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Occupied eStaging Consultations

Updated: Mar 15, 2021

House Candy Home Staging offers Occupied eStaging Consultations through the use of technology as an alternative to in-person consultation appointments. It is absolutely possible to have effective occupied staging (& home styling) consultations by using technology.

Are eStaging Consultations Right for You or Your Clients?

There are more and more reasons today to have your occupied staging consultation using technology.

  • SHELTER IN PLACE - It may be particularly helpful if you’re looking to get a property on the market soon.

  • BUSY- Sometimes there are not enough hours in they day. eStaging Consultations allow you to work on this process on your own schedule.

  • NO STAGERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY - Not every community has access to expert home stagers, so this "Distance Staging" is a great option for some clients.

  • eSTAGING CONSULTATIONS WORK! My most recent e-Staging Consultation sold for full price in 2 days with a 21 day-cash-close. The home photographed beautifully putting the focus on the home's best features. The client was thrilled! Their review is below and photos from that consultation are throughout this blog post. Below are the before and after shelves where removing word art was recommended.

What to Expect - E-Staging Consultations:

  • Digitally send me photos of the house (email/text/upload). I will walk you through what you need to send.

  • House Candy Home Staging will prepare a detailed room by room report and email it to the homeowner. These consultations are value packed. Suggestions will be made for various improvements as well as styling suggestions to help your home better show for the camera and the, oh so important, listing photos.

  • We will go over the summary by phone and/or facetime.

  • If the seller or agent need any further assistance, we are available for any additional help they may need, like sourcing accessories, guidance on home repairs/modifications, scheduling an in person color consultation, etc.

How Much Do eStaging Consultations Cost:

  • The cost of an E-Consultation is the same as an in-person visit. $350 includes photo review, comprehensive checklist and a phone/facetime consultation.

Above are some before and after photos from a recent eStaging Consultation (click right arrow on photo).This room is stunning! Living in a home and getting it ready for a photo shoot are two different things. Many homeowners are talented at decorating, but they don't see what might need to be done to get the home ready for listing photos. Some suggestions I made for this room were:

  • Use greenery and bright flowers to draw your eye through the photo and toward the back of the room. This adds depth to the photo. (Before the items on the counters kept your eyes on the stuff not the features of the room.)

  • Remove most all items from the counter tops. Yes, even the pretty soaps! Pretty soaps are great or showings, but not the listing photos. These simple tricks really show off the stunning counters.

  • Fewer larger decor items are almost always better than lots of small items.

  • Neaten up coffee table and end tables

  • Straighten bar stools

  • Remove "red" items from cabinets. The red was competing for attention with the other more important features in the room.

Here are a few more before and after photos from the consultation (click right arrow on photo). Instructions were given during the consultation on how to show off the best features of the home by neutralizing the color pallet, where to add greenery, depersonalizing, placement of items for the best photos, adding vignettes and more.

Client testimonial - "We were a little uncertain about putting our 4-year old home on the market in a neighborhood filled with lots of beautiful new construction homes available to purchase. We knew our house had to stand out - it needed to be a home that felt new and fresh, yet had the comforts of feeling like a loved home. We needed it to feel different than all of the rest.

We wanted to hire Ashley Tapley with House Candy Staging for an in-person consultation, but unfortunately we live about 3 hours away and we were too squeezed on our timing.

Thankfully, Ashley offers her services virtually! We were not sure how that might work, but boy did it work! WOW!

We shared photos with Ashley of every room and she came back to us with valuable, bullet-pointed suggestions that were affordable and fairly simple to implement. Ashley’s keen eye for how each room in our home would look in photos, as well as her fabulous design talent, really helped us with our goals for staging our home in this very competitive market.

We had lots of interest just from the outstanding photos on our listing which resulted in two fabulous Saturday-Sunday Open Houses! We sold our house in just two days with a full price, cash offer and a 21-day close! The buyers, as well as others who were interested in the home, commented on how the house just felt good and was move-in ready!

Thank you Ashley for offering virtual services to us! We really believe your professional consultation helped us sell our home quickly and at full price!

Worth our investment without a doubt!"


Wendy & Lane Steinmetz

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