their homework is complete I will return for a follow-up consult.  I am very anxious to see the results of their hard work.




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Comment balloon 31 commentsSharon Tara • March 28 2011 08:38AM


I can't wait to see the transformation!! You were right Frat house...Totally

Posted by Suzanne Gantner, GRI, E-Pro, SRES, SRS, ABR (Sky Realty, Central Texas Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

Hi Sharon - Isn't it great when sellers take this work seriously? It sounds like you've provided a really good list. Can't wait to see some "after" photos!

Posted by Judy Klem, Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties (Transition Stage LLC) about 9 years ago

Good morning Sharon!

I cannot wait to see some "After" pictures! I am not surprise but the comments left from those people. Just by reading you here on AR, I am convince you were exactly what they are describing. You rock!

Posted by Lydie Ouellet Dickinson, Realtor (Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA) about 9 years ago

This is a perfect start for the sellers. Will be anxiously waiting for the results....

Posted by Shelley Roufs (Simply Staged Homes ) about 9 years ago

What a wonderful testimonial to the quality of service you provide!  (Although, I am not at the least bit surprised.)    :)D 

Posted by Laura S. Baker, Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc (First Weber Inc) about 9 years ago

Great job Sharon!  Loved all the info regarding the work as usual!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 9 years ago

Sharon - Isn't it wonderful when you have motivated clients who are anxious to follow any advice you have to offer?  Of course, the first thing they did correctly was find you as the consumate professional home stager to help them out!  Oooh, can't wait to see some after photos.

Posted by Sally Weatherley, Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C (EXIT STAGE RIGHT) about 9 years ago

I'd love to see the results too! We've rented to college students in the past so I can imagine the prior condition.

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) about 9 years ago

You have me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for the AFTER pictures.  Are you sure you don't want to move to north Idaho?  You're a ROCK STAR!

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) about 9 years ago

Anxiously waited to see the transformation! Nothing better than motivated sellers.  

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) about 9 years ago

Suzanne:  I'm highly optimistic on this one.  They really seemed to be highly motivated.

Judy:  These are the kind of sellers we dream of!  They did their research and they are willing to do the homework!

Valerie:  Needless to say, the testimonial went straight to my website!  I appreciate your kind words too.

Lydie:  I appreciate that, thank you!  I will update after the follow up visit.

Shelley:  They have a lot of work to do, including painting the exterior of the house.  They will have to wait for the weather to warm up a bit.

Laura:  Thank you!

Debra:  You can imagine how much work, but it will all be worth it if they want to sell the house.

Sally:  Sure beats the sellers who think they don't have to follow your advice because they "know what their house is worth" or the sellers who think buyers will just look past their mess and use their imagination.

Ellen:  I will update just as soon as I have anything to share. 

Janna:  If I were a Rock Star, I would just hop in my jet and fly on over whenever you needed me!

Cathy:  I am anxious too!  It's tough when you don't have complete control of the work being done.  I'll do the best I can with the results they give me to work with!



Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 9 years ago

Sharon, can't wait to see the afters! What a wonderful testamonial!

Posted by Peg Barcelo, The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC (Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369) about 9 years ago

Sharon--I love the quote from the email and of course it doesn't surprise me that you far exceeded their expectations.  I, like everyone else above, can't wait to see what they have accomplished with your input. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) about 9 years ago

Sharon, I am so happy for you that you have such a receptive client and their testimonial speaks for itself. Looking forward to the after pictures.

Posted by Anna Dovger, Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX (Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607) about 9 years ago

Can't wait to see how the Frat house turns out Sharon! It's always great when the sellers are motivated.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) about 9 years ago

Sharon - Yes, some major decluttering is in order. Is that panelling I see on half the wall? Will be interesting to see the after shots.

Posted by Judy Jennings, Broker - The Lanterns at Warren Woods - Ashland MA (The Green Company) about 9 years ago

Peg:  I'm looking forward to seeing the "afters" too! 

Janet:  Thank you!  I'll post an update as soon as I get back over there.

Anna:  It's always a pleasure to work with clients like this.  We had a lot of laughs, they are all very nice.

Janice:  I'm highly optimistic!

Judy:  Yes it is, and I suggested it get painted.  We will see.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 9 years ago

Sharon- I can't wait to see the "After" shots!  I love working with clients and their occupied homes.  I think once they do their "homework" buyers will have a better idea of what the rooms are really like!

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 9 years ago


OK you have hooked, I can't waiting to see the after photo's.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) about 9 years ago

Sharon ~ what a great endorsement of your excellent staging consultation service!  Like the others, I'm really looking forward to the "After" photos which I'm sure are going to look Fabulous!!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) about 9 years ago

Kathy:  The house has so much potential, it just needs the right preparation so buyer's can see it.

Lou:  Hopefully I won't keep you waiting too long!  They do need to paint the exterior, so it could be a little while before the weather cooperates.

Maureen:  It was an extra bonus receiving the shining testimonial...I never asked for one.  They are such nice people and I really want their sale to be as fast as possible.  I'll do what I can to get them the best results.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 9 years ago


Like everyone else, I can't wait to see the 'afters'.

We need more clients like yours! I just love it when our clients REALLY GET IT!

Posted by Betsy Shellman (Coeur d'Alene Home Staging Services, aka Staging Wizards) about 9 years ago

Way to create suspense Sharon!  Everyone is waiting to see the big reveal!  Don't you just love homeowners like that?  I know they were in the best of hands and can't wait to see the transformation!

Posted by Sheila Kennedy (J29 Project) about 9 years ago

Sharon--really amazingly smart young people!!  I can just see you spending extra time with them and I bet they thought you were not only smart, but kind and fun!  Can't wait to see the after shots!!!

Posted by Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE) about 9 years ago

Betsy:  I wish all my clients were exactly like them!

Sheila:  I am just as anxious as the rest of you!

Pat:  I did spend extra time with them.  We really had fun, and lots of laughs, mostly at the expense of one of the guys whose "stuff" seemed to be an issue in every room.  It got to be a running joke, and he was such a good sport about it.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 9 years ago


What a lovely email expressing the essence of what you do.  I am looking forward to the after pictures. A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 9 years ago

Alexandra:  It meant so much to me.  I always appreciate when someone takes the time to let me know they appreciate my work.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 9 years ago

Sharon how exciting it is to hear that young people are understanding using professionals to help them with their very expensive decisions.  That's awesome and it's even more awesome at how you impressed them with your techniques.  Kudos to you!!! 

Posted by Ginger Foust, Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging (Certified Staging Professional) about 9 years ago

Ginger:  Thanks for the kudos!  These are really great people and I can't wait to see them again.  It's so nice to work with informed sellers.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 9 years ago

They were fortunate to find you and will definitely benefit from your expertise NO DOUBT!

Posted by Ana Hitzel, Professional Home Stager Inland Empire ( AccentPositives Home Staging ) about 9 years ago

Ana:  Thank you!  I was fortunate to get to work with them too!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 9 years ago

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