In 2006, Melinda Bartling, local Realtor and Entrepreneur, created “Another Staged Home.” At that time, the local real estate market was slow. Homes weren’t selling and the houses on the market just didn’t show well. Melinda knew something needed to happen to start moving houses. She knew the answer was Home Staging.
Home Staging was Created in 1973
Barb Schwarz created the concept of Home Staging in 1973. She created the idea because she knew homes could look better than they did, appeal to more buyers and therefore bring sellers more money.
In 2006, Melinda Bartling tracked Barb down. She flew to Chicago and worked personally with her – staging homes and learning all of her secrets. The concept of Home Staging was always about using what sellers already had in their homes. It was about giving each home a fresh, new appeal. Home Staging is both an art and a science.
Melinda wasted no time in creating a business that would serve not only her Realtor friends well but also the real estate industry. She took what she learned from Barb, added her own ideas and created a business that every Realtor needed. Another Staged Home later became Overland Park Home Staging.
A New Concept to Local Real Estate
Melinda created the biggest and busiest Home Staging business in Kansas City. She immediately introduced the concept of Home Staging to her fellow Realtor friends. Many people thought it was a trend and many people didn’t believe it worked. Nor did they understand it.
Results in home sales made believers out of everyone when staged homes started selling fast. Melinda and her team worked feverishly to prepare homes for the market so they would look better than their competition. Even in 2006, it was a proven fact that staged homes sold faster and for more money.
Home Staging is for Occupied Homes
Home Staging was never about furnishing vacant homes as seen so predominantly on HGTV and other similar reality shows. But house flipping wasn’t as popular back then as it is now.
Melinda not only learned Barb’s concepts and techniques of Home Staging but she also developed 7 additional little secret Home Staging Hacks that we use on every home we stage and style in Overland Park.
Once the market picked back up, Melinda went back to work helping her own sellers sell their homes faster and for more money. But she still stages houses every week. She loves the challenge of working with what you have to make your home look better than your competition.
Whether you want to sell or dwell, Overland Park Home Staging can help you create your home’s best look using your own things.