Last Friday home staging professionals in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern and Central Jersey and Delaware got together for our first ever SIF Roundtable event. The meeting was generously sponsored by Cort Furniture Rental at their Maple Shade New Jersey location
The turnout was great! We had 14 staging companies in attendance. Some were members of Stage-it-Forward and some had learned about the event and came to find out more about what we are doing to propel this industry into the future.
One of the most interesting parts was that there were stagers from all levels of experience and training backgrounds. Some stagers had a few months of experience, others a year or two and some almost 7 years in the business!
The atmosphere was very relaxed and stagers openly shared their thoughts on the industry and how they run their businesses. Although not everyone agreed on every issue, one thing remained clear: Stagers in our region feel that the quality of their work is the best marketing tool they have and we cannot rely on Realtors alone to sell our services. As a group we need to determine how we can target consumers and show them the value of our services. At the end of the meeting everyone agreed that we need future meetings so that we can talk more about our industry.
Thank you to all the local stagers that attended. It was wonderful meeting new stagers, seeing past students and meeting some SIF members in person. I look forward to the next event in early Spring.