About Transition Home Staging

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“The investment of staging in your home is far less than a price reduction on your home.”  Barb Schwarz, creator of Home Staging

Transition Home Staging offers Home Staging services for residential homes and estates in the Chicago Area. Working with top-tier Real Estate Agents, Homeowners and Developers, our highly skilled team consults, designs, recommends and creates plans to maximize client return on their investment.

We own and warehouse all our furniture in Palatine, Illinois.

Owner, Terri Votanek, began her career as a Real Estate Broker in 2001. In September 2012, Terri created Transition Home Staging. With her real estate experience and creative flare, Terri’s business has grown in three years to include four additional Home Stagers and an Administrative Assistant.

Meet the Team

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Terri Votanek , Owner and creator of Transition Home Staging, Master ASP Stager.  With her passion for real estate and desire to use her creativity in helping her seller clients prepare their homes for sale, Terri made the “transition” from selling real estate full time to starting Transition Home Staging.  She now stages homes for her fellow Real Estate agents in the north and northwestern suburbs of Chicago. ASP® Certification, April 2011,  ASPM®Certification, October 2014, Real Estate Broker 2001



michele barberMichele Barber, ASP Team Stager.  Holds a B.A. in Advertising and has worked in Marketing and Human Resources. She spent a year representing our state as Mrs. Illinois America, and then turned her creative talents to design and home staging.  As part of the Transition Home Staging Team she understands what buyers are looking for and how to stage your home to reflect current trends. ASP® Certification, a member of IAHSP and GCIRC Chicago Chapter.


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Lisa Cumbo, ASP Team Stager.  Holds a degree in Fashion Merchandising.  With over 15 years in the furniture industry she has set up showrooms for trade shows and participated in the High Point North Carolina Furniture Markets as well as Gift Shows. Lisa assisted Furniture Retailers, Gift, Home Furnishing Stores and Interior Designers with her knowledge of current trends and display techniques.  With her passion for the Furniture Industry, she has been able to use her creative talent and work with Transition Home Staging since 2015.  ASP® Certification, a member of IAHSP and GCIRC Chicaago Chapter.

jana head shot (2)Janaan Curran, ASP Team Stager.  Received her Accredited Staging Professional certification April, 2015. She decided to get into Home Staging after she and her husband had their home staged to sell and it sold in one week!  She has always loved re-creating rooms in her own home and thought how exciting it would e to help people get their homes “picture perfect ready” for the real estate market. ASP® Certification


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Nancy Loke, ASP Team Stager. Received her AccreditedStaging Professional certification September, 2015.



Heather Robak, ASP Team Stager. With always having the passion for design & creativity Heather started college with Interior design but changed careers rather quickly. Heather decided to pursue her talents in the beauty industry & owned a beauty salon for over 12 years. With Heather’s background of  being creative & for having the love of design she then decided to become an ASP & received her accredited Staging Professional Certification October 2017. Heather enjoys creating the most impactful first impression that will be a lasting impression. ASP® certification, member of IAHSP & GCIRC Chicago Chapter

FullSizeRender (1)Lisa Reiff, Administrator and IT Consultant.  Received a BS degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After working as a Systems Integrator at Control Data and a Systems Analyst at Johnston Coca Cola, Lisa left the corporate world to raise her 2 children.  During this time, she has worked part time at a local retail store assisting with administrative duties, designing and managing marketing emails and managing all in-house invitation design and printing.  In addition she has assisted local businesses with their website concerns.