Where does Tailored Transitions Work?

Tailored Transitions has worked as far south as Hobe Sound on a moving management project and as far north as Portland, Maine on the redesign of a historic home.  Generally, we work within a 40 mile radius of Philadelphia.

Why is moving management important?

Moving is one of the most stressful life changes, as stressful as, and often coupled with, death and divorce in life’s personal challenges.   All other life passages have a supporting service industry for those who can afford it.  At birth, there is the doula, at marriage, the wedding consultant; at divorce the mediator, at death, the funeral home.  Moving, which is arguably the most logistically complicated process of them all, does not have an established support industry.  Tailored Transitions has defined that industry.  We empower our clients to move on in their lives.  Change is the only constant, and by helping clients to embrace and mold their changes, we make a valuable difference. 

Why is staging important?

Staging is product packaging for the residential real estate market.  For most people, their homes are their largest single asset.  It is shocking that they would offer it for sale without doing everything possible to present it at its best.

Why is design important?

We believe that living well is one of life’s greatest pleasures.  Our Tailored Transitions design team helps our clients live their lives to the fullest.  Living in a beautifully designed space that efficiently reflects the needs of the residents is our gift to our clients.

Tailored Transitions is full-service.  Can we hire you for one component of the move?

Many clients hire us to manage their moving needs from soup to nuts; others hire just for one component of their move.  Because of our proven results, realtors and continuing care facilities hire us for their clients in transition. 

Where do you get your staging inventory?

We own all our own inventory.  Because of our strong ties to the wholesale design community, our inventory features names like Schumacher, Brunschwig, Lee Jofa and more.  We have a wonderful mix of objects spanning interior design styles from William and Mary to contemporary.  We keep it all in a 4,000 square foot warehouse in Wyndmoor, PA.

How do you price projects?

Each project is as individual as the properties we work in.  Tailored Transitions is happy to assess your property and needs, and create a gratis proposal.  Within the proposal, we break work into discreet sections so that the client may hire us for as much or as little as they wish.Why Do I Need to Stage or Have My Client Stage Their Home?

Homes sell on average 18% higher than un-staged homes. On a $1 million home, this extrapolates to an additional $180,000 with only 15 days on the market. 

Who pays for staging?

The seller pays for staging.

How long is a house staged?

The term of a staging contract is generally two months. Rarely do clients need to extend the contract for another month. Homes prepared by tailored transitions usually have an accepted offer in only a few weeks on the market. We generally remove our inventory after a successful inspection.

What if I, the seller, don’t like the staging?

That may be a very good sign. Tailored Transitions is not trying to please the seller aesthetically (although we try to please them in every other way). Tailored Transitions carefully targets the staging to appeal to the probable buyer of the property. Very often the differing tastes of the seller and the probable buyer are what demand staging for a quick sale.

Why do we need to stage? When we bought this house, we just walked in and bought it in 1972.

Times have changed. The average buyer nationally is 32 years old. These people have been brought up under the influence of advertising in a way that previous generations have not. Even if they know a home is staged, it feels good to them, it delivers a myriad of visual clues that tells them that the property is worthy of them.

Can I stage my own house?

Sure, you can try, and you might be able to do it, but the odds are against you. Someone walking into your house for the first time notices more in 30 seconds than you have noticed in two years. Self-staging is like self-editing. It is possible, but it is very difficult.

Why don’t I wait to see if my house sells first and then hire Tailored Transitions if it doesn’t?

That is a strategy, but in the real estate market where the price point of your house is defined by the whim of one buyer (two if you are lucky), it is strategic to enter the market in the strongest position that you can. Your number of days on the market is directly relative to your bargaining position. It is important to make your property strategically appealing to the largest number of potential buyers as quickly as possible.

Staging seems so stilted. It is not the way we lived in the house.

Exactly. Staging is not how you live. Staging is idealized vision of real life, and not necessarily your real life;Tailored Transitions carefully crafts a property to appeal to the aspirations of a statistically probable buyer.

Isn’t staging indicative of my homemaking abilities?

Not at all. Staging is the realization that home buyers can be swayed by the same tenets used in advertising. We are projecting a lifestyle onto a target market.

Why do I need Tailored Transitions?

Moving is counted up there with death and divorce as one of the top three stress factors today. Professionals help you through every major life transition except, historically, moving. Tailored Transitions helps you manage one of the most difficult of life passages—a passage that has the potential to be one of the most rewarding.

How Do I Start My Own Staging Business?

Tailored Transitions has its own Transitional Coordinator Training Program.  Successful graduates become Accredited Transition Coordinators and receive templates and a tool kit to start their own business. We offer both classroom and field work. Click here for more information about Training.