When people find out I do home staging, they invariably think it’s a fun job decorating people’s spaces. And it is! However there are some things prospective stagers need to be aware of before embarking into this career.
A few mishaps that I have encountered are the following:
- Not being able to have a Supra key to access a house for a vacant consult. Even though I have a real estate salesperson license, my MLS says I need to be under the tutelage of a broker in order to get a Supra key. However, I partner with many different brokers so this is not an option. Thus, I must wait for someone to unlock the door for me at an appointed time—which invariably gets changed.
- Working under icy and snowy conditions in the Wisconsin winter. Some of the vacant houses I stage are rural or not in a particular subdivision. So, sometimes I need to shovel the snow or deal with an icy patch when trekking the items into the house.
- Broken items. Sometimes items get broken during the delivery process. Or, on one occasion, the wind was gusting at 45 mph and literally blew a piece of glass right from my hands, breaking it into pieces, which I needed to clean up and then find a replacement.
- Not bringing all the pieces. I have forgotten to bring the bolts to fasten the table legs to the table one time. Which meant a trip to the nearest hardware store.
- Not being careful enough. I recently took a nasty tumble down open basement stairs (see below). As I was leaving a dark house after de-staging, I was distracted when looking for the flashlight app on my phone. I missed the hallway and found the basement stairs instead. OUCH!
I get to put my creative “stamp” on these next two properties. Stay tuned.
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