Article by Jan L. Apple, Burlington County Times
It wasn't exactly Joan Marsh Bunker's grand life plan to one day run a successful home staging business. Nor did the Evesham resident realize that transforming a vacant space into an eye-popping interior could be a viable career option, melding a multitude of passions.
Yet, through a series of events - each one uniquely connected to the next - Staged with Class was born in 2009.
"This business is so what I was meant to do," said Bunker, who stages homes throughout Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties as well as the Jersey Shore. She describes her "labor of love" as involving details galore and careful behind-the-scenes orchestration.
"I work with homeowners, real estate agents, investors, and builders. I specialize in vacant staging and work with many 'flippers' who rely on me to help prepare their properties for a speedy and profitable sale."
Joan Marsh Bunker, owner of Staged with Class, has been offering home staging/re-design for many years - after working in real estate for Bellevue Homes, and owning Evergreen Consignment Shop in Haddonfield. She studied with Center Stage Home, Inc. and earned her Home Staging Expert (HSE) certification. Maintaining good communication with her clients throughout the entire process and encouraging them to contact her with any questions are among her most effective ways in attaining customer satisfaction.
Staged with Class services Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties in southern New Jersey.
Thumbtack 2013 Article
By Fred Glasser on Jan 29, 2014 04:08 pm
We're really starting to ramp up with real estate photography sessions and even requests for our new HD Video offerings for 2014, and so I thought we'd finish off posting some of our favorite 2013 sessions. Back at the end of November 2013, our friend Joan from Staged with Class got us into contact with a very nice homeowner from Mullica Hill. Joan had staged the home quite nicely, and passed our name on to the owner, who was looking for some great photography to help market the property.
I set out to get them photos that showcased their beautifully-staged home as much as possible, and I actually spent a good deal of time in their home. I wanted to ensure the photos came out just right... especially in the large rooms like the expansive great room where I aimed to ensure the lighting was perfect. Speaking of lighting, the home was a great candidate for a twilight photo, with it's gorgeous chandelier in the entrance foyer. A gorgeous twilight exterior photograph can be one of the images with the single greatest impact on marketing your home, so we recommend them at times for our higher end home sessions. The owner was happy to add this on, and I stuck around to capture this, and a nice shot of the home during sunset.
Here's a glimpse at some of the shots from our session, and a special thanks to Joan for sending the owner our way!
Jonathan and Drew Scott, the "Property Brothers," recommend hiring a home stager to make your house stand out from other listings in the neighborhood.
"Staging is such a crucial part of it," says Drew, a realtor who finds potential properties for clients, which twin Jonathan then renovates for the show. "It's just as important as any sort of renovation, because if a buyer can't walk into a space and picture themselves living there, they're not going to give you top dollar, for one, and they might just turn and walk away."
Bringing in a stager doesn't have to be expensive, and the money spent is usually more than recouped with a higher selling price, says Drew. "A good home stager will work with your budget."