If you’re faced with a stack of photos and trying to organize your thoughts and ideas after a home staging consultation, struggling over the report you’re preparing for the homeowners you are really wasting your time.
You just love doing paperwork.
You enjoy knowing you have a lengthy report to complete before moving on to the next project.
You’re getting paid extra to write the consultation report.
Staging consultation reports are a waste!
In my opinion, this practice is a pure waste of time. And when you have your own business time is money.
All the time you’ll take to write this thing is better spent getting new clients (ie marketing), or doing a PAID consultation for the next client.
You do get paid for your consultations right? Never go to a clients house for free, that’s another mistake too many new stagers make.
I’ve covered this in other articles, for example, this one.
Preparing home staging consultation reports is one of many traps new stagers fall into. It’s one of the many contributing factors to home stagers going out of business.
Staging Diva Students learn in Course 3 “Taking the Mystery Out of Home Staging Consultations” how to avoid writing reports altogether unless they love doing them and they’re getting paid a lot extra to do them.
Unfortunately, other home staging training companies (and a certain “Dummies” guide) have perpetuated this notion that home staging consultation reports are necessary.
By now, you’re probably thinking, “But everyone else does them!” Actually NOT everyone does.
I’ve staged homes for clients since 2002 and there are thousands of Staging Diva Graduates who have been following my advice for many years, and they don’t prepare reports either.
Here’s why home staging consultation reports are a waste of time
There are several reasons why home staging consultation reports are a waste of your time.
- It’s hours of extra work you’re not getting paid for.
- When your services are priced properly, you’re losing hundreds of dollars with each report because you could be doing a consultation for the next client instead.
- The client will probably never actually read it. We’re all busy!
- You’re giving yourself unpaid “homework” to stress over. I love that in my business model, I go in, do a consultation and leave with my money and nothing else hanging over my head! It’s simple and fast, and way more lucrative!
- Clients don’t want to read a great big report. They just want their house staged so it will sell faster for more money.
I cover this in more detail in my FREE course, 10 tips to a Home Staging Business.
Home stagers, share your thoughts
Home stagers, can you give me any reasons why preparing lengthy consultation reports is actually a good idea?
Or if you used to do them and gave them up, tell us how you came to that decision.
If you still do them, do you love it or have you found it an obligation that always feels like it’s hanging over your head?
Please comment with your own opinion and let’s discuss!