CHOPPED: The Home Version

CHOPPED: The Home Version isn’t a game where you draw ingredient cards and advance on a board filled with different culinary challenges. And it’s not an app either. (Not sure how that could even work, but there’s an app for everything else, so let’s just take that off the table now)

There is no better comparison, no better way for consumers, and the real estate industry to think about staging an occupied home than CHOPPED: The Home Version.

Basket of unknown and unlikely elements

Home full of unknown and unlikely elements







  • Contestants and stagers are both presented with a surprise collection of unlikely ingredients/elements and conditions.
  • With the clock ticking and big bucks on the line, they need to figure out how to make the best of what they’re given. The goal is to create something visually engaging and satisfying to critics and audiences (agents and buyers)

Also, consider what makes a good contestant/stager:

  • Range and Vision: Deep familiarity with a variety of disparate elements so to create a harmonious and novel product
  • Quick-thinking, and resourceful: Able to make big decisions; also knows how to maximize all resources, including time
  • Confidence, and expertise: Understands process, has a mastery of techniques for excellent execution
I was trained in design, but when the market fell in 2007, I fell into staging at my clients’ urgings.

The choreography of selling, buying and moving changed overnight. Values dropped, houses just did not automatically sell, and financing tightened mightily, necessitating selling before buying for many.

Was stunned to learn the only understanding of what staging was (ie getting a house its market-ready best)  revolved around rental furniture. And I was horrified to see how much sellers lost. They couldn’t do that, and, absent of other industry-accepted options, they did nothing. 

Our market has not only recovered, but has shot into overdrive this past year during COVID. In real life, as in the show, challenges change…and there will always be challenges. Just SO much easier if you know someone who knows what to do with the real estate equivalent of grouper fish, bread cheese and mustard greens!

We can all do something. TRH works with Westchester County sellers: diagnosing, prioritizing and budgeting, helping them create and implement their own best choices. No matter if you’re just starting the process, or re-evaluating what hasn’t worked. When you’re ready to make a change, TRH is here to help.