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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Staging Hacks and More...

                                   
LR & DR
Living Room, Dining Room in Beach House Budget Staging
Encouraging story for homestagers, agents and homeowner's...

We recommended some inexpensive updating for this 70's style house in Atlantic Beach. Original everything! White 12"  floor tile throughout the downstairs.

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Let me start at the beginning. The homeowners initially declined updating and staging because they thought their proximity to the ocean, a few blocks away, would more than make up for it. After many months on the market with NO offers, they called me back, thanks to a pro-active agent. 

Living Room

Kitchen and baths had not been touched in years, so you can imagine... orangey oak cabinets, formica counter tops and the white 80's tile flooring.

For the kitchen, we did a white marble subway back splash with white granite. The cabinets were painted SW Panda White.


The cost and mess of the floor tile removal was avoided by choosing the new Luxury Vinyl Planking in a wood style that matched the existing wood floors upstairs. It's thinner and can be installed over the tile. It was a fraction of the cost of tile removal and replacement with wood. 

Kitchen

After updating and staging, it went on the market at a higher price and sold in 11 days. Yay!!
Video of project...Beach House Video
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Some of my favorite hacks:
1. Look through a camera lens to determine if the curb appeal is going to need enhancing. Spend $50 on annuals so the first picture pops.

2. Check under sinks in baths and kitchen for clutter. Use baskets to contain any products.

3. Use Design Master floral tint to camouflage a brown grass spot on the lawn. Get it at Michaels.

4. Nature's Miracle is a wonderful pet stain remover. 

5. Cedar blocks will deodorize closets. Cedar shavings in a zippered dog bed will deodorize the dog and repeal fleas.

6. Flavored coffee beans in a decorative container will make the kitchen smell like cookies are baking. The fragrance lasts for months.
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Testimonials about the updated online certification class: 

Becky, 
  I just completed the home staging courses last night.  Thank you for offering the class online.  My heart's desire was to come to the classes in person and I thought surely they were not going to be nearly as good online.  I am happy to report the online courses were really great! I especially liked the videos. It was just better when I could see you when you were speaking.  I am certain I will be referring back to my manual again and again.  
  Thank you for your entrepreneurial spirit and heart for wanting to share your talents to help other people grow!  
   Here is to happy home staging for years to come!
 Sincerely, 
 Tawnya Langston
Columbia, South Carolina

Good-morning,
I just completed the Staging and Redesign online course. I want to tell you that I was a little concerned with getting the online course being I am a visual and hands on person however, you were very detailed and answered every question I had about staging! I enjoyed watching the videos as well
Thank you Becky, 
Jasmine Graham

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Calling all former Students and Class Graduates...
So many of you have called about access to the new, updated online certification class with all the newest forms, videos, business info, etc. Lots of changes are in the business section, social media, marketing. Yes, any former student grads can have lifetime access to our new online portal. Whenever a new webinar or video is created, it will be on the site. It's $100 one-time payment. Most of the other trainers in the US charge an annual fee to have permission to continue to use their logo and have access to updated curriculum. The price will increase in a few months. You will be given a code to gain access.

Graduates Online Lifetime Access $100 
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Happy Valentine's to my Sisters

Friday, January 6, 2017

Color Forecast for 2017, HGTV Dream House

                                  St. Simon's Island Lighthouse
I am so excited about 2017!!! We had our biggest year ever and reports from our staging network of grads is very encouraging. Many are expanding, hiring more stagers and designers to be able to keep up. One of our young success stories you may remember is Kristy Anderson from Tampa. She is speaking at the RESA convention and is the proud winner again of the Top Five Stagers in the US.

Many are finding Redesign to be their money-making niche. Becky Robbins Designs from St. Louis is hiring designers and moving into new offices this year. So proud of all of you out there. One thing these two super stars have in common is frequent posting on Social Media. 

As for color trends, I have been browsing the new forecasts available online and through my ASID resources. Here in the south, we are slow to embrace new trends. I hear things like, "I just can't let go of gray and light blue." 

Some of the newest colors won't make it to our conservative city, I'm sure. The color of Mac and cheese.... Please. Not in my house. And deep violet purple, I don't think so.

I do like the movement toward deeper, stronger hues. I have my favorites and they can all be seen on the HGTV Dream House for 2017. Find it On Demand or online. This year it is located at nearby St. Simons Island, Georgia.
 

You will see shades like the color of the year, Poised Taupe SW 6039 and accents of shades like Manea Baja SW 9685, a darker, muted teal. Yum! These colors and lots of exposed wood and texture with white sofas can be seen in the family room.

The kitchen backsplash is a deep Coke-bottle green subway tile. I like it! Neutrals and browns scattered around seem to make it work. The forest greens and textured whites together are making me happy. Dreamy!

The indigos leaning into soft navy make the pool/game room come alive. There is a bit of deeper muted periwinkle in the house also. 

Yes, there's wallpaper (silent scream). Just when you think you've removed that last little bit of wallpaper from the planet... It's baaack! Actually, it's been back for awhile in designer circles. So different, though.

Go see the HGTV House in St. Simon's Island if you are in our area. I can't wait to see it in person. Add intensify your colors at home. It's about time!

             Picture with my sister from my class reunion this summer.

Thanks for joining us. I will end this newsletter with some unsolicited testimonials that just came in the last week from several of our new online format attendees. 

Also, we still have space in our January local class starting the 17th. Email me to hold you a spot. Email Becky

Becky, 
  I just completed the home staging courses last night.  Thank you for offering the class online.  My heart's desire was to come to the classes in person and I thought surely they were not going to be nearly as good online.  I am happy to report the online courses were really great! I especially liked the videos. It was just better when I could see you when you were speaking.  I am certain I will be referring back to my manual again and again.  
  Thank you for your entrepreneurial spirit and heart for wanting to share your talents to help other people grow!  
   Here is to happy home staging for years to come!
 Sincerely, 
 Tawnya Langston
Columbia, South Carolina

Hey there Becky,
  I am all finished taking the course as well as the self assessment ;)
What a wonderful course, it truly helped me get my business up and running...
  Be on the look out for my business, we are going to be amazing.
 Sun and Splendor Home Staging
 Tag line: From staged to sold...
 I am also a licensed Realtor
 Katie Roddy
 Berkshire Hathaway Home Services
 Florida Network Realty

Good-morning,
I just completed the Staging and Redesign online course. I want to tell you that I was a little concerned with getting the online course being I am a visual and hands on person however, you were very detailed and answered every question I had about staging! I enjoyed watching the videos as well
Thank you Becky 
Jasmine Graham

Online Class Info


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 If you are an existing student grad of any of our certification classes, you can attend the new online class with all the new forms and content. The whole class has been videotaped, so it's more like being there. 

It's $100 for grads for lifetime membership with unlimited access to everything that's new and updated now and in the future.  Send the date you graduated. 
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Also, let me know if you are interested in any of our early 2017 Jacksonville classes. They are filling up quickly.  

Our local RESA meeting is Wednesday, the 11th at 10:30 to 11:45 AM..
10599 Deerwood Park Blvd.
Jax. FL 32216

Our meeting agenda is the Sherwin Williams Color Forecast for 2017. Plan to join us. RSVP decoratingdelight@gmail.com All are welcome.

Happy New Year to you and yours.

Have a Beautiful Day,
Becky


" It's never too late to be what you might have been."
George Eliot

Monday, December 19, 2016

Merry Christmas Gifts for You


Merry Christmas and Happy 2017

Is your spouse looking for a life-changing gift for you? Do you need a significant discount for this to be an option for you?

I have a gift for you. A box of our newest manuals came back with a couple of typos not corrected. I can't return them. We are getting rid of them with a crazy half-price sale on the online certification Staging/Redesign class. See sale details below...

The entire class is now accessible through a Members Only portal. The $750 regular price is reduced to $375 till the boo boo manuals are gone. (Unless you are an English teacher, you might not even spot the typos.) 

The class includes a download of our CD Power Point presentation for realtors or homeowners and all the latest contracts and invoice templates. We are adding the latest 2016 (with a few typos) copy of the manual till they are gone. 

Also, the entire class has been video recorded, so it's like sitting in the actual class. 

We also have an option for former students to take advantage of this new, easy online format to brush up on skills and see all the new videos and download all contract and form updates for $100. If you took the class before this January 2016, a lot is new. New videos and advanced material will be added as we develop it. This will pay for your membership for the next 2 years. ~ That's about $4.50 a month for complete access to all things new, now and in the future. Email me for the Pay Pal invoice form to pay for access.
becky@beckyharmon.com  


 SALE - 1/2 off Staging/Redesign Online Class - Value $750  
$375 total price (Yike! No Kidding!)
    
   * Complete Online Staging/Redesign Certification Class value - $750
         Instant access to all but shipped items 2016 Manual
     - (Price applies till we are sold out of manuals)

Email me for the Pay Pal invoice to order your certification class. Pay Pal has an option to finance the charge for 6 months without interest.

$375 for the Online Certification Class till the manuals are gone. Does not apply to previous orders.


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Also, let me know if you are interested in any of our early 2017 Jacksonville classes. They are filling up quickly. The students are coming from as far away as California, Idaho, Bermuda and Canada. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Online Class Sale + New Student Pictures




Beware! Staging Class will make you a shopaholic!!!



BEWARE!!!! Staging Class will turn you into an accessory shopaholic!! These student grads from our November class that ended last Friday discovered At Home before driving back to North Carolina. They nearly filled up the Suburban. What fun!! 


We toured my storage facility during the class and it inspired a shopping frenzy the day after graduation. The Vacant Staging section of the class has been completely updated. Just in time... vacant staging business for home stagers everywhere has been outrageously profitable... for stagers and the homeowners. 90% of our staged homes sell within 15 days. 

And to answer the question I get quite often from potential students: No, you don't need to own furniture to make money doing Vacant Home Staging. 


Connie Bolen and Tonya Robbins of Holden Beach, NC... you win the award for a FAST START race to the finish line. 

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See sale details below...

The entire class is now accessible through a Members Only portal. The $750 price is reduced to $500 plus for a short time, we are adding a 7 piece set of professionally produced audio CDs of the entire class, valued at $150. These recordings can reinforce your training as you listen while in your car. The class includes a download of our CD presentation for realtors or homeowners and all the latest contracts and invoice templates. $100. We are adding the latest version of the manual that includes all the newest forms, etc. Also, the entire class has been video recorded, so it's like sitting in the actual class. Value $1000.

We also have an option for former students to take advantage of this new, easy online format to brush up on skills and see all the new videos and contract and form updates for $100. If you took the class before this January 2016, a lot is new. New videos and advanced material will be added as we develop it. This will pay for your membership for the next 2 years. ~ That's about $4.50 a month for complete access to all things new, now and in the future. Email me for the Pay Pal form to pay for access.
becky@beckyharmon.com  


 SALE - 1/2 off Online Class plus amazing extras - Value $1000 
 Class + Extras = 
$500 total price
    
   * Complete Online Staging/Redesign Certification Class value - $750
         Instant access to all but shipped items
     
     + EXTRAS
   * 7 Hours of Class Recordings in CDs, Shipped UPS - value $150
   * Newest Manual, Shipped UPS value $50
   * Newest Contracts, Forms and Invoice Templates
   * CD Download of Realtor/Homeowner Presentation value $50
   * Updated Vacant Staging Presentation
   * Limited Quantity - (Price applies till we are sold out)


    Specials are not mentioned on the payment page but will apply till supplies are gone.

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Also, let me know if you are interested in any of our early 2017 Jacksonville classes. They are filling up quickly. The students are coming from as far away as California, Idaho, Bermuda and Canada. 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and yours.

Have a Beautiful Day,
Becky

" It's never too late to be what you might have been."
George Eliot


Preferred Vendor
Keith at the Carpet Man for Flooring
Installation in 24 - 48 Hours
904-803-7825
1988 Wells Rd., Orange Park


Transformations Staging & Redesign| 904-945-0093 | becky@beckyharmon.com | WebSite

Black Friday Sale + New Student Pictures



DECEMBER 2016

THE STAGING NEWS by Becky Harmon


BLACK FRIDAY SALE - 1/2 off Online Class plus amazing extras - Value $1000 
 Class + Extras = 
$500 total price
    
   * Complete Online Staging/Redesign Certification Class value - $750
         Instant access to all but shipped items
     
     + EXTRAS
   * 7 Hours of Class Recordings in CDs, Shipped UPS - value $150
   * Newest Manual, Shipped UPS value $50
   * Newest Contracts, Forms and Invoice Templates
   * CD Download of Realtor/Homeowner Presentation value $50
   * Updated Vacant Staging Presentation
   * Limited Quantity - (Price applies till we are sold out)

    Specials are not mentioned on the payment page but will apply till supplies are gone.

     See details below in red text...



BEWARE!!!! Staging Class will turn you into an accessory shopaholic!! These student grads from our November class that ended last Friday discovered At Home before driving back to North Carolina. They nearly filled up the Suburban. What fun!! 


We toured my storage facility during the class and it inspired a shopping frenzy the day after graduation. The Vacant Staging section of the class has been completely updated. Just in time... vacant staging business for home stagers everywhere has been outrageously profitable... for stagers and the homeowners. 90% of our staged homes sell within 15 days. 

And to answer the question I get quite often from potential students: No, you don't need to own furniture to make money doing Vacant Home Staging. 


Connie Bolen and Tonya Robbins of Holden Beach, NC... you win the award for a FAST START race to the finish line. 

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See sale details below...

The entire class is now accessible through a Members Only portal. The $750 price is reduced to $500 plus for a short time, we are adding a 7 piece set of professionally produced audio CDs of the entire class, valued at $150. These recordings can reinforce your training as you listen while in your car. The class includes a download of our CD presentation for realtors or homeowners and all the latest contracts and invoice templates. $100. We are adding the latest version of the manual that includes all the newest forms, etc. Also, the entire class has been video recorded, so it's like sitting in the actual class. Value $1000.

All of our contestants in our stager scholarship will get this special deal... no limited quantities for you. We are offering a limited quantity to others on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Our Grand Prize winner was Sue Bittner-Grassmid of Zeeland, Michigan. Congrats Sue!!

We also have an option for former students to take advantage of this new, easy format to brush up on skills and see all the new videos and contract and form updates for $100. If you took the class before this January, a lot is new. New videos and advanced material will be added as we develop it. This will pay for your membership for the next 2 years. ~ That's about $4.50 a month for complete access to all things new, now and in the future. Email me for the Pay Pal form to pay for access.
becky@beckyharmon.com  

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Also, let me know if you are interested in any of our early 2017 Jacksonville classes. They are filling up quickly. The students are coming from as far away as California, Idaho, Bermuda and Canada. 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and yours.

Have a Beautiful Day,
Becky

" It's never too late to be what you might have been."
George Eliot


Preferred Vendor
Keith at the Carpet Man for Flooring
Installation in 24 - 48 Hours
904-803-7825
1988 Wells Rd., Orange Park


Transformations Staging & Redesign| 904-945-0093 | becky@beckyharmon.com | WebSite

Thursday, November 3, 2016

5 Things Realtors Hate about Stagers

The information in this post is a combination of notes taken from a presentation at a recent Real Estate Staging Association seminar by Adrienne Lord, of Sell or Dwell, who is both a stager and an agent with Coldwell Banker. She completed a 2 year survey of realtors in our area. I added my own observations from 12 years as a stager and 10 as a certification trainer.

Some stagers are:
  1.      Vague about pricing, options too confusing, easier to reduce the price
  2.      Not savvy on electronic contracts and payment options
  3.      High maintenance about access to the property
  4.      Not reinforcing to
the homeowner that it's their responsibility to pay for the staging
  1.      Not certified and insured
 ~ Before you go any further, be sure to read down to the bottom to find out more about our much anticipated Newest Online Format. The entire class is now instantly accessible in a beautiful... see below for more details. ~
  1.  Agents seem to be fuzzy on our pricing and the advantages of partnering with a stager. Otherwise, they would be recommending us to every client. Last year, I was invited in to speak to a local RE office. One of their agents lost a million dollar listing because she hesitated when asked by the homeowner, "Do you have a stager?" Realtors... always say, "YES, we have a stager on our team!!" You need to have a stager's cards in your pocket at all times.
  2.  Stagers, pay attention: Get up to date on electronic contract signing and invoicing. Many of my clients who are homeowners and investors live in other parts of the country. I have 2 right now from California and Colorado. It's all in our training.
  3. Whatever you do, make it easy for the agent to give you access to the property. Go out of your way to get the key, if needed, and get gate access directly from the homeowner. If dealing with a stager is a hassle, guess what?? You will never get that 2nd job.
  4.  It's absolutely critical to let the homeowner know it's their responsibility to pay for the staging. In my opinion, this is the number one reason agents don't send stagers to all their clients. HELLO!! Stagers beware!! If your agent gets stuck with the payment, you'd better do the job for less if you want repeat business.
  5.  Stagers, pay attention: Get certified and insured, for crying out loud!! Please don't be a Debbie Decorator with no credentials. Anyone can get a business card and call themselves a stager. Homeowners beware; they're everywhere!  Agents today know they should ask about your training. Agents will not recommend an uninsured stager because the homeowner would have to make a claim on their Homeowners insurance if you get hurt while on their property. If the stager is not certified, they are mainly just de-cluttering. Anyone can do that.
Hopefully, this clears up any misconceptions and frustrations for stagers who are perplexed why agents are slow to embrace them. Let's be professional and become their best partner to becoming successful.

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GREAT NEWS ~ The entire class is now accessible through a Members Only portal. While we are tweaking it, the $750 price will reduced to $500 plus we are adding a set of professionally produced audio CDs, valued at $150, of the entire class. These recordings can reinforce your training as you listen while in your car. Also, the entire class has been video recorded, so it's like sitting in the actual class. Value $900.

All of our contestants in our stager scholarship will get this special deal. We are offering a limited quantity to others on a first-come, first-served basis. Watch for more about the scholarship in a few days. The winners of the free classes will be announced in just a few days.

We will also have an option for former students to take advantage of this new, easy format to brush up on skills and see all the new videos and updates for $100. If you took the class before this January, a lot is new. New videos and advanced material will be added as we develop it. This will pay for your membership for the next 2 years. ~

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 Also, let me know if you are interested in any of our early 2017 Jacksonville classes. They are filling up quickly. The students are coming from as far away as California, Idaho, Bermuda and Canada. 

For Real Estate Staging Association info, go to Facebook RESA-Jacksonville. Our next meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 16th at 10:00AM till 11:45AM. The SE branch library on Deerpark Blvd., next to the Sheraton off Gate Pkway. The meeting is all about personal security. Agents are welcome to attend. So plan to join us. RSVP here Open to anyone interested in staging.