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
Proud owner of PRES Staging® and expert home stager. I naturally started drawing interiors when I was very young. I see finished projects completed in my minds-eye as the client explains to me how they would love to see their space created. I then can draw sketches quickly to produce this vision right then and there with the client. My creative talents led me to full time work as a career counsellor working with people, designing workshops, facilitating groups when the economy did not support the luxury of home improvements. My many talents in this field was a happy marriage to own PRES the Professional Real Estate Staging Centre. Helping others start and run their own home décor businesses for redesign and staging, learning design principals and building confidence brings me great joy and passion. Working with people and helping them make confident decisions comes easy to me.