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Murrieta Staging Success! House and furniture sold!




I was thrilled to learn that not only did this Murrieta vacant home sell in less then 1 week (see original blog Gettin' Busy Bloggin' ) after home staging with 1st Stage BUT the new owners wanted to BUY some of the FURNITURE  and ACCESSORIES also!!!  Can you see the smile on my face? :)

As a Murrieta, CA Home Stager I made the business decision to buy all of my inventory. Don't get me wrong, owning your own inventory has it's advantages and disadvantages. The main advantage for me was being able to offer competitive pricing.  The biggest disadvantage is moving and storing the furniture.     

The first reason why I decided to buy all the furniture and accessories instead of renting is because of the price.  I wanted to make Home Staging affordable for everyone.  I know...I know....Home Staging is an investment that pays for itself!  I agree.  The problem is that many home sellers in the current market can barely pay their mortgages let alone think about paying to market their homes for sale.  Owning my own inventory has allowed me to cut out the middle man and offer competitive prices. 

The second reason why I made this investment is because I wanted to offer the furniture and accessories to be purchased in the staged home. This makes it easy for the potential buyer.  They can already see the scale, color and design in their new home.  In this case, the buyers went room by room picking accessories and furniture that they felt was perfect for their new home. 

A happy ending for all!  The Realtor was the seller and buyer agent on this fast sale, the new home owners were thrilled that they could purchase the furniture and accessories.  And, this Murrieta Temecula Home Stager was happy that the home sold quickly and I didn't have to de-stage everything!  (My back is happy too!)  A Win, Win, Win!!!!

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Comment balloon 38 commentsJanice Sutton • August 20 2007 12:57PM


WONDERFUL Janice!!  My brother was trying to talk me into owning more inventory for this very purpose. (Still thinking about the moving back and forth thing!) I am thrilled that you were able to have additional sales with the staging job...and in less than one week!!  You go Girl!!  Regards-Kathleen
Posted by Kathleen Garvey, Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales (HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver) over 13 years ago
Congrats on a job well done! I have often walked into staged homes and wished I could purchase some of the items. Have you ever thought of offering items to people that don't purchase the home. Maybe offer to come and helpn them stage their homes with the new items (for a fee of course)
Posted by Cait ODonnell Donohue (Red Key Realty Leaders) over 13 years ago
Good for you.  It is a tool I am trying to implement.  I am on the process of evaluating companies vs.   doing it myself.   Thank for the great and possitive feed.
Posted by Edson X. Bezerra (Boardwalk Realty of Florida) over 13 years ago
Congratulations Janice on a wonderful job!  You go girl!
Posted by George Tallabas, Idaho Real Estate (RE/MAX Advantage) over 13 years ago

Janice, your pics look great!  And yes, I can see that big ol' smile on your face!  Well deserved!!!  How do you store your inventory?  Or do you sell it all, so you don't have to? ;)


Posted by Susan Smith (Rooms That Work LLC) over 13 years ago
Somebody doesn't have the v570 super wide angle Kodak camera! Do a search on ActiveRain for it.
Posted by FRANK LL0SA Esq.- Northern Virginia Broker .:. FranklyRealty.com (Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc) over 13 years ago
Janice- congratulations.  Lovely staging job.  I can see why the buyers wanted to purchase the furniture as it fits so well in the space.  I too have purchased a lot of my own inventory but mainly because I am not overly impressed with the rental furniture that is available.  Storage is certainly an issue and if the properties I currently have staged require de-staging all at the same time, I am in trouble!  My home will become a furniture store once again as I would be unable to fit everything into my storage unit.  Question for you though - how do you price the furniture that you sell, especially if it has been moved around a few times?
Posted by Cheryl-Anne Priest, Inviting Spaces - Staging Calgary (Inviting Spaces - Home Staging Calgary) over 13 years ago
Janice... congratulations! A win for everyone!
Posted by Jeff Turner (RealSatisfied) over 13 years ago
Congrats Janice....I hope that we will have the pleasure of working with each other in the future. When the situation arises....you will be the first I call.
Posted by Christopher Walker, Local Broker and Realtor - Hemet & San Jacinto, CA (Mission Grove Realty Inc.) over 13 years ago
Very nicely done!  Thanks for sharing your pictures!
Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) over 13 years ago


I think it's awesome of you to cut your prices and understand the affordability aspect of the business.  I think that speaks volumes about your character, and wish you were here in Arkansas!!!  Great post!

Ft. Smith Real Estate

Posted by Ray Nellum, Fort Smith Real Estate (Envision Real Estate Group, LLC.) over 13 years ago
What a lovely win, Janice.  You deserve it.  Your spaces are beautiful and your kindness in making the service available no matter what will stand you in good stead for years to come, I'm sure.
Posted by Juliet Johnson, Jacksonville Photography & Digital Marketing (Vizzitopia) over 13 years ago

Kathleen - Thank you very much.  You might want to listen to your brother on this one!  Start small and build as your company grows.

Cait - I have never thought about offering my furniture to people that aren't interested in the property for sale.  That opens up another whole can of worms.  Of course I wounldn't turn business away.  Just not sure I want to get into that market.  I love staging and helping people! :)

Edson - Thank you.  I love your name. Do you have a home stager in your area that sells the staged furniture? 

George - Thank you. This girl is GOIN'!

Susan - Thank you.  Those pic's are with my old camera.  I have been very fortunate in keeping my inventory in homes for sale.  This is the first time I sold any of my furniture. As far as pricing, all of my furniture is under 1 year old and has only been used only in vacant properties. So it is like new.  I have a great wholesale furniture company that I work with and my prices are very reasonable.

Jeff - Thanks for stopping by.  It means a lot to me.  Yes a win for everyone!  What more could you ask for.

Christopher - I would love the opportunity to help you and your clients.  I look forward to your call. Remember I work with occupied homes as well as vacant homes. 

Kathy - Thank you for the kind words.  Just wait till I start using my Kodak V705.  The pictures will be much better.

Frank - Wise man for noticing.  About 3 weeks ago I purchased the Kodak V705 which I love.  This home was staged in June B.K. (Before Kodak). Check out my post about it.  I'm in L-O-V-E! Check out these pic's.

Cheryl Anne - Thank you for the compliment.  I have had nightmares about all my furniture being de-staged at the same time.  YIKES!  Luckily I have always had another property in need of my inventory.

Ray - That is a very nice comment.  I always try to put the customer first and think like them.  It has really helped my business grow.  I have never been to Arkansas and I wish I could help you.  Maybe you can look in the AR directory to see if there are any home stagers in your are.

Juliet - Thank you.  It was a lovely win for everyone!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 13 years ago
Hey, way cool!  I sell a lot of retirement resort homes and a good number of them are vacant when listed. I was trying to convince them of the benefits of staging because just about every home in the community that a buyer visits is vacant...it would make theirs stand out so much more. 
Posted by Sarah Miller-Legg, It's Real Estate; Done Right! (Meridian Star Realty, LLC) over 13 years ago

Hi Janice - Staging does make a difference, that's for sure!  I sold a beautiful up-scale condo downtown here earlier this year, and it had been beautifully staged.  My clients bought this condo as a second home, and also bought every piece of of the furnishings that were used to decorate it.  A great easy move for them - no need to buy a thing except personal stuff, and a great win for the stager, too.  And it was absolutely beautiful to show in that condition.

Congrats to you on a successful stage and sale!

Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 13 years ago
Congratulations Janice!  I am buying my own staging furniture also.  There is not a place close to rent and the upper end homes need to have nice, new furniture in my opinion.  Nice job!
Posted by Susan Buchanan (harvey & associates realty) over 13 years ago
Excellent job! Killed two birds with one stone! The more I learn about staging, the more I get where I thnk I'm gonna need it one day!
Posted by Al Maxwell, Real Estate Agent (Keller Williams) over 13 years ago

Congrats! Sometimes it's difficult for me to part with my inventory though. It just takes time and effort to re-find those wonderful pieces!



Posted by Cindy Lin, Host, The Home Staging Show podcast (Staged4more School of Home Staging) over 13 years ago

FANTASTIC news, Janice!! I love it!!! I just WAIT for that day to happen!

This is why I think it is also SO important to purchase quality decor items...selling lifestyle, and maybe even decor items!


Posted by Julia Fedak (Royal LePage State Realty) over 13 years ago
Your photos look very nice. Best of luck.
Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) over 13 years ago

Hi Janice,

Congratulations! I still haven't decided if I want to own my own inventory yet or not. Your post might just help me decide :). Thanks!

Posted by Anya Gertenaar - Kelowna Home Staging (DECOROLOGY Home Staging and Redesign) over 13 years ago

Hey Janice

First I have to say HI...I missed emailing you, I kind of lost touch with your posts. CONGRATS on selling the home and your inventory. I  just went to destage a house and the clients were trading my stuff for theirs. It was funny. It went like this can we keep that centerpiece for our 4 kitchen stools...SURE it was great.

I have alot of my own inventory but how do you keep up? I have at least 3 bedrooms, 3 LR and DR's and 2 kitchen sets. The rest I have to rent, do you do any rentals?

Phyllis Pafumi

Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) over 13 years ago

Sarah - You are one smart women.  I couldn't agree with you more.  Just keep educating,educating and educating!

Ann - That is fantastic!  I would love to see some pictures. Thank you for the kind words.

Susan - Thank you.  In my opinion you can't go wrong owning your own furniture. 

Al -Thank you.  Wait no longer.  Stage first. :)

Cindy - Thank you.  I totally agree.  It can be hard parting with some of your favorites.   I have had to tell Home Buyers "That's not for sale". 

Julia - Awwww I can feel your enthusiasm! Trust me the day will come.  Keep up the good work.

Bob & Carolin - Thanks for noticing.  Practice makes almost perfect!

Anya - Thank you.  Glad I could help.

Phyllis - Girlfriend!  I have really missed you.  Glad to see you back. I was out of the Rain for awhile also.  But I knew I needed to jump back in and hang with my home girls and boys!   Keeping up with my inventory can be a challenge.  I have been blessed with never having to put my inventory in storage. I do have a few pieces hanging around the house. Regarding Rentals, I have met with two Furniture Rental Companies and I like their furniture it's the prices I hate.  It is still hard for me to get people to pay for staging let alone rental fees.     

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 13 years ago
Janice - everyone loves a win win win. Congrats!!  Great post!  :-)
Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 13 years ago
Excellent.  This is how they all should end.  I'me very into this staging concept, and am now buying books on the subject.  Thanks for the good post.  I gave you a 5.
Posted by Patsy Ittner, Your Premier Broker Selling St. Augustine Real Estate (Little Fox Realty) over 13 years ago


Is your furniture company local?  And do they have a website?


Posted by Stacy Cavanaugh (Stage and Sell by Stacy, LLC) over 13 years ago

Brad - Thank you very much. 

Patsy - I totally agree!  Why isn't everyone staging?  Cost is a big factor and I hope I am helping to limit the Sellers or Realtors expense.  Thank you.

Stacy -The furniture distributor  I use is about 1/2 hour away.  They do not go more then 100 miles out of their area.  If you are planning on buying your own inventory search online for wholesale furniture companies that you could work with. I was fortunate to find the one I did.  They are out there.


Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 13 years ago
Janice-Great job! I too buy all of my furniture and accessories. It allows you to reuse your inventory and pick and chose from your own supply. If the furniture does not sell with the house it pays for itself within two stages.
Posted by Ann Krewson, A.L.I. Designs; Staging Houston Homes; Allied Member of A.S.I.D. (A.L.I. Designs, Inc.) over 13 years ago

Excellent post. You are so right. Win, win, win simply makes the most sense. Congratulations!

Posted by Yvonne Root, Home Stager - Northern Arizona (rooms b.y. root) over 13 years ago

Ann- Thanks for the compliment. This property was a fun one to do.  You know you did a great job when you think about putting an offer on the home! I love having my own inventory.  Glad to hear owning your own inventory is also working out for you.

Yvonne- Thank you very much.  I agree it makes "the most sense." Now we have to get everyone else to think like us! :)

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 13 years ago


Great job with the staging, and making it look so good that they buyers wanted the whole package including furnishings!  That's a great success story, with such a fast sale too -- congratulations!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 13 years ago

Maureen - Thank you very much.  Let's hope there are more to follow! :) 

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 13 years ago

Janice, Congratulations on a beautiful job exceedingly well done......I love the pictures.  It's wonderful that you are helping out the homeowner by owning your own furniture and keeping costs down.....I rated this post a 5. Congrats on the gold star! well deserved.....


Posted by Jo-Anne Smith over 13 years ago
Jo-Anne - Thank you very much!  I got into this business because I love to stage and help people.  Since the market is hurting many home sellers I knew I needed to take it one step further and offer competitive pricing.  The 5 rating is much appreciated!  :) 
Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) over 13 years ago
This may be way off topic, but I just listed a house that needs a lot of 'Staging'  How does someone hire a stager, and what price range is it?  Basic info is fine......I know every house is different.  Good job on helping get that house sold.
Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) over 13 years ago
Kathy - The best way to hire a Stager is by looking at their work and getting referrals.  You are right, "every house is different:.  Is the house in question vacant or occupied?  I will email you to discuss this further.  Thank you for your kind words.  I love helping and having a happy ending.
Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 13 years ago


I just stopped by to make sure you reciprocated your comments...And you did.

Good going :)


Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 13 years ago
Thanks for checking in on me. Not only do I reciprocate on their comments in my post I also go to their posts and leave a comment if I can!  You rock.  Thanks for making me mind my manners.  :)
Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 13 years ago