A real estate agent, who believes in the power of home staging to help real estate listings sell faster, can be a real asset when you’re building your home staging business. Especially in the early days when few people have heard of you yet and getting noticed as the expert home stager in your local market is critical.
However, there are downsides to working with agents as you’ll see from this business challenge sent in by Melanie*. She writes:
“I am currently working on my first home staging job and just about ready to go in for the final stage. Even though this is my fist staging project, I am finding the REALTOR® a little micromanaging to say the least.
She has an opinion on EVERYTHING! I would like to think that I know what I am doing and I am sure the real estate agent does too, but she is starting to get on my nerves.
Do you have any suggestions on how to deal with this?”
*The home stager’s name has been changed for the purpose of sharing this business challenge publicly. If you have a question you’d like to see featured and answered in the Home Staging Business Report, send it to me by email with “Ask Staging Diva” in the subject line.
Readers, what do you say to Melanie? I’ll be posting my thoughts in the next week or two, but before I do, it would be great to get some ideas and suggestions going to help her deal with this home staging business challenge.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Debra Gould has been a home stager since 2002. In addition to developing the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program, she has bought, decorated and sold 8 homes— dealing with thousands of real estate agents as a home buyer, home seller and home stager.