Home Staging Riverside County, CA


$50 Staging Consultation...PRICELESS!!

About one month ago I received a call from a homeowner that was getting ready to prepare their home for sale and wanted to find out more about my services.  She had a limited budget and wanted to get the most for the least amount of money.  Don't we all!  Since this was an occupied home I suggested that all she might need is a 1 hour verbal staging consultation which cost only $50.00. 

Two days later I met with the homeowner's Cindy & R.J. and their 4 home schooled boys.  The home is a manufactured home located on 2/3 acre property in rural Murrieta.  The owner's and I went room by room discussing what needed to be accomplished to create a large, warm and inviting home that would attract potential buyers. 

One week later I received an email from Cindy -


We are so appreciative of your time and expertise.  We actually tackled every room this last weekend and boy what a difference!!!  I would love to have you come by and see what we have done only because we are so impressed with the changes that you suggested.  We had family over on Monday and they couldn't believe the transformation either.  The clutter is gone and we found some real bargains on trees and decor.   The pantry and master closet will need a couple of "starbucks nights" after our boys are asleep and maybe a few things here and there but now our home feels much better.   If you ever need a referral or testimonial be sure to contact us as we may be your biggest fans yet.  We don't know if the house will sell or not in this market but at least we can put our best foot forward within our budget.

Thanks again and if you want, give us a call so you can come take a quick look at the results.

Here are some of the results I saw upon my staging consultation follow up -

The first picture below on the left was the first room you viewed when you entered through the front door.  We transformed the rooms back to their intended purpose. The living room was put back where it belonged!  As was the dining room below.  Basically one BIG flip flop! 

Here is the master bedroom, yes I suggested to store the exercise equipment in the garage.  But the garage was already full and believe it or not they use the exercise equipment!  :)

And what would my post be without a bathroom transformation.......

I was so pleased with the homeowner's work I was shaking as I was taking these pictures.  They completed most of the suggestions I recommended and their hard work paid off. 

Bottom line....Can they do it....Yes they can! 

Blog posted by Janice Sutton, Murrieta Temecula Home Stager.  Home staging & marketing homes for the Inland Empire/Riverside County & San Diego County.

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Comment balloon 36 commentsJanice Sutton • October 17 2007 11:35PM


Janice- This is great....I am so surprised that they actually followed your advice. Many people ask for advice, but when we tell them, they don't listen....

The house really looks inviting now, and a buyer has visions of how they can use it much better.  The other way was crowded....for showing :)  Nice job!!!

Posted by Kathy McGraw, Riverside County CA Real Estate (CELLing Realty) about 13 years ago

Great job Janice, your report was well executed by your client. It was worth way more than what you charged too! Your client got a lot for the money. Your service prove that staging is affordable.

Kathy Dyer

Posted by Kathy Dyer Roseville Sacramento Staging Real Estate Home Stager Services (One Step Staging- Home Staging services Roseville/Sac areas) about 13 years ago

Janice- OK, this has to be one of my all time favorites for DIY!  You and those folks deserve a cookie award!  I can't believe you were able to give them all that in instruction in 1 hour!  You are super-stager!!


Posted by Jackie Peraza, Home Stager - Framingham, Massachusetts (Perceptions AdverStaging(TM), LLC) about 13 years ago
Great job Janice!  How nice that they contacted you to come look afterwards and offered you a reference/testimonial. 
Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) about 13 years ago
Janice, You and they both did an amazing job.  I love to see transformations like this and I love it when people put their trust in you and follow your advice. 
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 13 years ago
I think there is still a big misconception that staging is expensive. You really put that myth to rest! If the seller is motivated and willing to do some work, staging can be accomplished with little cost. The return on this investment ($50) should be huge!
Posted by Linda Sticklin (Home Staging & Organizing) about 13 years ago

Janice: FANTASTIC results! I do alot of consults that the homeowner will do most of the work. I come back and follow up, tweak a few things, and get the after pics. I am constantly amazed at how well many clients listen and do everything you tell them to.  This is a great example!


Posted by Teresa Meyer, Home Staging Cincinnati-OH. (Cincinnati Home Stager) about 13 years ago

Janice, WOW!! What a great job on your part and the homeowners, all should be very proud!

                                  Penny White, Beststagedesign Inc.

Posted by penny white about 13 years ago
Amazing transformation. I personally provide an initial consultation from a REALTOR's(r) perspective and then I provide staging consultation from a reliable Stager to every seller.
Posted by Dionne Morgan, Broker REALTOR ,GRI, e-PRO (Realty World Solano Realty) about 13 years ago

Janice they did a very nice job with your very nice information.  Don't you just love it when the homeowner pays attention?

Posted by Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495 (Stage it Right!) about 13 years ago


Congratulations to you and your clients on a job well done!  This example just goes to show how much can be accomplished with a modest budget.

Posted by Michelle Ewing, Riverside, CA (Trademark Realtors) about 13 years ago


This must've been so rewarding for you! Kudos and thanks for sharing.

Posted by Kathy Riggle, Houston Home Staging (STAGING SMART N SOLD) about 13 years ago
You and the homeowners both deserve applause!  They are obviously motivated to sell and are willing to take the advice of a pro - which you obviously are!
Posted by Dawn Taylor, SE Minnesota Home Stager~ (Taylor'd To Sell) about 13 years ago

Great job Janice. Its nice to see that your client's implemented your ideas.

Sheryl Delorme

Posted by Sheryl Delorme (Special Effects Staging & Decorating) about 13 years ago
Janice --  You just proved that staging consultations are indeed a valuable service for those clients so inclined to implement the changes themselves.  You must have given some fantastic advice because the house certainly looks fabulous!
Posted by Judy Kincaid about 13 years ago
Janice - Great results! Clearly they recognized your knowledge and advise and were smart enough to follow your directions. It is so great to get this kind of acknowledgement from a client. Good for you.
Posted by Rhonda Hay Rawlins (Glastonbury Home Staging) about 13 years ago

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!! This is a great testament to staging works and with a little guidance, we can make it work.



Posted by Cindy Lin, Host, The Home Staging Show podcast (Staged4more School of Home Staging) about 13 years ago
Way to go!!  The $50 was worth the price *just* to impress the homeowners family and friends. (Not to mention it's obvious benefit for selling the home)  I'm sure they felt really empowered because they did it themselves.  Amazing job - I hope you get 50 more just like it before the end of 07'!
Posted by Heather Harrell (Harrell Home Staging, LLC) about 13 years ago

Janice you ROCK!

I'm telling you this is really a great way for homeowners to go when the budget is limited.  A verbal consult is cost effective and if the owner is pro-active and does the recommended work you are living proof (in photos) that the results are the same.  Yes it would have been great to get a full staging job out of this, but many people are cash strapped and we can provide cost effective means to help them achieve their goal without breaking the bank.

REALTORS ... are you hearing and seeing this?!!! We can provide your clients with verbal and written consultations as part of your listing/marketing package! The results are priceless!

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) about 13 years ago
Oh, I went back and gave you a 5!
Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) about 13 years ago

Beautiful transformation woman!  I'm shocked it only took you an hour to tell them in detail how the rooms should look but you obviously did it!  Now about your fees...only $50??? Very affordable I must say...I hope they didn't live far from you or the gas alone might start creeping up there :)

Wonderful work!


Posted by Minnesota Home Staging Firm, Minnesota (Minnesota Home Staging Network~ MN's Top Home Staging Firm) about 13 years ago

Kathy - Thank you.  Since the homeowner called me I wasn't surprised that they followed my advice.  I knew they were interested in learning all they could about improving their property for sale.  I was pleasantly surprised how well it turned out!  I think sometimes when REA's give staging advice it gets unheard.  Kind of like Stager's giving homeowner's Real Estate advice.  Hearing advice from a professional within their profession can make all the difference.  :)

Kathy D. - Thanks.  It was all verbal which I love!  You sound like my husband he thinks I need to up the ante!  I love being able to offer affordable pricing to my clients.  :)

Jackie - Awww you are as sweet as that cookie!  Yup, 1 hour.  I am originally from NY which sometimes works in my favor.  I am a fast talker and walker!  I like the "super stager!" Thanks.

Kathy P. - Thank you.  I always offer to come back for FREE.  This way the owner doesn't feel overwhelmed after the consultation. They know I am only a phone call away!  

Carole - Thank you.  It is a great combination when there is mutual respect between the owners and the stager!  Win-win!

Linda - Exactly!  You hit the nail on the head!!  I hope Realtors and homeowners see this post and realize that staging does not have to cost a small fortune!  Thanks for commenting.

Teresa - Thanks!  Don't you wish they were all this cooperative.  I would love to see some of your consultation after pictures. 

Penny - Thank you. We are all proud.  We will next be thrilled when the home sells!

Dionne- Thanks.  You are very wise to offer staging consultation's to every home seller.  I know some REA's that will not take a listing if the owner's don't stage! 

Terry- "When Janice Sutton talks, homeowner's listen!"  Ha!  Remember EF Hutton..maybe I am dating myself.  Sorry I couldn't resist. :)

Michelle - Thank you.  Yes, staging is affordable.  We just need to keep spreading the word.

Kathy R - This was very rewarding for me.  This is why I do what I do.  I love to help people.  This family is wonderful and I was lucky to work with them. 

Dawn - You are too kind.  I am blushing.  Thank you very much!

Sheryl - Thank you.  When the owners call you you can count on them listening. They were great. :)

Judy - Thanks.  I love doing consultations.  There is so much homeowners can do to make their property "show ready."  Can you believe this is a manufactured home?

Rhonda - I was thrilled when I went to see the final results.  The owner was so proud of what they accomplished. It was heartwarming.  Thank you.

Cindy - Ha!  So do you love it? ;)  I would do consult's 24/7 if I could.  They work!!!  Thanks for commenting.

Heather - The owner's were thrilled and love living in their "staged" home.  She said it is so nice not to have clutter.  I hope I get 50 more consults too!!  Thanks.

Karen- Thanks for commenting.  I too hope the REA's are listening.  Most of my calls from REA's are for vacant properties.  I would love to work with more occupied homes.  Less cost with great results.  Thanks for the 5.  I am honored.

Beth- Awwww shucks thanks.  If we ever get to chat on the phone you will understand why it only takes me 1 hour.  :)  This consult was only 5 minutes from my home.  I could have almost coasted there! 

My husband is always trying to get me to raise my price but I just can't.  I think it is a fair price and sometimes I feel bad taking clients $$$.  I know I have to get over that.....I do need to feed my family. 





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


That's awesome. It's amazing what a consultation alone can accomplish if the homeowner's follow the plan.

Posted by Tanya Venable, SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant about 13 years ago

Tanya - Thanks.  I agree with a little direction a lot can be accomplished!  The owners were great!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 13 years ago
Hi Janice,
I would say these people got their $50 worth and more, what a great transformation.  Sometimes we just need to see through someone else's eyes.  
Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) about 13 years ago
Cynthia - Yes, they really did their "home"work and it will pay off! 
Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 13 years ago
Janice, what an amazing job...congrats to you and to the homeowners!!!!
Posted by Abby Roselli, Staten Island Home Stager (ALR Home Staging and Showcasing, LLC) about 13 years ago

Janice,   Do not underestimate how much your time is worth. Think about the time away from your family and the time you spend getting ready for a job... You are obviously doing a great job.    Your client listened to you and did exactly what you told them to do and it looks great....  What a validation!!!!!

I believe for most of us, staging is a labor of love... You have to love this business..




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

Great job


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

Abby - Thank you very much!

Stacy - I will be reevaluating my cost basis.  I have been hearing from many stager's and my husband that I should be adjusting my charges.  Ugh.  I love staging so much that I would stage for free if I could! :)  Thank you for your kind compliment. 

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

I LOVE THIS, Janice they did an excellent job. I agree with Stacy that at times I am ready to give away my services but if you had to go to an office every day you be paid an hourly wage, don't shortchange yourself you are excellent at what you do. I know I know we all love this soooo much we would do it for free, but 

Phyllis Pafumi

Posted by Phyllis Pafumi, ReStyled to Sell Staging Homes NJ (ReStyled to Sell Home Staging New Jersey) about 13 years ago
Hi Phyllis - Thanks!  I know I sometimes "shortchange" myself.  I just want to be able to help everyone and work within all budgets.  For me, the outcome is priceless!  I feel rewarded just looking at the finished product..the property.  I am currently reevaluating my business plan for the new year and will take a seriously look at my pricing. 
Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 13 years ago
Janice, I was told by Charles McDonald that you were good and I can see that! 50 dollars, can you fly out to see us? lol
Posted by Peg Gilliland, Broker, GRI, CDPE (Charlottesville Solutions) about 13 years ago


Great post! If I have someone in need in San Diego I will give them your web site address. Are you o.k. from the fires?

Mike Lewis

Posted by Mike and Dawn Lewis, The Lewis Team at Keller Williams in San Diego CA (The Lewis Team at Keller Williams) about 13 years ago

Peg - You are so sweet.  Thank you.  I would love to help you and Charles.  Just say when!  :)

Mike - Thanks!  I appreciate you passing along my information to anyone in need of help. 

My family and I are fine.  There seems to be one or two fires about 15  & 25 miles south of my property.  We are very lucky. 

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


Stay safe!

Mike Lewis

Posted by Mike and Dawn Lewis, The Lewis Team at Keller Williams in San Diego CA (The Lewis Team at Keller Williams) about 13 years ago