Archives for March 2012

St Paul MN Property Goes From Staged To CLOSED in less than 5 weeks!

St Paul MN Property Goes From Staged To CLOSED in less than 5 weeks!

The real estate market in the St Paul/Minneapolis metroarea is heating up and this staged home took advantage of that uptick in buyer activity.  This house  sold just days after I staged it and it is going to CLOSE tomorrow.  From staged to closed in under 5 weeks!

Imagine…no more mortgage payment, no more utilities to pay, no more property tax, no more costly vacant property insurance.  The very reasonable staging cost was more than made up with the quick close.

Homeowners sometimes forget to factor in the cost of doing nothing when they look at staging costs.  Staging this house  saved these homeowners thousands of dollars and gave priceless peace of mind.

Loft space after homestaging photo.

Oh, now I see how to use the space..Love it!

This property has some spaces that would be hard for buyers to visualize if left un-staged.  For example, the 2nd floor loft is very long, and has sloping ceilings.  It also has dormers and a staircase that breakup the floor plan. Left un-staged buyers would likely have figured it was too choppy to be very useful.

 

Stage Homed sold in less than five weeks

Awkward spaces benefit greatly from home staging.

Look what staging did for the space! Buyers can easily see how a queen size bed and two night tables fit easily under the low sloped ceiling. They can visualize a nice comfortable seating area at the end of the space, and the area that is separated from the rest of the room due to the staircase makes a nice office space.   It must have worked.  Selling properties in Minnesota in February is not the easiest thing to accomplish…but we did it!

If your property has rooms that might baffle a buyer, consider having it staged.  Staging is remarkably affordable, and can be done in a matter of days.  If you live in the Twin Cities metro area I encourage you to give me call at 651.587.5887 to discuss your project or contact me by email

Staging: Small Changes with Big Results

Staging: Small Changes with Big Results

Have you ever wondered, “Why Should I Stage My Property?”  You are not alone.  In my years as a professional Home Stager in St Paul,  I have met with  clients that were less than sold on the idea of homestaging, but went along with it because their Real Estate agent suggested that they do it.

When clients ask me the question; “Why Should I Stage My Property?”, I tell them to do it because some buyers are kind of lazy; if you make them work too hard, they will abandon you!

The bottom line is that many buyers do not have the patience or the skill to really appreciate a property that is not decorated well, or empty.  If they pull up a picture on the MLS of a property that looks  chaotic, dirty, dated or boring…they just move on to the next property.  CLICK!

I stage lots of vacant properties. Why? Because empty homes are not very interesting or informative to look at online.  Once they are staged, they are visually inviting and buyers can better understand the size of the room when they see it with furniture in it.

Take a look at these before and after photos to see what I mean.

An empty living room before staging.

 Before staging this living room looked tiny and difficult to arrange

 

Now buyers can imagine how they would use the space

Now buyers can imagine how they would use the space.

After home staging buyers can imagine how they would use the space.

Here is the same living room from a different angle. 

I bet you would never have guessed that the room was this large when you looked at the picture of it empty.  If your home is not showing well in pictures, consider having it staged.  Staging is remarkably affordable, and can be done in a matter of days.  If you live in the Twin Cities metro area I encourage you to give me call at 651.587.5887 to discuss your project or contact me by email 

Staging a Bonus Room: Before and After Pictures

Staging a Bonus Room: Before and After Pictures

A Day in the Life of a St Paul Minnesota Professional Home Stager

One of the things I like best about being a professional home stager in St Paul, MN is helping people deal with a difficult transition.  I moved 15 times by the time I was 30 years old.  I know how hard a move is on a family, but I also appreciate that good things often come from exposure to new environments.   I can add calm to the situation by having genuine empathy for what the family is dealing with as they embark on a move.

This family  had a very busy life: two professionals and two teenagers.  They were relocated across the country with very little notice.  They only had time to sort and pull what was essential for short term living in their new location; they did not have time to restore order. They called me in for that.

Home Staging Coaches St Paul, MN

In the flurry to move, everything in the bonus room was rearranged into disorganization.

The pictures tell the story of staging using only the furniture and accessories that were available in the home.

Home Staging Coaches St. Paul, MN

Using just what was available in the room, we created an amazing transformation.

One of the reasons that I am really good at my job is that I am passionate about taking something that looks like it is beyond repair, and making it new again. Check out my lamp transformation video when you have a second.

Staging is a very creative and rewarding occupation that requires lots of different skills.  You need to be able to work well with people, you have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and get dirty, and you have to have good business skills to keep your small business on track.  If that sounds like you…I recommend staging as a career without hesitation.

If you have a property that could use a stager’s expertise call me at 651.587.5887 on contact me using my contact form.

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How I Became A Home Stager

How I Became A Home Stager

I’ve been operating a home staging business in St Paul, Minnesota since 2005.  

I was one of those people that even in adulthood always had to answer the question:  “What do you want to be when you grow up?  ”With, “I don’t  know yet, I’ll fill you in once I figure it out.”

I now know why I couldn’t answer the question until I was nearly 40 years old…what I wanted to be…a Home Stager, didn’t even exist when I was a kid.

I went to college and graduate school and had a long and successful career in Corporate America.  I didn’t dislike my job, but I never felt like I was doing something that fed my spirit.  It was an ok fit, but not a great fit.

Then one day I had just arrived at my office, following a really dreadful morning commute, when I got a call that my sister passed away in her sleep.  She was just a few years older than me and her death shook me to my very core.  The message, life is short, became clear and loud…and unrelenting.

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I was a newly single, middle aged woman with a teenager and a 3 year old.  I was trying to balance work, and commuting, and a toddler and a teen.  I was keeping things together, but worried that if I suffered the same demise as my sister my toddler would only remember me as the woman who sometimes cooed, sometimes screamed,…”hurry up honey, we are going to be late.”  Something needed to change, and I decided to fulfill my dream of being self-employed.

As it turned out, my midlife crisis happened at just the right time. HGTV had recently launched a new show called Designed To Sell.  It was a show about homestaging. The show focused on helping homeowners  prepare their properties for the market.  It was a new concept for a Midwesterner like me, and from the first time I saw the program I was hooked.

I thank Lisa LaPorta and Clive (the original cast of Designed to Sell) for helping me finally answer the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  I wanted to be a Home Stager.

It was the right decision for me.  I love what I do, and my clients tell me that it shows.

Follow your passion, you won’t regret it.

Kindly,

Christi

www.homestagingcoaches.com

651.587.5887