Stagers- Do You Require a Security Deposit on Rental Items?

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Home Stager with Rising Moon Interiors

Hey Everybody,Rug Inventory

 As the title shows, I had a quick question on your approach with rental items...

 I carry insurance on rental inventory, but usually do require some sort of deposit ( fullly refundable, and usually equal to 1 months rent) to cover myself for major damage. However, with everyone tightening their belts these days, I find that some clients chafe at the idea. What do you do in this regard? Have you ever had to keep a deposit?

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Rainmaker
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David Peterson
Synergy Staging ~ specializing in vacant home staging - Portland, OR
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I can see that would be a tough sell.  We've never charged a security deposit.  We always charge the staging fee and first month rent up front.  All damage and loss responsiblity is clearly laid out in the contract.  And we typically have a credit card to charge to if there is damage or loss, but we've never had any issues with all the stagings we've done over the past two years.  Good luck!

Apr 15, 2009 06:21 AM #1
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Holly Gray
Rising Moon Interiors - Kalispell, MT
Professional Home Stager - Bigfork, Kalispell, Whitefish Montana

David, Thanks for your input. I was thinking that having a valid credit card number would be a better alternative. I too lay out responsibility for damages in my contract. I think that your way is probably the workable solution!

Apr 15, 2009 11:35 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
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Holly ~ Like David, we don't charge a security deposit and include damage specifics in our contract.  However, I have read that some other established stagers here on AR do, so I guess it's a matter of personal choice.

Apr 15, 2009 06:18 PM #3
Rainer
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Pangaea Interior Design Kitchen & Bath Design, Remodeling
Portland Oregon - Portland, OR

Wow, I've never heard of getting a security deposit. I also just charge the staging fee and first month's rent up front and then hold a credit card number to charge for subsequent months and any damage. I did have one staging of a high-end home that had lots of showing activity as the architect and developer were using it to entertain potential clients. I had to charge them for damaged items almost every single month. Thank goodness they took it in stride and paid up. It's all in my contract.

Apr 15, 2009 06:20 PM #4
Rainer
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Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

Holly, my contract stipulates a fee for damaged or stolen property.  I give the client a complete inventory list so we don't have any problems should the need to collect arise.  I've had two properties burglarized.  One in which they took only the towels (go figure) and the client was responsible, the other when they completely cleaned out the condo, which insurance took care of.  I would never insist my clients pay for that, although because it is a security issue on their part, I don't think it would be out of line to ask them to cover the deductible.

Apr 16, 2009 05:00 AM #5
Rainer
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Nancy Robertson
Signature Style Staging - Dallas, TX
RESA

We don't charge a security deposit but we do collect our staging fee and first month's rental up front.  Damage and loss responsibilities are outlined in our contract along with a complete inventory list. 

I like the idea of getting a credit card number to charge to if there is damage or loss.  I may add this to my business practice.

Apr 16, 2009 03:16 PM #6
Rainer
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Peg Prather
Vancouver, WA
Vancouver, WA

We don't charge a security deposit. So far only one thing has been damaged: a glass pitcher which the homeowner used to water her plants. So far, so good!

Apr 16, 2009 03:59 PM #7
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

Holly: We do charge a security deposit. The one time I didn't the home owner moved into the house (supposed to be vacant), used all the towels & bedding, threw a party, etc. When clients have "skin in the game" they tend to behave better. We had to dip into the security deposit once (theft of some furniture). We have never lost a job because we ask for a security deposit (at least not that I know of).

Our contract clearly states responsibility for damage, etc. Security deposit should, at a minimum, cover your insurance deductible.

Apr 18, 2009 05:54 AM #8
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Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Great question - we don't charge a security deposit and have only had one incident where it would have been beneficial. 

Apr 19, 2009 01:07 AM #9
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Holly Gray
Rising Moon Interiors - Kalispell, MT
Professional Home Stager - Bigfork, Kalispell, Whitefish Montana

Thanks all for your input! Sorry I did not get a chance to respond sooner, I have been out of the rain!!

Apr 28, 2009 03:24 PM #10
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