Professional home stagers and real estate agents really have the life...they make their own hours and earn a lot of money for doing very little.
Home stagers get to shop and decorate other peoples' homes. They make a lot of money for choosing paint colors and telling sellers to declutter and clean their house.
Reat estate agents put a sign in the yard, have an open house, do some paperwork and then collect a big commission check.
If you are a stager or an agent, you are familiar with this mindset. Many people share this opinion.
Before I became a home stager, I had no idea how invested and consumed by their job real estate agents can be. I have witnessed agents going to great extremes on behalf of their clients.
- They are on call 24/7...evenings, weekends, holidays, vacations.
- They have to be part psychic, part psychiatrist, part marriage counselor, part life coach.
- They feed pets, water plants, take out the trash, move furniture, and provide taxi service.
- They advise, encourage, and console.
- They are expected to be able to read minds and tell the future.
- They spend their own money up front on expenses, which usually are not reimbursed.
For all of you who work so hard to earn your commission...you have earned my respect.
Oh, and just for the record...
Home Staging, as a business, is no cake walk either.
- It's extremely difficult to get established within the real estate community.
- We also have to be part psychic, part psychiatrist, part marriage counselor, part life coach.
- We pack and move heavy boxes and move heavy furniture under all weather conditions.
- We deal with odors, dirt, grease, mold, pet hair, and much worse.
- More times than not, there are as many unbillable hours as there are billable on a job.
- Most sellers and many agents don't understand the value of our service or how to use it.
Professional home stagers are very passionate. We love what we do, but we work very hard for our money.
Easy money? In both cases...not even close.