Becoming a home stager doesn’t mean you have to get yourself into credit card debt stocking up on art, accessories, towels and bedding.
If you’ve been putting off your desire to learn home staging because you’re not prepared for these expenses, you should know you have other options.
When it comes to accessories, towels and bedding – those types of things – when I need to purchase them for a client, I use their money and everything ends up belonging to my clients.
This works very well. I get paid for my time to go shopping and I’m shopping with my clients’ money. The client gets to keep the receipts and the packaging, so when the house sells it’s up to them if they want to keep that stuff because it’s theirs. If they want to return items to get a different color to match their new home, or if they don’t want to keep any of it – that’s up to them.
Some home stagers like to build up their own stash of vases, candles and other accessories, but I deliberately decided not to do that. I don’t want the bother of storing those things and keeping track of them, so I approach it differently. Many homeowners love the fact that they have all this great new stuff to move to their new home.
When it comes to artwork, many furniture rental places rent art as well but it can be difficult to find appropriate art for home staging. The Staging Diva® Art Shop makes shopping for art effortless. Each piece was selected for home staging and galleries are organized by room. On top of that, when you choose your piece, you also pick your mat and frame and it’s shipped right to your door.
Home stagers, do you prefer to stock pile your own accessories or do you do what I do, purchasing them on behalf of your clients? Please share your process by leaving a comment below.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Through the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program, Debra Gould has taught more than 4000 people around the world how to make money as home stagers.
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