My Heart Goes Out to the Grieving Sellers

Over my 10+ years of working with sellers I’ve seen a ‘roller coaster’ of emotions that surface from that first consultation and sometimes long into the new home. Sellers who are happy about moving usually work more quickly because they see an end goal in sight that motivates them. For sellers who really don’t want to move, they experience a lot of angst, feelings of being overwhelmed, loss, fear and even anger. It slows them down and the process can sometimes come to a halt.

I’ve been invited to work with a realtor with a seller whose wife is in a care home and he now faces the inevitable of living a life without his wife of over 30 years. The home they live in is ‘full-to-spilling over’ of their life together. It’s full of memories of children and relatives and there isn’t a wall in the home that isn’t covered in photos and mementos. Being a religious family as well several rooms are dedicated to icons and religious paintings. They have truly created their memories in this home and now, we come in to change it all.

My heart goes out to the husband and the daughter I met, but in the end the inevitable can’t be postponed. I hope as a team – the realtor and home stagers – that we help the family – step-by-slow-step to make the transition as easy for them as we can. They have already postponed the initial staging prep work once, and they may still need more time to pack up a few more mementos before we come back in.

Your blessings for them are welcomed…

Colleen McClure
Colleen McClure Administrator & Proud owner of PRES Staging® - Expert Home Stager. When I was very young I began drawing interiors, it just came naturally. When I work with a client now, I see the finished project completed in my minds-eye as they explain how they would love to see their space created. I am able to provide sketches on the spot of their vision so this invokes client confidence and excitement for the project from the inception through to the brilliant manifestation – How Fun! When the economy did not support the luxury of home improvements, other passions led me to full-time work as a career counsellor. I very much enjoyed assisting people one-on-one to discover their own talents but this was an arena where I would develop effective techniques in workshop design and group facilitation as well. This would lead to a ‘happy marriage’ as I would apply these skills and passions when I purchased PRES Staging® - The Professional Real Estate Staging Centre. It’s truly the greatest joy to inspire others to discover and hone their innate talents – To witness their emerging confidence while coaching them on design principals and providing them the tools to start and run their own Home Décor businesses for Redesign and Staging. If you’ve ever thought you might enjoy this line of work, or even to do it for yourself and friends, get in touch – Let’s chat!