It all depends which real estate agent we might be dealing with and their attitudes towards home staging.
Sometimes, we aren’t dealing with the real estate agent at all because the home seller hires us first. In these cases, we often don’t meet or speak with the Realtor® who is eventually hired to sell that particular property.
Real estate agents are an important audience for your home staging services.
But real estate agents 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 staging project!
I saw red, as I felt the Realtor was insulting me by rearranging my home staging. I didn’t appreciate her touching items that belong to me, especially the accessories.
She also convinced the home seller to change the furniture as ‘she’ the real estate agent, didn’t like the style of furniture. The owner then rings me to ask “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.
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.