The process of getting ready to sell our 4 bedroom, 2400 square foot house in Connecticut was overwhelming and that is how we found out what it was really like to have our home staged to sell.
When we first moved in, it was just Colin and I. We had moved from a one-bedroom flat in London with two chairs, a bedroom set, our clothes, some books and a stereo.
Eleven years later, the move from our big family home now filled up with all our collected stuff and stuff belonging to four kids and a dog was just plain scary.
Moving a family is crazy overwhelming
Our to-do list was not limited to just selling a house… we had a great deal to think about in terms of timing, relocating, schools, kids activities, jobs and so much more.
So to help, I brought Joan in to stage the house and get the house ready for the realtor’s photographer.
Take a look at some of the finer points of our staging.
How staging your home to sell feels
Looking at these photos, I bet anyone would say “Why WOULDN’T you hire a Joan to stage your home?!”
I know right?! Our house not only LOOKED amazing in the photos, it looked and FELT great to live in afterwards.
Everyone — especially the kids! — truly enjoyed the re-arrangement of our things and living in the house in a new way. I truly WISHED we’d done it much sooner so we could enjoy our house as it is.
That being said, the process wasn’t a cakewalk. A one point Joan talked about making sure our piano was gone soon. Let’s just say: I didn’t intentionally shoot her with laser beams from my eyes! Joan took it all in and gave her best advice, letting us as clients manage what we could. This situation happened more than once.
Working with Joan isn’t stress-free: but that’s not because of Joan! That’s because decluttering and moving is stressful! Working with Joan actually makes the process very manageable. Her hands-on work and advice inspired us to ensure our house looked as good as it could for the photos and the real estate showings.
What did we do? We hired a painter to re-stain the deck. Colin built a beautiful island for the kitchen, we got glass repaired in a window and had new carpeting installed in the basement. All in ONE WEEK!
The Outcome of Staging Our House to Sell
Of course the outcome is what matters! We went under contract in approximately 3 weeks, a quick sale, boosted along by our experienced and patient realtor, Bonnie Reynolds.
When I first started working with Joan (I built this website for her), I admit I was skeptical of certain parts of her business. I wondered: does it really work? Over time working with her — now personally on the biggest investment of our lives — I can say: Joan’s Way works!
If you have any questions about the process of our particular staging, feel free to contact me directly. I’d be happy to tell you more.
Or reach out to Joan herself to schedule an appointment.