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MARY PENNEY, OWNER

Professional home staging in Greater Summit, Portage, Medina and Cuyahoga Counties, Ohio

I am an experienced real estate professional based in Northeast Ohio. I have been working as a home stager since 2019, but have been a REALTOR and real estate Broker since 1990.  My background in selling and staging real estate for almost 30 years helps me to see properties as a commodity that should be displayed to maximize return.  

Did you know that prospects will stay in a staged home for around 40 minutes, versus 5 in an empty house? (According to REALTOR.org) My goal is to help buyers envision themselves in the home and what lifestyle they could have there.  Professional staging helps the property appeal to the greatest number of buyers and that helps sellers to get top dollar for their home.

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ASHLEY  ABNEY

Assistant Stager.   Ashley is from Copley Ohio.  She is our vignette and organizational expert- along with being supper strong.  Ashley is vital to the detailed work we do and is ready to take on any staging task.

 

FINISHED ROOMS

Limited home staging starts at $1,880.  (Please see detailed pricing below)  Through my 30+ years of experience in real estate, I have learned exactly how a house should show to attract the most number of buyers. Selling a property means selling a lifestyle.  We strive for a fresh and welcoming look that is not taste specific. This is the difference between interior decorating and staging to sell, and, there is a science to it!!!   

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TESTIMONIALS

Mary did a fantastic job staging what we had lovingly begun to refer to as our “shoebox house”. The transformation almost made us wonder why we were selling it (ok maybe not quite)! Somehow, she managed to make the house appear bigger, brighter and much more inviting than it ever looked when we lived there. I’m not quite sure how she and her crew managed it in about a day, when it took us several to move all of our stuff out. Mary has a keen eye for design and her seemingly small finishing touches made a big difference. With her staging (and admittedly a great location), we had more than 60 showings in one weekend and 9 offers all over list price! This service was WELL WORTH THE COST!! The addition funds we received over list price amounted to more than 10 times the staging cost! It’s a no-brainer!

Kelsen LaBergre

Working with Mary has been a incredible experience. The compliments we get during a showing and from other agents touring the property gives an extra sense of excitement to the property. She takes time and care in every project and we will certainly continue to use her for any of our renovation projects! You won’t regret working with Map Home Staging

(Response from the owner:

I am so pleased you were happy with our work. Your beautiful remodeling definitely made our job easier. Thank you again for your business, and we look forward to many more successful projects.)

Casey Marks

Mary and her team do a great job and have excellent taste. They are extremely professional and work with my client’s timeline. Their staging is a great investment for clients listing their homes.

(Response from the owner:

I’m blushing😊! As a top agent in the area, you already know how home staging can be a powerful and effective marketing tool to get your listings sold quickly and for top dollar. Thank you again for working with us.)

Justin Aikens

 
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IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU  CONSIDER STAGING WITH US:

Exceeding your Expections is our job

We own all of our staging furniture, rugs, art and accessories etc.  All items are purchased new, except for a very few unique and high end vintage pieces and custom artwork.  The cost of our ever evolving inventory is almost $35,000, and all items are carefully selected for beauty as well as taste level. We do not use repurposed or "up-cycled" items.  Because we do not rent furniture or moving van (we have our own) you will not have other contracts or costs to worry about.  We strive for perfection in our home staging, and hope you will not mind if we showcase the finished product on social media.

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LIMITED VACANT/UNOCCUPIED HOME STAGING

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Limited home staging starts at $1,880.  $1.00 per above grade square foot of house with a minimum fee of $1,880 and includes staging of living room, kitchen, main bedroom, main bathroom, full bathrooms, 1/2 bathrooms, foyer if included, and one other above grade room:  i.e.,  formal dining, 2nd bedroom, family room, sun room/3 season room/solarium, yoga studio, playroom, studio, office.  Other rooms and below grade areas i.e. rec room, bar, can be added and priced accordingly.  (Please see our contract or call 330-515-0679 for a more detailed description of our fees). Our promise is to do as much as we can with the property.  After all, we want it to look great too!!

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MODEL HOME/UNIT OR ENTIRE UNOCCUPIED HOME STAGING

Creating a Lifesyle

Consultation is required and quote will be based on size and layout of property. Consultation fee is $400.00.  Staging costs starting at $2,000 depending on square footage and number of rooms.  In the case of an extremely large residence, larger pieces i.e. couch, sectional, dining table, may need to be rented, if so, any rental costs will be addressed before anything is agreed to. Monthly rental fee incurred after 30 days. 

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SPECIAL:  "LIGHT" OR "MINI" STAGE

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This $998 service is usually reserved for repeat clients who use my staging services regularly.  A "light" or "mini" stage is only for small, vacant properties that are listed for sale .  Property needs to meet the following criteria: 3 bedrooms or less, 1 1/2 bathrooms or less, a living room 15' x 13' or less, kitchen area 12' x 12' or less, and total square footage of 1,500 or less. Mini/Light staging includes living room -no couch or heavy furniture, kitchen and both bathrooms.  Stage is for 30 days, but may be extended for a monthly fee if agreed to by both parties.

 

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

My Qualifications

1990-2021

REALTOR/BROKER/OWNER

Broker/Co-Owner of independent, boutique real estate company located in Stow Ohio.

1990-1999

REAL ESTATE AGENT AND TRAINER

Licensed real estate agent and regional new agent trainer for large national real estate company.

1987-1990

AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUMS, WASHINGTON D.C.

Worked closely with the museum community in the United States to work through the process of accreditation and subsequent re-accreditation.

 
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FIRST impressions are the ONLY impressions in real estate!

According to REALTOR.org, staging will help sell your home 88% faster and for up to 20% more than homes that are not staged because of the visual appeal created.  My services are designed to maximize home seller's profits by positioning the property in its best light to sell quickly and for the most money possible.   

 

EDUCATION

Graduated 1986

B.A. ART HISTORY, THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY, STATE COLLEGE PA

College of Arts and Architecture, Studied abroad in Todi, Italy, senior year - 1986.

2007

HISTORIC HOME SPECIALIST DESIGNATION, BELMONT TECHNICAL COLLEGE, ST. CLAIRESVILLE, OHIO

Extensive course work involving, historical structures, their construction, renovation and restoration.

2019

CERTIFIED HOME STAGER, SCHOOL OF HOME STAGING, PORTLAND, OR

Extensive coursework for staging education.  Layout, color, design, inventory, pricing and marketing.

 

THE PROCESS

Time breakdown

Pre-Sale - 10-15 hours

Arrange and conduct inspection

Provide list of tasks for home seller

Provide list of workers/painter/cleaners

Develop Staging Plan

Create inventory needed list

Stage and promote - 10-15 hours

Select and "pull" inventory

Load and deliver furniture to residence

Install furniture, art and accessories

Purchase items needed to complete staging if necessary

Photograph/video and promote on social media

Post sale - 4-8 hours

De-install and pack to move

Deliver truck and load

Unload and restock

Finalize social media promotions

 

CONTACT US

3305150679

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