Eye of the Storm
If you are considering selling your home, I implore you not to. In fact, if at all possible I suggest you run as fast as you can in the other direction - screaming at the top of your lungs & flailing your arms madly above your head for good measure. I make this suggestion because this past spring has really opened my eyes to what my main job is all about. You see, we decided to list our home - kids were growing up & moving out & the amount of space just seemed excessive for us. I arrogantly thought I had my bases covered…I’m a certified staging professional after all. Ha! Over the course of the last four years I have lovingly been giving client’s advice on how to go about getting their properties ready for the market. Downsize the amount of personal items, collections & clutter. Pack it up & store. Toilet seats down when showing, yadda, yadda, yadda. Simple, right?? Nope, not simple at all. Oh, I did all that was required according to my course direction, however what I was not prepared for was the overall time & commitment it took to keeping the house in top shape for the next scheduled showing. To all of my clients out there: past, present & future, I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for not booting my butt out the door after giving you lists of room recommendations to follow through on. Thank you for committing to the sale of your home & working diligently towards the end goal of the bright red rectangle that’ll sit atop your “for sale” sign. Not only can this entire process be physically exhausting, but mentally as well. I have now learned all of this first hand & will be a little more considerate and empathetic with future clients. I would also like to sincerely thank our realtor - who calmly explained to me my own advice. For believing in the home staging process. For not running away screaming & flailing…only slightly shaking her head in bewilderment.