St Augustine, St Johns County Real Estate & Home Staging


Why I stage homes...

I would love to tell you all the reasons why I love my job.... Meeting and working with clients, Changing the face of real estate (at least here in Charleston), creating beauty where there once was chaos.  Let me tell you my favorite part though - today anyway.  SHOPPING!

This morning I met with a client, was handed a check for $8500 and have spent the rest of the day shopping.... Havertys, Kirklands, Pier 1, & Target... just to name a few.  I spent an hour or more at Kirkland piling lamps, throws, pillows, and art sky high.  I was loading the car and thinking that I just can't believe people actually pay me to do this!!!!  Someone pinch me....

I recently blogged about the power of positive thinking.... I'm sure somewhere in my life I said I really need a job where someone pays me to shop and voila... here we are.  What is really great is that I get to find the best stuff for my own home because I'm out all the time too.  Life is just grand, isn't it?

Tell me, why do you stage?


 Author Bio: Melissa Marro, Home Staging Industry leader, Realtor, and entrepreneur offers a unique perspective on New Home Construction, Resale Residential Real Estate, and Home Staging

For more information on buying or selling in the Fleming Island, Orange Park, or Jacksonville, area, visit or call Melissa Marro (marro.melissa at, Keller Williams First Coast Realty, for more information (904-466-2093).


Comment balloon 9 commentsMelissa Marro • March 21 2007 08:22PM


Hi Melissa - Wow, I am so jealous because you have a Kirklands near you!  I was in South Carolina this past August (Columbia) and I went to the Columbiana mall. This is where I discovered Kirklands.  I love this store! They had great stuff and the prices were so reansonable.

It's kinda a long story.  I was supposed to move to SC.  I actually bought a house.  At the last minute, before closing, the house fell through (sellers lied on disclosure about a mold problem).  Long story, short I am still here in NY.  (Sometimes God works in strange ways)!

Anyway, the one regret I have about not moving to SC is that we don't have Kirklands in NY!  Are they in any other states?  Oh, well my daughter may attend USC Columbia this fall, and if she does, you can bet I will be at Kirklands any time I visit!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Maureen Graziano (Third Eye Home Staging) about 12 years ago
I stage homes so I can use my "God-given" talent to help people move on with their lives.  Since my staging niche is occupied homes, I love seeing the stress disappear from the homeowners' faces once their homes are staged and ready to be put on the market....and they realize the hard part is behind them.
Posted by Judy Kincaid about 12 years ago

I Stage homes because I enjoy the challenge of working with what homeowners already have, separating the wheat from the chaff so to speak. To go from that sinking feeling of being overwhelmed when you first arrive on the scene, to figuring out exactly what they need to do is such a sense of accomplishment.  I usually start off with a seed of doubt, then I work towards my creative genius!

I love it when they say, "I never would of thought to put that there".  YES!!! That's why you hired me!

Posted by Angel Walker (Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners) about 12 years ago

I couldn't have said it better Melissa.. and my husband loves it too!  LOL... Spending a lot less of our "own" money!, plus since I'm out shopping so much, I get the best deals on things.

I also love the freedom that having my own business offers me.  Sure there are con's to it too, but I love that I can arrange my own time in order to spend it with my 3 young children!

I also love that I get to wear so many hats - Business woman, decorator, web designer, marketing guru, shopper!!

Posted by Alyse Bromberg (Dressed for Success) about 12 years ago

Creating a more beautiful world, one house at a time....

And, of course, the shopping!

Posted by Penny Province, Province Staged Properties (Province Staged Properties) about 12 years ago
I enjoy staging because I love being an agent of change.  I try hard to show the client how to "LIVE the staged life" in their next home in regards to clutter, cleanliness, and organization.  I also LOVE the thrill of a very small budget - I'm never more creative (and satisfied) when my choices are very limited!
Posted by Deanne Knutter (Turning Leaf Equities, LLC) about 12 years ago
Feverishly soaking up all you're saying, this one struck home for me.  I too love all the things you speak about.  Upon considering a staging career, I've googled all different staging sites.  I have yet to find one that speaks to the earning potential.  Would you be willing to open up about that?  I'm mostly interested in vacant homes.  How do you set up your fees?  (In general terms, not specific, of course). It is important to me to make money.  I already know I would love the WORK.  Thanks and much continued success.
Posted by Anne Laird about 12 years ago

It fits with my mission of "co-creating sacred space". It allows me to be in the real estate business in a very positive and meaningful way that can be a win-win win situation for teh home seller, the Realtor and myself. And it gives me a creative outlet........Oh did I forget, it also allows me lots of schlepping time.

Best of all it, has allowed me to connect with some really fantastic people here on Active Rain.

Posted by James Frazier (James Frazier Personal Development Coach) about 12 years ago

James and Judy, I couldnt have said it better!  So all I can say is my reasons for staging is just like YALL!

Posted by Marci Toliver, Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging (438-4642) about 12 years ago

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