Home staging expert, Debra Gould, explains to aspiring home stagers why they don’t need to spend a fortune on accessories, bedding and towels before starting their business.
No need to assemble a collection of accessories to become a home stager
There’s no rule that says you have to go on a shopping spree, racking up credit card debt buying accessories, art, bedding and towels, in order to become a home stager.
If not being prepared to incur these types of expenses has prevented you from taking a home staging course and starting your own business, you need to know that you don’t have to own any of these things in order to make staging your new career.
When The Staging Diva®, Debra Gould, is staging someone’s home, she uses her clients’ money to buy accessories, bedding and towels and when the staging project is finished, those items belong to the client.
About her process, Gould says, “It works very well. I get paid for my time to go shopping and I’m shopping with my clients’ money. The client gets to keep the receipts and the packaging, so when the house sells it’s up to them if they want to keep that stuff because it’s theirs. If they want to return items to get a different color to match their new home, or if they don’t want to keep any of it – that’s up to them.”
Some home stagers enjoy building their own stash of vases, candles and other accessories, but before you start such a collection, consider the bother of storing those things and keeping track of them. Many homeowners will love the fact that they get to bring all those fabulous accessories you purchased for them when they move to their new home and it’s less work for you.
When it comes to artwork, many furniture rental places rent art as well but it can be difficult to find appropriate art for home staging. The Staging Diva® Art Shop makes shopping for art effortless. Each piece was selected for home staging and galleries are organized by room. On top of that, when you choose your piece, you also pick your mat and frame and it’s shipped right to your door.
Before letting something like this stand in the way of you following your dream of becoming a home stager, do a bit of research to see if you’re over complicating things. Search the Home Staging Business Report, Gould’s home staging blog, or subscribe to the Staging Diva Dispatch, Gould’s monthly newsletter. They’re must-have resources for any aspiring or established home stager because both are packed with inspiration and practical advice.
About the author
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 thousands of home stagers to start and grow their own businesses. Gould created the Staging Diva Directory of Home Stagers to help home sellers and real estate agents locate staging services in their area.