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From Staging clients

We hired Claudia for a consultation after reading her column on staging for selling your house in the local paper. We were on a tight schedule and moving out of state and did not want to bring movers in twice – once to move out most of our things and the second time to move out the furniture left for staging. She had an excellent idea on how we could stage the house for pictures for the real estate listing then move everything out at once. We hired her for the staging and photo shoot and she worked well with our realtor. The pictures were great, we moved everything out the next day and the house sold four days after listing! It was money well spent and we recommend Claudia to anyone interested in selling their home.

William Cumming, formerly of Cornwall on the Hudson, NY

In my current position as the Executive Officer for the Builders Association of the Hudson Valley and in my previous position with the Orange County Association of REALTORS, I have for years had the benefit of witnessing Claudia’s effectiveness with builders and REALTORS alike.

I have been so impressed with her results that I brought her in just last month to help me sell my home; that pretty much says it all!

Scott Wohl, Executive Officer of Builders and Remodelers Association of the Hudson Valley

Claudia Jacobs Designs was recommended by our realtor for a home staging. My home is for sale because my husband took on a new job 350 miles away. Our home is a 4-bedroom 2500 sq. foot center hall colonial built during 1960-61. If we could relocate the house with us, we would.

Claudia Jacobs was a dream to work with during our staging consultation. She is the consummate professional with a relaxed and easy-going demeanor providing the perfect balance for a homeowner who is selling a home she loves.

Her suggestions were spot on! Removing the carpeting from our stairs leading up to the bedrooms, which ones sees when entering the house, really makes a super first impression, as did removal of the carpeting in the living room and an area rug in the dining room. All these spaces now highlight the warm tones of the home’s wood floors. Another suggestion was rearranging existing furniture in two of the bedrooms, which improved their balance making them look more inviting.

Claudia’s rates were fair given the quality of her work. She retook all the photos used on the realty websites. They were incredible.

I would recommend Claudia to others needing to decorate their current home, or planning to prepare for sale as we did. I plan to seek her services once relocated to our future home.

Fran J, Middletown, NY

“All of the realtors seemed to think our home was a “showcase”. An offer came within a week, and we’re sure the work you did helped a lot with that. The buyers even made a repeat visit with all the extended family, and everyone was duly impressed. Although we are moving out of the area, we’ll be happy to refer any of our house-selling friends to you.”
Peter, formerly of Chester, NY

From Realtors

Claudia completed a staging job for me on a very large and vacant house. Not only did she do an outstanding job of bringing in furnishings and arranging and decorating, but she was also instrumental in assisting my sellers to choose the right colors for paint and trim. Her follow up and attention to detail sets her apart from others in her field! Her efforts resulted in a very fair offer my sellers and a closed sale!

Laurel Lustgarten, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Central Valley, NY

Claudia Jacobs Designs worked with two of my listings She did a fabulous job. One listing sold in two days and the other within 1 week. I would recommend Claudia Design to future clients that want to sell their home.

Kathy Milich, RE/MAX Benchmark Realty Group, New Windsor, NY

“Claudia is a fantastic stager. She exceeded the expectations of my client! After staging the home we received an offer in just two days. This was a challenging house to stage and Claudia brought a wealth of experience and knowledge and knew just what to do to overcome its challenges.”
– Katheryn DeClerck, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, 2013 President of Hudson Gateway Association Of Realtors

Claudia Jacobs comes into my clients’ homes with a very positive attitude, being respectful to not offend their feelings. She walks through each home to get its feel, weather old or new, large or small. She then puts it all together and creates a whole new look and feel for the home. One of the homes Claudia staged had been on the market for months without any showings. She came in with some of her props and rearranged what they already had and created something beautiful. My sellers had become discouraged until they saw what Claudia did with their home. After posting the new photos on line, we began getting tons of showing. This has happened to every home Claudia has staged for my clients. I recommend Claudia to all of my clients because I have seen how much easier she makes marketing their home.

Judy New, ARC Realty, Monroe, NY

Claudia and I first meet a “few” years back at our local Orange/Rockland Realtor convention and struck up a conversation about the advantages of home staging. Soon after she came to our office and spoke with our agents about staging our homes that we had on the market for sale and gave us a few tips.

I have personally used Claudia in my home to decorate my living room and bedroom. She is very professional, has great ideas. We worked really well together she considers others tastes, she will try to find bargains as well as use items you already own. I appreciate all she does for my home seller clients.

Sue Jackowski, RJ Smith Realty, Real Estate Solutions, Pine Bush, NY

I have had the pleasure of having Claudia Jacobs stage one of my listings. It was a large ranch home with beautiful antiques and collectibles. Claudia was able to help re-arrange furnishings and streamline the decorative accents to really open the home up. With Claudia’s help, we did sell the home. Claudia also presented at a meeting for my company, RJ Smith Realty/Real Estate Solutions and she was a great source of information and ideas.

Sarah Berger, RJ Smith Realty, Real Estate Solutions, Pine Bush, NY

“Every now and than you hire someone who is more than a consultant, and Claudia is this person for my company. She gives you more than you expect to receive. I received up front, no nonsense honesty and common sense, which she utilizes in her approaches that only someone with confidence and experience can provide. I do not hesitate to recommend Claudia, nor do I hesitate to…more.”
-John Hinson, Licensed Real Estate Broker at John Hinson Reality, LLC
Claudia is the consummate professional. Her staging is impeccable and she is gentle but firm in relaying constructive criticism to my clients. Her efforts have helped get my listings sold.
Teri Power, Keller Williams Realty, Highland Mills, NY

Claudia’s design decisions are always right on target to help a home sell quicker. She creates rooms that people want to live in. She has given advice to my investors that make me look good.

Deborah Warner, Keller Williams Realty, Highland Mills, NY

Claudia is the best stager I know of in the Hudson Valley. Time after time she has worked her magic on my listings. When she is done the houses look so much more inviting to buyers. She is professional, honest and up to date with her knowledge and expertise of current decorating trends. I highly recommend her.
Susan Walski, Keller Williams Realty, Highland Mills, NY
“Claudia is a fabulous stager. She is has the vision to make the rooms appeal to buyers. The latest house that Claudia staged for my sellers just SOLD for $60,000 more than the exact house on the same street. She rearranged the furniture and accessories that were already in the home.
Claudia is a knowledgeable, personable and energetic stager.”
-Jeannie Costanzo, Keller Williams, Highland Mills
I am a realtor and have been using Claudia’s services for about the last five years. She is extremely professional and my Client’s have found her a joy to work with. In one particular case, I hired her to stage a listing, which had an accepted offer in 8 day’s!!! Her services definitely add value to my listing proposition and I would and continue to refer her business when ever possible.
Claude Brischoux, Keller Williams Realty, Highland Mills, NY
“I have worked with Claudia on many occasions; she is extremely professional and such a pleasure to work with. She thinks out of the box and can get any job done in a timely manner. She is my go to person for staging and interior design.”
– Debra Walsh, Real Estate Agent at Keller Williams, Highland Mills
“Great advise, service and attitude. Very rare to you get someone who delivers on the spoken word. Claudia is true to her talk. It helps that she’s a great person too.”
-Chris Scibelli, CEO/Real Estate Broker-Owner Keller Williams, Highland Mills
“In this difficult real estate market, we wanted to do everything we could to make our home more appealing to potential buyers. Having Claudia do our staging was one of the best decisions we could have made. The end result was amazing!”
– Leslee Thoelen, Blooming Grove, NY
“What can I say other then WOW. Claudia took an awkward situation and turned it into one of the most positive experiences for Leslee, her family, and everyone else involved. I would recommend her services to anyone having a hard time selling, or decorating their home. Her soothing personality created unbelievable excitement and the willingness to get the work done. Leslee did an awesome job following her suggestions and in record time. Hats off to the both of you. You rock!!!!”
– Randye Ackerman, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Vacant Staging Testimonials

“We had a few spec homes that we could not sell and had to do something different to get some interest, we felt lowering the price or any incentive was not the way to go. We decided to stage the home. We used the services of Claudia Jacobs Designs who staged the main rooms of the homes to allow people to can get a real feel for the space. Interest picked up on both homes and sold within a short period of time. We believe in Real estate staging for new construction.”
– Angelo Ferrante, Hudson Valley Contracting Group, New Hampton, NY

I have worked with Claudia through our company Hudson Valley Contracting Group for several years in various capacities. Using her ‘Staging’ skills in our ‘New’ construction, Claudia takes the clean pallet of an empty room & presents to homebuyers a vision as to the potential of what could be their future home.

If you’ve ever contemplated redecorating, remodeling or repurposing a space, you’ll soon find out the catalogues pile up, swatches becomes a blur & paint chips are infinite. Claudia reigns in the confusion. She listens, observes and guides you towards your design ideal.

Through the use of color, texture, placement in space, the nuance of lighting or a whole new style direction, Claudia is your creative catalyst.

In the part of my ‘I want t be a decorator’ brain, I have filed away two priceless tidbits of advice from Claudia Jacobs that have worked wonders in my personal space…(1) edit…, (2) Does your home hug you?. If you have the opportunity to take a class with Claudia, attend one of her seminars or hire her services she will expound on these ideas and you will go away enlightened, refreshed and excited to tackle your design challenges.

Deb, Hudson Valley Contracting Group, New Hampton, NY

It is amazing that when you put the appropriate scale of furniture in a room, the room always look bigger and better. It certainly is the case here. The pictures you took also look really good as well. I am always happy to have value added especially where there is a lot at stake. You are a pleasure to work with. Thank you.
– Larry G., Monroe, NY

Redesign & Decorating Testimonials

Claudia has been instrumental in guiding the color palette for both our home and office. In addition, she has offered valuable insight into layout and decorating styles throughout the process.

Her patience and counsel were very helpful. I would strongly recommend her to any of my friends or associates.

Jessica Gardner, Port Jervis, NY

“Claudia is a joy to work with! Under a tight timeline, she really helped ease our transition into our new house. Using her terrific sense of color, she beautifully translated my color scheme ideas into Benjamin Moore colors and helped transform our screaming ’90s house into a warm, inviting and stately family home. It was a big project and she was brilliant at solving furniture placement problems, as well. I highly recommend Claudia to friends and family alike.”
– Brenda, Warwick, NY
“Thank you so much for doing our redesign. It looks amazing! All I want to do is sit in my “new” living room and relax. My husband loves it too. I can’t wait to show off our new room to our family and friends.”
– Rebecca, Newburgh, NY
“Claudia took a big open area and grouped the furniture so that we had more defined space. We had never considered the layout that seemed so obvious to her. Before using Claudia, we had called several interior designers, but found that they mainly wanted to sell us furniture or other services. Claudia was able to work objectively using our own furniture, and made suggestions for the pieces that we wanted to replace.”
– Joy & Steve, Chester, NY
“When I went into business for myself I converted my den into my office. While it was functional for me it was chaotic and unwelcoming for clients. Since consulting is a critical part of my business I knew change was needed. Claudia came in and reviewed the office and within a very short period of time she showed me the redesign. It was gorgeous. It not only felt like a professional office it was warm and inviting. More important it was elegant and didn’t cost me a king’s fortune. With Claudia’s help we not only got the look we wanted but we came in under budget. Clients love it and I love the environment. It stimulates me to work even harder. Now that is value added.”
– Scott Lask, Scott Lask
Wealth Management Group LLC, Monroe, NY
“When Claudia attended the School of Interior Redesign, LLC several years ago, I knew she would be a success. She clearly displayed talent, creativity, and a passion for her career. Not only has it been a pleasure to continue to work with her on projects over the years, I have also had the opportunity to watch her share her incredible knowledge with others in an informative and entertaining manner during our annual Association of Design Conferences.”
– Ann Anderson, School of Interior Redesign, Milford, CT

Letter from the Wallkill Woman’s Club on my “House-Life Connection” Presentation.

Dear Claudia,
Thank you for your introduction to redesign and review of the services you provide.
Your insight showed us that we all could benefit from your services whether it be color selection, choosing accessories, or furniture arrangement. Prior to meeting you, we all may have thought hiring a designer was unnecessary or a stager was for only selling a house, but we see now that is definitely not the case. As our club collect states, “it is the little things that create differences.” Indeed, in making a home it is the little things that create differences and your ideas and unbiased eye could help all of us bring harmony to our home design.
You are now on our speed dials for the next time any of us start a project at home!
Sincerely yours,
– Renée DeGroat
On behalf of the Wallkill Woman’s Club


Letter from the Publisher of Real Estate Executive

Claudia Jacobs of Claudia Jacobs Designs has been a popular and very well received speaker at our annual Hudson Valley REALTOR Convention for the past few years. Her workshops at the 2009 convention really packed in the attendees. The convention covers 5 counties in upstate New York. Claudia has a way of presenting staging tips that give the audience actual tips they can use when working with sellers to prepare their homes for sale… especially in today’s challenging market.
Claudia also was a featured writer for one of my magazines, The Greater Hudson Valley edition of REAL ESTATE Executive, a local edition of a national trade journal sent to 3000 REALTORS in the Hudson Valley plus an additional 9,000 REALTORS and industry related professionals via our digital version.
She can be counted on the always in person or in print, create timely topics of interest and value for the real estate community.
– Mikki Shepard
Publisher of Real Estate Executive
Chairman of the Hudson Valley REALTOR Convention


Letter from the Head of Consumer Science Department, Goshen High School

It was our pleasure to have Claudia Jacobs participate in our 2010 Orange County Family & Consumer Science/Health Education Conference. Now I need to get her into the classroom to share everything with the students! The overall response from the conference survey completed by everyone was all positive. Here are some comments they wrote about her presentation….and these are all quoted from the written survey:
Really knows design and gave great tips
Great presentation— FUN and involved us!
Genuine–not trying to sell anything
Great ideas to re-do my kitchen
Don’t stick with trends!
Powerful – it was very helpful
Very vibrant!
Great job!..very upbeat!
Great presenter!
I am just going to have her over to my house!
Remember…a splash of red!
-Janice Marsiglio,
Head of Consumer Science Department
Goshen High School, Goshen, New York


Letter from Teri Powers CRS GRI, Keller Williams Realty Central Valley, NY

Claudia Jacobs is passionate about her business and about helping Realtors increase sales by utilizing staging as a regular part of their marketing efforts.
Besides providing a weekly newspaper article in our county paper, Claudia blogs extensively about the topic.
As Chairperson of our Professional Enrichment (Education) Committee, Claudia has never turned down any of our requests for her to present to our associates. She has been a consistent and creative contributor to our Market Center’s education calendar.
Claudia has made a significant impact on our associates’ understanding of the importance of staging and has been instrumental in increasing our Market Center’s overall performance in successful number of sales.
-Teri Powers CRS GRI, Keller Williams, Highland Mills, New York