In the midst of the sweltering August heat (90+degrees), on the third floor of a Midlothian home, a group a of local home stagers, realtors and designers from Richmond, VA painted, assembled, fluffed and hung to design a sanctuary for Lauren Cherry, a local 7-year-old pediatric cancer patient and her family.
I have watched the RESA chapter orientation webinar already, and I want to start a new chapter close to where I reside, but I am wondering about the work involved?
– Lori Tinella
Great question and thank you for asking. We’ve streamlined the process of starting a chapter into three simple steps.
The first step is watching the recorded webinar and agreeing to facilitate a local chapter kickoff meeting. We provide you with all the tools you need to make the gathering a success. We will send you a Chapter Kickoff Kit to review, you choose a date and location and we promote the meeting for you. The purpose of this networking event is to gauge interest and share the benefits of collaborating as a chapter to improve the staging industry locally by focusing on professional development.
The second step is to form a board. After the kickoff meeting, we encourage members and attendees to get involved, get into leadership and apply for a board position. Candidates are reviewed and if necessary members vote. Three positions are required to form a board per the bylaws; President, President Elect and Secretary. The other board positions available are VP of Membership and Treasurer, though these are not required positions, they are certainly good to have!
This home was built in the 70’s and although the homeowners had done some updating when they bought it, there’s still some to be done.
I did what I could with the areas that didn’t show quite as much of a “time stamp”. One of the rooms I staged was the office. I found blueprints the owners had professionally drawn up when they were looking at doing some remodeling. I laid the blueprints across the glass desk for staging.
I said to my assistant, “now if someone wants to know how they can remodel . . . the blueprints are right there”.
The home was listed with photos and the first showing was the same day at 6:00pm. The Realtor called to say that the buyers were looking around and talking about how to remodel to make a larger master suite. As they walked into the office they noticed the blueprints, and said, “oh . . . well here it is”.
The Realtor said to me, “YOU are a genius”!
Literally, staging with the blueprints helped show the buyers what “could be”.
The home received the first offer in less than 24 hours, eventually had multiple offers, all over list price and is now in contract with the first buyers who noticed the blueprints.
Story submitted by Lori Murphy, RESA Pro
President, RESA Columbus Chapter
Cynthia Riegle of Riegle Home Staging had the honor of staging a $20M historical manor, The Rapidan Estate, owned by Governor Jim Justice, along with the assistance of Johnathan Miller of Jsquared Interior Staging & Design. Riegle, an Expert Psychological Stager™ in the Richmond VA RESA chapter, brought in an eclectic mix of antiques and contemporary furniture to balance the old world architecture of this estate, which was auctioned off on June 20th.
2. Masking Tape – ” Besides for hanging art and making holes in plastered walls, I use it for holding bed skirts & towels in place, adjust a few millimeters on a nail while hanging art, tape on burnt bulbs to make sure they are discarded properly, make art stay in place, tape on bottom of decor pieces to prevent scratching surfaces… these are just a few uses, I always find more.” – Occupied Home Stager Of the Year, Canada – Monica Stanciu
3. Tape measure – “I go no where without a tape measure. I carry a 25′ tape measure in my purse and car plus a 31′ in my tool box. My whole concept in design is space and proportion so proper measurements for me is essential” – RESA Greater St. Louis Chapter President, Joyce Givens
4. Paint Toolkit boards – “My Paint Toolkit boards that I bought from The Decorologist. I have used them over and over for the last 2 years!!!” – RESA Greater Nashville Chapter President, Amanda Carlson
5. Minwax® Wood Finish™ Stain Marker – “Quick cheap fix for furniture, flooring and cabinetry nicks. Home sellers are always amazed how well this works without much expense or effort.” – RESA Board Of Director, Karen Otto
6. The HanggUp – “Perfect to hang just about any wall art. There are many other picture hanging models out there, but this one is so easy to use, small enough to fit into my styling tote and does the trick for any job.” – RESA Chicago Chapter President, Julea Joseph
7. Cordless Drill and bits – “With a drill and different bits you can drill holes and drive screws in different materials, like wood, metal, drywall and plastic.” – RESA Broward Chapter President Elect, Orlando Reyes
8. Sharpies – “Sharpies in every color…they fix chips in lots of colorful vases and accessories.” – Kristy Craig Anderson from Dwell Home Staging.
10. Monkey Hooks – “My go to item for all things hanging, easy on the walls, easy for the ladies to use. Also comes in handy for hanging things in cupboards and closets and positioning floral!” – RESA Atlanta Chapter President, Kimberly Ormsby