Early in the fall of 2017 I received a phone call from an individual asking me about my Staging services. It was a very vague call but one thing stood out: this will be a highly visible staging. After talking I was told I may be called back. It wasn’t long and I was invited to look at a flip that was going to be featured on a pilot for a reality television program. Geez, this is Kalamazoo, Michigan and I was a lot more than shocked but very excited and eager to begin jumping through the proverbial hoops.
First there was the signing of the non-disclosure agreement, a very common part of the process. Most companies require you to sign a non-disclosure. Not a big deal for me. I also had the Stagers sign one as well the crew leader for the movers. We were on our way.
Next was the site visit, where we met the principal, Jeremy Cole, who was the contractor and a local flipper and rental property owner. Jeremy was very warm, inviting and walked us through the property which was not close to being “done”. Next we met the show runner, the producer, the project manager and the trade’s people. Everyone was very friendly but more importantly on their task. The show runner, producer and the principal and I reviewed my work, which was a little different than the look they were looking for. The showrunner helped me out by forwarding me some information regarding all the finishes for the property so I could deliver the HGTV look. We set a Staging date but they wanted to have a second date just in case the first staging needed changing/tweaking. Oh dear, no pressure.
Carla researched some possible looks; I put together a color story and built a beginning Stage in our warehouse. We all convened at the warehouse and finalized our first choice for the Staging. We were Staging a living, eating area, kitchen, bathroom and one of the tiniest bedrooms I have ever seen. Once we completed the Stage in or warehouse, each Stager took an area that they were responsible for. I wanted to include everyone. We all had an assignment and we were on a roll.