Katie Podl-Fish talks success with Showhomes staging services.

Katie has been with Keller Williams, Inspire (formerly Keller Williams Fox Valley) since 2008. It was not a huge leap for someone that had 15 years of experience as an area sales manager for both Pulte and Centex. Jumping into this role in the height of the Great Recession likely added to the excitement.


Fun fact; Katie and Showhomes Fox Valley/Suburban West started their real estate services at the same time, during the Great Recession and we're both still around. Safe to say, we're both more knowledgeable and stronger than ever and ready for the summer market that is now in full swing.


Katie is finalizing her 3rd very successful project with Showhomes FV. She has a great way of looking at the value added by our professional home staging services.


"My first project came as a result of a KW friend, Cindy Strahota, (Showhomes personal note to Cindy—THANK YOU!)  is a wonderful cheerleader for Showhomes. She has used them with great success, and I had a project that needed some of that—great success that is!


I got a listing that needed to sell fast. They were in a popular area and after checking, there were 13 homes in their subdivision already for sale. After personally reviewing each home I knew my sellers had to stand out and sell fast. I recommended Showhomes FV/SW to my client. They agreed and the home was staged BEFORE it hit the market—to maximize impact and salability.


You guessed it. Sold in a few days while other un-staged, uninteresting homes continued to languish on the market. I was an instant believer—not only in professional home staging, but now with Showhomes. They were great to work with.


Their service and quality keep me referring them to my sellers. They are professional, affordable, timely and they do great staging! They even handle things like color consultations, provide referral help with updating things like painting, flooring, lighting, countertops and more. They truly are the one stop staging shop.


After further success with Showhomes, I suppose the true test came when it was time to sell my own house. It's the middle of this Pandemic and the market is hot. I was too busy to do everything myself. And truth be told, I am not up on the latest staging and design systems and trends. I know that Showhomes has a huge warehouse full of whatever I would need, and they came through again.


I wanted my home to stand out, so I called Showhomes since I knew from experience, they were the right ones for the job. Now I am spending my money and I was comfortable with the entire process and I knew it would be great, and it was.


They helped me with selection of up to date lighting and current preferred paint colors. To add to that they even suggested painting our fireplace and va-va-voom, what a difference!


As you would imagine, after the updates and the beautiful staging, the home looked incredible. I am a believer in getting a home ready for market BEFORE it hits the market and I kept to my ideals here and when the home was perfect, I listed.


And here we go, the proof—had offers quickly and under contract on day 5!


I truly believe there is no other way I would have sold my home as quickly without the Showhomes expertise. I do not hesitate to recommend Showhomes Fox Valley/Suburban West at every opportunity.


After all, Showhomes' success becomes my success, then my success becomes my sellers success. That's a Win-win-win in my book.

We have a great team thing going and I look forward to every project I do with Showhomes Fox Valley/Suburban West.


My advice—try it! AND, stage BEFORE you list! We only get one chance at that first impression. Why would anyone want it to be 'meh' when it can be Showhomes Fab!?"


Katie Podl-Fish

Keller Williams Inspire

She is available at 847-560-FISH