You may have seen on the national news that Portland Oregon has had record high temps up to 108* this week. We're not used to this heat -- unlike some of you in the south -- you were smart enough to put in your home staging contracts that the home must have A/C .... but now we've learned our lesson :-))
On Tuesday, my home staging company was scheduled to "move" the staging from one home (that sold in just 38 days, after being on the market for 533 days) to another one. The home we were moving the staging inventory to was quite a bit larger so we had to add some additional furniture. It turned out that on "move" day, both locations had record highs of 108* and NO A/C! Yikes, my home staging colleagues and I thought we were going to faint. We had only one small fan
and even with an early start it was a struggle to get through the arduous task of packing everything up & then unpacking again. The best part of the day was the short time in our air-conditioned cars between the two homes! We made it a shorter work day than usual, planning to finish up the next day.
Well, it was just as hot the next day -- and the three of us came with coolers packed with with lots of water -- and 3 fans. Oh, did I mention this new home had no refrigerator? If it had, we would have opened it up and put our heads inside for a quick cool down ... we also discovered that this new home used to have A/C before the units were STOLEN from the backyard sometime during the past year that it's been on the market as a vacant home!
How lucky I was that these two loyal staging colleagues came to my rescue! You know them from here on A/R -- Kathy Alexander of GreatStages Home Staging & Redesign and Peggy Prather of HomeStaging Solutions, both from nearby Vancouver WA. They are my Staging Super Heroes! Who else would agree to help stage in 108* heat with no A/C?
If you're one of those stagers who thinks that staging by yourself is OK, imagine how much MORE fun it would be to have some really talented, experienced & just-plain-nice colleagues to help you on a staging project. You won't get lonely, you'll have someone else to bounce ideas off, and you might learn a new staging trick or two in the process.
I'd encourage all A/R stagers to join one of your local professional home staging organizations and network with your staging colleagues! When you need help you'll find some wonderful people to work with. Working with other talented home stagers, like we do here in Portland Oregon, is a real pleasure.
How about you ~ Do you ask your colleagues for help when you need it?
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