When your home really is a castle.

In April of 2007, I had the privilege of escorting the 2007 CSP Convention staging contest winner Kimberly Stowe, from Prince George, BC, to London, England. An expense-paid trip and […]

In April of 2007, I had the privilege of escorting the 2007 CSP Convention staging contest winner Kimberly Stowe, from Prince George, BC, to London, England. An expense-paid trip and attendance at Ann Maurice’s 2 Day Property Presentation Workshop was her prize. Obviously one of the things we did was tour the highlights of the city. We had afternoon tea at Harrods, shopped the fashionable districts, saw the Tower Bridge, Crown Jewels, Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, Nelson’s Column and many other wonderful things. It was a great time – whirlwind but memorable.

Everyone puts the Queen and Buckingham Palace together, but Windsor Castle is actually her official residence. This is the place where in 1992 fire broke out in the private chapel, causing major damage. The restoration work is amazing though – and as every cloud has a silver lining, thousands of artisans had to put their skills, knowledge and abilities to craft work they never even dreamed of having the opportunity to do.

Built by William the Conqueror as part of his defences around London, the 13-acre palace is the largest inhabitable castle in the world. As I wandered the halls and rooms of the 1000-year-old fortress observing how over its history it evolved to fit the needs and tastes of successive monarchs, I obviously found my mind pondering h ow it would need to feel to a potential buyer in the rare event it went up for sale.

Staging a castle is much the same as staging a house only on a much larger scale. One thing which really struck me while touring Windsor was t hat it really felt every inch a home – not a castle. It is grand but not opulent; it has family photos (all over of course), extravagant draperies, personal color choices; the rooms are large but the scale of furniture helped to make each place feel right – it just felt like someone else’s home. I have toured many places and castles in Europe and throughout England but it was the only place that ever resonated as a home. Approaching staging for sale would have to start with targeting the buyer who would most likely be able to purchase it and then assessing how that buyer would want to live in it. Staging property is much more of a science today than cleaning, clearing clutter and completing deferred maintenance.

So whether your home is your castle or actually is a castle it still needs to be staged for sale and working with a CSP will always ensure knowledge or leading trends to get the property sold faster and for the most equity.

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About Christine Rae

Christine Rae blends her passion for the staging and decorating industries, her desire for helping people develop their potential, the thrill of training to the presentation of the CSPâ„¢ workshop. She has honed her skills and built her knowledge through extensive training in a variety of disciplines. During the last five years Christine has trained over 1600 people and in 2004 was recipient of an International Staging Award. Christine believes a crucial part of success as a trainer is to keep your hand in the industry you speak and teach about. This is why she continues to work (outside of training sessions) at building her own staging business, and works with a select group of Realtors® . The best business anyone can have is from a referral - it is an honor and privilege to work with you and your sphere of influence. Wellness with Essential Oils: http://www.christineraelivingoils.com/weblog