As a home stager we are part of the “team” that sells a house. That’s not to say we always feel like team members, or that we’d necessarily even want to! It all depends which real estate agent we might be dealing with and their attitudes towards home staging. Sometimes, we aren’t even dealing with the real estate agent at all because the home seller is our client and we never even meet or speak with their Realtor® for that particular home staging project.
Real estate agents are an important audience for your home staging services. But they can also pose some challenges as described in this Ask Staging Diva Home Staging Business Dilemma sent in by “Chris” (name changed), who writes:
“How or what do we do when a real estate agent goes in AFTER I have staged a house and changes around some of my home staging as they didn’t like the inside of the home’s interior the way I had staged the home?
This happened to me on my last home I staged and I saw red, as I felt she was insulting me by rearranging my staging and touching my items that belong to me, especially the accessories.
She also convinced the home owner to change the furniture as ‘she’ the real estate agent, didn’t like the style of furniture. The owner then rings me to say how can we change the furniture?
Please can you advise me how to handle this sensitive topic?”
There are both new and experienced home stagers reading this home staging business dilemma. And, even if you’re totally new to the staging industry, you have life experience that will help us find the right solutions.
Please share your point of view in the comments below. I’ll summarize the best ideas and add my own thoughts in an upcoming post. Your participation will help us “crowd source” a solution, so your participation is key! We’ll all learn from this and it will help us face similar situations in our own home staging business.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
Home staging and marketing expert Debra Gould, developed the Staging Diva Training Program to create opportunities for others to grow their own profitable home staging businesses. There are currently over 7,000 Staging Diva students across the United States, Canada, Australia and 18 other countries around the world. Debra is the author of 5 guides and is frequently profiled in the media.