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 a home staging project.
There will always be small hiccups (and sometimes larger ones) that can throw you off. They’re the challenges that:
- Keep home staging projects interesting and creative
- Help you grow as a home stager
- Make it easier to anticipate (and avoid) problems on future home staging projects
For example, I once rented an armchair that wouldn’t fit up the client’s narrow staircase because the legs didn’t unscrew. That became a thing to check for when I did future furniture rentals.
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! Now I open the packages ahead of time.
Those home staging projects 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.
“Show Time” for Your Home Staging Project
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!