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 home staging services 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 home stagers do things differently.
I built my service list when I started my staging business so I would only offer home staging services (or home staging related services) I would enjoy doing.
Learning how to form alliances with trusted contractors was a big boost to my home staging profits.
And I knew I’d need to have these people to recommend when I needed their help on a home staging project.
Who Will Help you Deliver Home Staging Services?
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. Find out who your friends and family members recommend too.
Remember, the people you recommend are going to be a reflection of you as a professional home stager. Choose the best suppliers to refer your clients to.
Many home staging projects have to be done under 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.
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.
Pat McArthur - Home Definition says
I agree with you Debra that you need to have your service provider list to help you. Yesterday I got a call from my client who is to have his house cleaned next Monday, for final staging on Tuesday. The woman who has cleaned for him for years has accepted a full time position and not available. He asked for my help to solve the problem. It’s a busy time for everyone on my list and I made several calls to to find someone on short notice. I was given referrals and found two people who could do the job and have added them to my list. His home will be clean and ready on time.
Debbie Fiskum, The Home Decor Genie! says
Yes, I do have a need for these services from time to time as I approach my home staging services. I have some very trusted and reliable pros to choose from. By joining the local realtor association in our area, SMDRA (South Metro Denver Realtor Assoc.), I’ve connected with plenty of other quality affiliates! They are invaluable to realtors and to me as a home stager. As you get to know these people that you network with, you know who you can call on and who to recommend.
It’s great to have a “team” when you do a home staging job. It makes you look professional and is usually quite appreciated!