You’re unpacking your gorgeous new inventory of opulent bedding, throws and accent pillows after the million dollar listing you staged just sold, having spent only a week on the market. It was the first house you had the opportunity to use your entire new collection of home staging accessories for and you’re excited to pack it all up and use it for your next big project.
As you sit on your living room carpet sorting through everything, running your hands over the different textures, you’re thinking about how happy your future clients will be to hear that you come with your own accessories and that they won’t have to buy it all new.
After you shake out one of the throws you notice your cat is very interested in something on the floor nearby. You move in for a closer look and you can’t believe what you see. It’s a little family of bugs and all those headlines about bedbugs suddenly hit home and you realize it’s not just something for travelers to worry about.
You jump back and start to panic. How many other bedbugs have hitched a ride back to your house? Where are they all now? Did the homeowners know they had bedbugs and failed to mention that tidbit of information to you? Do you have to throw out your wonderful new inventory before you’ve had a chance to make back your investment by renting it out to others? Now that you’ve brought bedbugs into your own home, do you need to hire a bedbug exterminator?
In that very moment…what do you do?
I’ll weigh in later but first I’d like to hear your thoughts on this dilemma which should make a pretty good argument for one of the reasons why I don’t endorse having your own home staging inventory!
Please tell us what you would do by leaving a comment below.
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva®
President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Debra Gould knows how to make money as a home stager and she developed the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program to teach others how to earn a living doing something they love. She is frequently profiled in the media for her home staging expertise and is the author of 5 guides for home stagers.