Judging by the professional quality of her home staging photographs, you would probably never guess that the owner of Holly’s Home Matters, a home staging company located in Bel Air Maryland, has actually spent the past 20 years working as a Registered Nurse.
In fact, Staging Diva Graduate, Holly Battaglia is the mother of four children aged 7-14 and she still works part-time as a nurse while operating her creatively fulfilling home staging business on a full-time basis.
The fact that Holly can make positive changes in people’s lives through home staging while working part-time to help people in the most literal sense as a nurse is remarkable.
Holly recently wrote me to share her most memorable home staging experience where she left quite a lasting impression on her client.
After a home had sat on the market for ten months, the owners switched real estate agents and the new agent called Holly on Labor Day. That evening, Holly met with the exasperated homeowners and their new agent to discuss what needed to happen get the home sold. Four days later the home was completely transformed.
The property sold that weekend after its first showing post-staging.
The price had been increased to cover the costs of staging and updates, but they actually received over and above their asking price.
Holly writes, “This was a couple that spoke minimal English but they were very trusting of everything I did. Four difficult days of rearranging, bringing in updated furniture and hauling unwanted clutter to the dump, all paid off. It was a great feeling. This past New Years the homeowner emailed me from his home in Korea to thank me once again. He wanted to know if I remembered him because he would never forget me. It was the most rewarding project I’ve ever been part of.”
The fact that Holly is able to manage a large family, continue working as a registered nurse part-time and operate a successful home staging business should inspire many people wondering if they could manage to stage homes around their “day job.”
Do you operate your home staging business alongside another professional career? Did you leave a meaningful career to explore the world of home staging? Please share your experiences by leaving a comment below.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Debra Gould knows how to make money as a home stager and she developed the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program to teach others how to earn a living doing something they love while helping others at the same time.