Home staging expert, Debra Gould, has been a home stager for years and she still feels nervous about her staging projects until they’re completely finished. She says, “There will always be small hiccups (and sometimes large ones) that can throw you off but they’re the challenges that keep things interesting and help you grow as a stager and anticipate future problems.”
If you feel nervous about how your home staging projects will come together and you’re wondering when you’ll stop feeling that way, Gould wants you to know that you may always feel that way and that if you do, you’re completely normal.
You could be the best home stager around but you’ll never be able to anticipate every problem or surprise that could come up. It’s impossible to see how your staging design ideas will all come together until you’re completely done and that, according to Gould, is where much of the anxiety comes from.
“I once rented an armchair that wouldn’t fit up the client’s narrow staircase because the legs didn’t unscrew. And one 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. But those houses 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,” says Gould, founder of the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program.
Many live performers feel nervous before getting on stage for a big show even if they’ve been touring for years but once they’re up there doing their thing, they’re just fine.
Gould says, “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.”
About Staging Diva
The creator of the Staging Diva Home Staging Business Training Program, Debra Gould has staged millions of dollars worth of real estate, including seven of her own homes. She is the president of home staging firm SixElements.com and has trained over 4000 home stagers to start and grow their own businesses.
Debra has gained international recognition through features in major media in the US and Canada including: This Old House, HGTV, CNN Money, CBC National News, CBS Radio, Global TV, City TV, The Wall Street Journal, Women’s Day, Reader’s Digest and more.