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5 in 5! with Barbara Heil-Sonneck, President & Creative Director of Design2Sell

February 19, 2013

Design2Sell (@D2S_HomeStaging) is a Residential Design Company, offering Home Staging and Re-Design services to its customers. We are committed to providing excellence, while enhancing the function, aesthetic and quality of interior spaces. Design2Sell is actively marketing its services via social Media, blogging, campaigns, PR, special events & seminars. For more information check out their Facebook and LinkedIn.

Barbara Heil-Sonneck is President and Creative Director of Design2Sell. Barbara has a comprehensive remodeling background, and has been designing spaces since 2001. Born and raised in Germany Barbara give that European flare to her designs and understands that each project is unique to the customer. Barbara is very personable and has a knack for engages with her clients throughout the process to guarantee a truly personal service and result.

1. How did you get started in the industry? How can someone who is interested in your work get started?

Barbara Heil-Sonneck

Barbara Heil-Sonneck, President & Creative Director of Design2Sell

After an international Management Career in the corporate world I decided to start to fulfill my passion for Real Estate and Design in 2001. I would buy run-down spaces and turn them into beautiful places to live-in on a budget and increase the profit line.

Setting the Stage for Closing the Sale by increasing the desirability of a product – out of this concept Design2Sell was ‘born’. My Interiors and home staging company aims to touch the emotions of potential clients and customers with proven features that add beauty within a budget. We become your extended marketing team by making the product more desirable and communicating the top value of your space. The “Product” can be a Home, an Office or even a Stage.

The best way for someone who is interested in working with Design2Sell is through our intern program which we offer year round to both domestic and international applicants.

2. What’s the future of your industry or job?

Home Staging is becoming more and more popular as more buyers begin to see the benefits. As staged spaces tend to sell faster and for a higher value it will eventually become part of the process of selling a home. Buyers like to see a space at its full potential and for some sellers they don’t have time or talent to do it themselves and that where we come in and get the job done for you.

3. What do you look for when you hire an intern or entry-level candidate?

When hiring an intern or entry level candidate we look for someone with Passion, Communication Skills, Experience and Creativity, Availability and a sense of Professionalism.

4. What is one thing an intern can do to make a favorable impression?

To make a lasting impression as an intern one would have to have a strong work ethic and bring creative fresh ideas to the table.

5. Can you share a positive intern story and an intern horror story? No names needed…

We have had a few domestic interns who have done exceptional work and were hired on as staff and also international interns who have brought their worldly insight to the company. We pride ourselves on being supportive towards our interns whether they continue working with or proceed to other endeavors.

Interested in interning with Design2Sell? They’re currently looking for Marketing and Communication interns! Apply now.

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