If you’re wondering when you’ll stop feeling nervous about how a home staging project will come together, you should know that you may always feel that way and that if you do, you’re completely normal!
You’ll never be able to anticipate every problem or surprise that could come up and it’s impossible to see how your staging design ideas will all come together until you’re completely done.
I’ve been a home stager since 2002 and I’m still nervous until I’m completely finished of a staging project. There will always be small hiccups (and sometimes large ones) that can throw you off but they’re the challenges that keep things interesting and help you grow as a stager and anticipate future problems.
Like how I once rented an armchair that wouldn’t fit up the client’s narrow staircase because the legs didn’t unscrew. Or the time I took two drapery panels out of their packages to discover one had been mislabeled and was 14 inches too short a mere hour before the photos were due to be taken of the property.
Those houses still looked fabulous and thanks to some last minute creative problem solving, nobody knew the difference and guess what? Nobody died. The world didn’t end.
Most live performers feel nervous before a show even if they’ve been touring for years but once they’re onstage they’re fine. Think of the moment that a home staging project comes together as “show time.” You’ll see that it always comes together and that you always feel anxious until that moment.
Home stagers, I would love to hear your stories of a time when you felt particularly nervous about a project. Or tell us about some surprises that happened during a staging project and how you handled them. If there’s a lot of participation, I’ll take your comments and turn them into an article!
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Home Staging and Voice of Possibility Group Inc.
Debra Gould knows how to make money as a home stager and she developed the Staging Diva Training Program to teach others how to earn a living doing something they love.