Home stagers often need to either provide or recommend outside services, in addition to doing the actual rearranging of furniture.
The most common of these services needed in home staging include:
- Sourcing and selecting rental furniture/art/accessories
- Purchasing accessories (bedding, towels, decorative items, flowers)
- Handyman-type repairs
- Gathering packing supplies
- Finding storage facilities
- Junk removal
- Cleaning (interior, windows, carpets, exterior)
I personally don’t do any heavy lifting or sorting through clutter. I choose paint colors but I don’t do the painting. All stagers do things differently but I built my service list when I started my staging business so I would only offer home staging services I would enjoy doing. However, I have also learned out how to form alliances with trusted contractors offering those other services I knew I’d need to recommend to my clients.
Have you figured out where all these home staging services will come from in your business yet? If not, working on your list of trusted contractors is a great activity to do during slow periods, as it will help increase your business over time. Start jotting down names of service providers you’ve used in the past and find out who your friends and family members recommend as well. Remember, the people you recommend are going to be a reflection of you as a professional home stager so only choose the best contractors to refer your clients to.
Many home staging projects have to be done under VERY tight time lines. Knowing who you can call for help before you need it will significantly reduce your own stress level when you’re trying to get a house picture-perfect in record time.
While it may not seem exciting to track these resources down, it should be a priority. You’ll learn more about how to find the right people to work with in Course 5 of the Staging Diva® Training Program, called “Over 30 More Ways to Make Money in Home Staging.”
Home stagers, can you recall a circumstance where you wished you had a list like this in front of you? Please share your experiences with service providers by leaving a comment below.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Home Staging
Debra Gould knows the key to success in business is in how you market it. She’s taught thousands of people around the globe how to make money using their natural creative talent as home stagers through the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program.