Due to a family death, a client had one week to prepare a Tennessee home for Open House and Auction. Quick decisions allowed us to clear out all the personal items in the home-photographs of family, trophies, awards. Furniture was removed from every room allowing each area to seem larger. Dated window treatments were either replaced with inexpensive blinds or removed completely.
The owners were chain smokers and by adding Glad Plug-in in each room and adding fabric softener sheets to the cold air returns the smoke smell was almost unnoticeable. Fresh flowers the day of the open house presented a totally new home that sold that day for $15,000 over the market estimate.
This is the only time I will reveal a client’s identity…it was me. I have worked with clients for 12 years as they experienced what life and death brought. Now I know first hand what clients experience when loved ones pass. My brother passed 4 years ago and his wife joined him last spring. I know many thought I was moving too fast. I did keep some items that were special to them, but also allowed their friends to come by and choose their momentos. It is just “stuff”, but allow yourself to cry and enjoy the opportunity to revisit memories of a lifetime.
I did move faster than most because I live in Los Angeles and had limited time in Tennessee to get the work done. But the home was not on the market for a day, and sold at auction by Sam Furrow and my realtor Tom Pettitt of Realty Executives.
Now I am able to move on, enjoy the momentos kept, and not be cluttered with things that just do not mean anything to me. If you find yourself in the same situation, go at your own pace, but try to make quick decisions.
Staging can take place by just packing and putting extra items into storage. But remember this is a great time to really deal with extra clutter for good.
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