What I Learned from Staging 9,000 Homes

While the world adjusted to home schooling and earning a paycheck from the dining room table, houses were flying off the shelf. As I was fond of saying, “I want buyers arm-wrestling for your home in the front yard!” And they did!

The homes I staged for my beloved and savvy agents (you know who you are, and thank you!) saw multiple offers, with final sale prices thousands over asking. It’s a team effort: the agent, the seller, the stager, all doing what’s necessary for that one shot to get top dollar.

It was during lockdown, while perfecting my remote staging service, that I tallied my 9,000th home. To celebrate this milestone, here are a few interesting things I learned along the way:

  • A screened-in porch will buy a lot of forgiveness for dated wallpaper.
  • I’ve identified Cynthia’s Law of Surfaces: If you have a surface, it WILL get covered.
  • Any clothing at the bottom of a stack can probably be donated.
  • Walk-in pantries create the most inefficient kitchens.
  • The Goldfish Theory is alive and well. It states that “We grow to the size of our container.”
  • Plastic bins and storage units allow us to keep more useless stuff for far too long.
  • The older we become, the older our adopted pets should be, so that they don’t outlive us.
  • Adult children living rent-free are not motivated to see a quick sale.
  • There are people who favor blue and people who favor green, and strangely there are more Green People than Blue People.
  • It’s easier to spend $50 ten times than $500 once on home décor, but it’s the $50 items you’ll find in garage sales.
  • Some of the best deals in life are the ones we DON’T get.
  • Fewer than 20% of kitchens and bathrooms are set up efficiently.
  • We unpack and wherever something lands is often where it stays. Forever.
  • We own generations of items that stay in storage and are never used.
  • 95% of everything we own in our lifetime will end up in a landfill or with strangers.
  • When tossers (people who get rid of stuff) pair up with keepers (people who keep everything), it can become a constant source of friction (not the good kind).
  • Because we know where everything is located in our home, we’re managing it twice, both physically and mentally.
  • “Maintenance-provided” simply means that we’re paying someone else to mow grass and shovel snow.
  • Metal file cabinets are often just well-organized trash cans.
  • Unless you want a lifetime gift supply of a collectible, don’t display it.
  • Sometimes the best way to complete a project is to let it go.
  • We regularly use only 30% of our stuff.
  • Tile will date a home faster than anything; we know exactly what era it was installed.
  • Hardwood floors will always be timeless.
  • To save a marriage, some people have a child, others buy a new house.
  • We leave our expensive vehicles out in the elements in order to store a few thousand dollars’ worth of junk in our garage.
  • Buyers often assign a nickname to a home, and rarely buy one they make fun of.
  • Our homes usually reflect what’s going on inside us.
  • We all have more coffee mugs, flower vases and rags than we’ll ever use.
  • Trends come back around, but there’s always a tweak. Brass may be back, but it’s not the bright version.
  • Matching clothes hangers make me happy.
  • Just two hours of my home staging expertise costs far less than a price reduction of a home.

Home Staging is the best return on investment you’ll ever find in preparing your home to sell. Check out my expanded list of services to see how I help, and give me a call to schedule an appointment! It has been, and will continue to be, my pleasure to serve you!

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