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Read testimonials from realtors and builders, staging clients and redesign clients.

Testimonials from Industry Professionals

"Cheri staged this vacant home to give it a "WOW" factor. My clients were amazed that this was the same home! It SOLD in 4 days @ List Price!"

There is an extra benefit of hiring a professional stager to help sell your home. Whether it is a complete make-over or simple de-cluttering, statistics show that professionally staged homes sell faster with a higher sales price to list price ratio. Cheri Kasella has the gift. Her “natural eye” will transform any home into a thing a beauty.

Cheri staged a vacant bank-owned Lincoln Park single family home for McEwen Marketing Chicago in 2011. The result: 2633 N. Southport SOLD in 4 days @ List Price!

If pictures are worth a thousand words than Cheri K. of Haven Home Staging and Redesign, Inc. made the pictures worth a million for 2633 Southport. Cheri added color, energy and most importantly warmth to a very dull property. Cheri staged the home appropriately and made the most of the ultra-modern design and gave it a “WOW” factor. My clients were amazed that this was the same home!

     ~ Steve McEwen, @ Properties Realtor (Chicago) www.makingchicagomove.com


"It was recommended to me by my agent that I stage the property to be more appealing to the buyer."

I am currently in real estate development, I rehab houses and then sell them. It was recommended to me by my agent that I stage the property so it would be more appealing to the buyer. This way the buyer can have vision and not just see an empty house. My agent recommended you to me and I have had nothing but positive experiences with you all around.

I got the names of a couple of stagers. When I first spoke with you, I had a good feeling about you and your services from the onset. For me, it is all about the first impression. This has proven to usually carry through the entire process. And, you came highly recommended to me.

I have thrown some last minute curve balls and requests at you and the way you handled them were impressive. You have always been willing to accommodate, within reason, and do it in a very good manner. People can be very difficult and demanding but when things are done in an appropriate manner, I feel like it is a win/win for both parties. I believe that to be true in this case.

     ~ Stacey Zontini, Eddy Street Properties LLC (Chicago)


"She provides exceptional service and options every time."

Cheri’s design eye and furniture inventory is fresh yet classic and appeals to a wide range of tastes. She makes a home feel comfortable and well-styled all at the same time. I have hired her with different budget parameters and she provides exceptional service and options every time.

     ~ Samantha O'Keefe, Realtor (Chicago)


"When I first met Cheri she was professional and listened to what I wanted and added her own touch versus dictating and trying to push her personal flavor."

I called Cheri because we do some new construction and I feel that staging the units would help us get offers quicker and increase the value. After having another outfit help us and fail I started searching out new help. When I first met Cheri she was professional and listened to what I wanted and added her own touch versus dictating and trying to push her personal flavor.

Not only did her staging ability help us out but so did her design ideas. She brought our latest unit to life with the paint selections she made. Most of all I like that Cheri accommodates and has a very warm nice personality. You don’t get the arrogant attitude as some design/staging company owners or workers have. She is very down to earth and easy to get along with.

     ~ John Nannini, Broker for Rexson Realty (Chicago)


Staging Testimonials

"I implemented most of her suggestions and staged my whole place. The place looked amazing. It looked like a show room. I had a cash offer in four days!"

My friend used Haven Home Staging and had three offers in one day. On top of that, she received $20,000 over the asking price! She said it was the staging that made the difference. We own a house and have been renting out my condo for three years. I decided it was time to sell. I met with Cheri and she gave paint suggestions and staging options to fit my budget. I implemented most of her suggestions and staged my whole place. The place looked amazing. It looked like a show room. I had a cash offer in four days! It was worth every penny! She has the magic touch.

     ~ Donna K., Homeowner (Chicago)


"The end result was phenomenal! We sold our home on the first open house – we had three competing offers!"

We recently made several improvements to our home to ready it for sale. However, we did not have the furniture or décor that really complemented the improvements. We knew that the home would photograph and show much better if potential buyers could see it set up as a fully functional, attractive living room/dining room. Cheri was highly recommended by our realtor, who also believed that home staging would significantly reduce the time on the market.

The end result was phenomenal! Our whole first floor – living room/dining room, home office, and family room all were staged to perfection. Cheri’s style mixes traditional and modern elements. Her pieces gave an expensive yet comfortable feel to the rooms. We sold our home on the first open house – we had three competing offers! I truly believe that Cheri’s services helped complete the overall image of the home and made it very appealing to potential buyers. We couldn’t be more pleased.

Cheri stayed all day until she felt each room achieved the overall look she was striving for. I appreciated her style – mixing different elements to give a polished look. Yet at the same time, it didn’t feel overworked or unlivable. I also asked Cheri to incorporate some of our personal pieces of artwork and such, which she willingly did.

     ~ Polly V., Homeowner (Chicago)


"We were able to sell our home in only 18 days for 97% of our asking price. I can’t recommend her highly enough."

Cheri was invaluable when we sold our home of 25 years. Though some of the decluttering and depersonalizing was very difficult for us, with her encouragement and advice we were able to sell our home in only 18 days for 97% of our asking price. I can’t recommend her highly enough.

     ~ Evelyn N., Homeowner (Oak Park)


"The condo staging looks AMAZING!"

YOU RULE! The condo staging looks AMAZING! It has never looked this incredible. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and expertise.

     ~ Shawna S., Homeowner (Chicago)


"After you staged our home, all we received were compliments on how nicely it was designed. We sold it 3 weeks later!"

Thank you so much for your staging help that lead to the sale of our home. Prior to your staging, we received feedback that our home felt too crowded. After you staged our home, all we received were compliments on how nicely it was designed. We sold it 3 weeks later! You were quick, reasonably priced and very professional. Thank you so much for your time and valuable direction.

     ~ Bridget and Jordan D., Homeowner (Chicago)


"My new agent suggested a consultation with Cheri/Haven Home Staging. I took her advice... I had a contract to purchase in 48 hours."

After having my condo on the market for over one year, I switched real estate agents. One of the first things my new agent suggested was a consultation with Cheri/Haven Home Staging. Cheri spent nearly 3 hours at my place and provided me a list of suggested enhancements. I took her advice and made the suggested changes. When I re-listed my place, I had several showings right away and a contract to purchase in 48 hours. Cheri played a big part in that. I strongly recommend Cheri/Haven Home Staging.

     ~ Brian D., Homeowner (Chicago)


Redesign Testimonials

"Cheri took what was a very stressful task for me and made it easy! She is not pushy and offered suggestions that pushed me outside of my comfort zone - with results I love!"

We first worked with Haven Home Staging and Redesign when we were putting our condo in the city on the market. We needed help with prepping our place for sale and loved what she had done with staging our neighbor’s home. We loved all of her ideas and appreciated her unbiased opinions.

We contacted Haven again after recently moving into a new home. I was feeling overwhelmed with decorating decisions (paint colors, furniture, window coverings, rugs, etc.). Cheri came to the house and walked through each room with me asking questions about color and style preferences and offered many ideas I would have never thought of! She sent paint samples for my review (clearly labeled for each room) as well as links to various furniture sites with suggestions.

Cheri took what was a very stressful task for me and made it easy! She is very detail orientated and thorough. She is not pushy and offered suggestions that pushed me outside of my comfort zone – with results I love! She works with your schedule and is sensitive to varying budgets.

I will definitely use Haven Home Staging and Redesign again as well as recommend her to friends and family.

     ~ Michelle B., Homeowner (Park Ridge)


"The kitchen came out beautifully with a high-end feel, while staying within the budget and completing the job ahead of time."

I had the pleasure working with Cheri on remodeling my kitchen. Constrained to a budget, she understood my big picture goals and even challenged me to take some risks. All of the vendors that Cheri brought into the project were professional, neat and provided fantastic work. The kitchen came out beautifully with a high-end feel, while staying within the budget and completing the job ahead of time.

     ~ Lisa S., Homeowner (Elk Grove Village)


"I like working with Cheri because she was so easy and sincere to create a working relationship based on communication and trust."

With the combination of work, social life, personal activities, etc., it’s very difficult to have a vision of what a home should look like (to one’s tastes/preferences) and how it should feel when there’s so many things going on all at once. It could have been an intimidating and stressful experience, but hiring Cheri alleviated all of that for me. We chose to work with Cheri because she was referred to us by the real estate agent we worked with and because her fees were fairly priced. In addition, she just came off the best when we spoke with her. Cheri’s cost and personality/professionalism came out on top at the end of the day. We couldn’t be happier that we are working with her.

Working with Cheri has made my life much easier because Cheri is so proactive and there’s a trust level that was established early on. I always look forward to working with her because quality work and quality ideas always flow back and forth between us. I like working with Cheri because she was so easy and sincere to create a working relationship based on communication and trust.

     ~ Eric D., Homeowner (Chicago)


"Cheri’s vision made a tremendous difference in our house. She was able to rearrange two odd-shaped rooms...in a way we never would have envisioned ourselves."

Cheri’s vision made a tremendous difference in our house. She was able to rearrange two odd-shaped rooms – using only our existing furniture – in a way we never would have envisioned ourselves. The house looks great. We will definitely use Cheri’s services again.

     ~ Colleen S., Homeowner (Chicago)


"She found the perfect everything to finish my house yet I didn’t break the bank!"

My house was scattered…it had furniture, but it didn’t match, and had no accessories and nothing to pull the different pieces of furniture together. It was pretty “blah.” Whenever I would look for accent pieces or accessories I would get overwhelmed. I also asked Cheri to help pick paint colors for the house – she found the perfect colors and I get tons of compliments on it. …I trusted that she would not convince me to buy (and would prevent me from buying) something that wasn’t my style. I also knew she would be honest if there was something in the house that just had to go.

She found all the perfect accessories…and pulled everything together nicely. I LOVED that she worked with things that I already had but didn’t know what to do with it – books, weird wooden things from my mother-in-law, vases, etc.. I basically pulled out everything I had stored away and Cheri found a cute and different way to use them. I have received so many compliments from people visiting the house.

She found the perfect everything to finish my house yet I didn’t break the bank!

     ~ Kara G., Homeowner (Chicago)


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