By: Emily OstermanEmily OsterMan, 34, has been living in a home with a small display manager since 2005.
He’s been doing it since 2012.
Osterman says he had been dealing with a display manager before he decided to quit.
He says the display manager didn’t have much of a job.
Ostermen says he and his wife had an affair and he was kicked out.
“I was so upset, I had to take the job back,” he says.
“I had been in the show business for 18 years.
It was really stressful.”
When he moved back in with his wife and their son, he started to notice problems.
He says he was given little to no input into how things were managed, what was being displayed.
“The house was getting smaller and smaller, and I was frustrated.
It felt like it was becoming a small apartment and I couldn’t get my stuff out,” he recalls.
Ostersman says it was a decision that made sense to him, as he’s a big home theater fan.
“He was a good person, he was respectful of my time, and he did a good job,” he explains.
“When we had our baby, he did an amazing job with the nursery.”
But he was also working on a project that had the potential to be a major problem.
“We needed a new bedroom and I said, ‘I’ll buy a new display.’
And it was like, ‘No, we’ll do this.’
We didn’t even have to pay for it,” he adds.
“We were in the market and he just said, I’ll give you $300 for the display.”
The display manager told Ostersman he’d be getting $300.
He thought it was an outrageous amount for an installation, but he was sold.
“When I found out, I was like: ‘Wow, this is crazy.'”
The couple took out a loan and started renovating their home in 2015.
Ostersmen says it took five months before they were ready to move out.
But the display company was working on renovations, so the couple decided to take it a step further.
Oersmans wife and son had to pay $50,000 to get their new bedroom ready.
He said they wanted something more like a “living room” with a living room wall and furniture in the bedroom.
That’s when things got really expensive.
“They took all my furniture, I put in all my things, and they didn’t give me anything,” he remembers.
The display company ended up taking the money and leaving.
Oversman says there was one last option: rent.
Otsman says they started looking for another home display company.
He was told they were “too old” and they were too expensive.
He started looking around for another company, and finally found one in late 2018.
“It was like a dream come true,” Ostersmans wife says.
Oetsman has been using the display management company ever since.
He calls it a life-changing experience.
“It’s really hard to describe the experience,” he admits.
“It’s very satisfying, because we were given an incredible opportunity to make this change and take this house into the future.”