The smell hits you when you walk in the door. There’s a litter box somewhere nearby that hasn’t been changed in at least a week. The kitchen is filthy – there’s garbage and mail everywhere and dirty dishes are stacked in the sink, beside the sink and on top of the stove.
There’s a haze of smoke in the dining room and the smell of stale cigarettes has permeated the entire house. Mounds of dirty laundry cover the living room floor and where there isn’t laundry there are magazines and newspapers strewn everywhere.
This is not what you expected when you agreed to do this home staging consultation, but you realize now why you were referred by the real estate agent to help prepare this house to sell.
You don’t know where to start or what to say. The overwhelming smell and overall filthy condition of the house have you tongue tied. The home is in a great location, and from the curb you’d never know what was going on inside.
I know what I would do in this scenario, and I’ll post an article later to tell you how I would handle it. But first, tell me what you would do in the midst of this staging dilemma. Please leave a comment below telling us what you would do if you walked into this mess during a home staging consultation.
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 Training Program to teach others how to earn a living doing something they love.[tags] home staging, home stager, home staging consultation, home staging clients, staging diva, home staging dilemma[/tags]