An opportunity to serve someone fell right into my lap this month. A home staging peer of mine, Paula Springer from Key Elements Home Staging and Interiors, called and asked if I was interested in volunteering my time to stage a home for a single mother with two children under five. Personal challenges forced this mom to place her beautiful, remodeled farmhouse for sale in the current real estate market.
Paula and I know not to be too concerned about the market conditions. We both have staged homes in the Portland, Oregon area this year that have sold in only a few days. Yes, with the right home staging expertise and a good real estate agent, homes are still selling fast in this market. Didn’t anyone ever tell you not to believe everything you hear on the news?
Let’s move this discussion back to our family in need. Paula arranged for four professional volunteers. Many hands make light work, so I worked with another interior designer, Paula, and a real estate stager re-arranging furniture, artfully hanging artwork and adding splashes of color and interest to the lovely farmhouse. We used the clients existing pieces as much as we could, and brought in accents as needed to complete the look.
The charming farmhouse is located on Grove Lane, just a few miles past Murray Blvd off Scholls Ferry Road. The home sits on 1.24 acres of land. When you drive up to the home, a tire hangs from an old oak tree and a fountain bubbles in the front yard. It reminds me of lazy summer days back in Indiana where I grew up. Inside, the home features a cottage look with modern day amenties including stainless steel appliances, a jetted master bathroom tub, a media room, and a separate entrance perfect for a home based business. Learn more about the listing here.
The home transformed before our eyes in a few hours. It was hard work, but warmed our souls.
Introducing Staging Angels. The current real estate market can be tough, especially for homes that aren’t artfully prepared for sale. As a design team, we have decided to begin offering staging services once a month to families in need. We are calling our team Staging Angels. If you know someone in need, please email me for more information. We will select one family to assist each month.
I sincerely hope this post inspires you to give back too. What expertise do you have? Why not serve someone in need this month?
Angela Todd and her design partners offer full service interior design and home staging assistance throughout Portland, Oregon. To learn more, visit her web site at: http://www.angelatoddstudios.com