Your first staged home

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Home Stager with Designology Interior Design
Since I have not yet staged on my own yet (all my experience was as an associate under another designers company) I was curious to know how you all got started and what your experience was like with the first home you staged.
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Rainer
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Terry Haugen STAGE it RIGHT! 321-956-2495
Stage it Right! - Melbourne, FL

Hi Christine, I think we all just did our first, second, third and so on homes by the seat of our pants.  Of course we used our training but its a whole lot different actually staging instead of envisioning.  By the time I did my fourth house I was pretty much in a groove but there are always surprises.  One thing I learned to do is take more props than I think I may need.  More than once I wished I had a little something extra for that little extra space.  Good luck in your new venture!

Terry Haugen - STAGE it RIGHT!

May 29, 2007 04:28 AM #1
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Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

My first home was a vacant home and done for an investor.  He had over 300 people attend the open house and fortunately, I was able to attend, bake cookies and absorb all the wonderful and kind things people were saying about the home.  It sold for way more than he had hoped so it was a win win for everyone involved.

Oh, and I agree with Terry.  Bring much more than you think you'll need.  Worse case scenario is that you take them back to your storage unit.

Kathy 

 

 

May 29, 2007 05:42 AM #2
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Cheryl-Anne Priest
Inviting Spaces - Home Staging Calgary - Calgary, AB
Inviting Spaces - Staging Calgary
First staging is both stressful and invigorating.  Bringing more inventory than you need is a must and  taking more photos than you think you need is also a must.  In the end though, when you stand back and look at what you have accomplished - it is all worth it!  Good luck in your chosen career.
May 29, 2007 07:49 AM #3
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Betty Haney
Haney Consulting - Calgary, AB

Christine, our first staged home was a nightmare as testified by the pictures.  Both shots show the entrance to the master bedroom.  However, the condo turned out beautifully and we were really proud of what we did on a shoe string budget.  Nowadays, we love to work with vacants.  Betty

               Before           After

May 29, 2007 12:26 PM #4
Rainer
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Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging
2 Hounds Design + Home Staging - Toronto, ON

Hi Christine, the first phone call to an agent, the first time on the phone with a potential client, the first meeting at an agents office and the first consult are terrible!!! But you know what? The second time is easy.

The best advice I got was from Debra Gould, she said talk to everyone about what you do. That way you get the rehearsals for the real deal. I was too shy to do that much...and I am well aware that I could possibly have missed an opportunity because of it. I won't let that happen now!

If you know what you are talking about, and can present a good portfolio you will do fine. The minute you walk out of that first meeting or consult, you will feel great, and you'll know what to do differently next time.

So just jump in and get dirty.

May 29, 2007 01:17 PM #5
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Christine Craig
Designology Interior Design - Santa Barbara, CA
Allied ASID & NKBA
I am actually very lucky in that many of my previous design jobs while working with another designer was with a huge developement company in town, so I am hoping that when I let them know what I am up to know that they spread the word. Don't know how it is every where else but here it's seemingly all about "word of mouth".
May 29, 2007 01:39 PM #6
Rainer
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Toronto's 2 Hounds Design: Decorating + Staging
2 Hounds Design + Home Staging - Toronto, ON
Word of mouth is the best form of advertising. Definitely let everyone you used to work with about your new business, networking is so very important. Make sure to send them your business cards!
May 30, 2007 10:46 AM #7
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Teresa J. Ramey
ReDecorating with Style - Florence, SC

Christina, I was terrified!  I think I stood at the door for what seemed like forever prior to ringing the door bell.  I was a bit shaky at first, but I told myself that I was the expert and that this customer did not know more than I did about staging.  Then I went for it!  My first job was just a consultation.  When I received the check for payment, I went straight to the bank!

Oct 23, 2007 02:09 PM #8
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Virginia (Ginger) Schott
Century 21 Geba Realty Assoc. - Port Jervis, NY
Assoc. Broker, CBR, CHMS

Christine, my first experience with staging came with a continuing education course.  I was taking it for the credits, but came out of the class a CHMS.  It was a great class and I could not wait to try some of my new knowledge on a vacant home  I had listed.  My props were limited, so I stuck to the living room.  I used a soft chenelle blanket a bottle of wine, two glasses and large plate to set up a "picnic" infront of the fireplace and the french doors that looked out over the mountains and river.  It was very dramatic and effective.  In fact I rented to home today and the new tenant, said that the living room picnic was so inviting.  

Good Luck, start small and slow, and watch your business will grow.

Dec 12, 2007 05:25 AM #9
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Louise Schliessman
3rd Sister Design - Beaverton, OR

Christine,

I agree.  Your first staging consult and the subsequential staging are scary.  I learn something new every time but I love it.  I too would tell you always bring with you more props than you plan for.

 

Good luck - it gets better all the time!

Louise - 3rd Sister Design

Jan 13, 2008 10:40 AM #10
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Teresa Mills Schremm

Christine...

My first staging job was nerve racking to say the least!  The client was going though a nasty divorce, and she was an emotional basket case.  Her mood was apparent throughout the home with empty boxes and piles of "stuff" in every room...including dozens of stuffed animals all over the living room!  She had a limited budget to make things worse, but my assistant and I were able to transform the main living areas in a day.  I definitely under charged her because I felt so bad for her, but it was well worth it.  I left at the end of the day knowing that I had some great photos for her Realtor and for my home staging show.  To be able to stand back and see the difference you have made in someone's life is rewarding, and to be able to live your passion is the icing on the cake.  It gets easier each time...you just have to go for it!

Jan 14, 2008 10:58 AM #11
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Sandra Hughes
Redesigned Spaces - Northern Virginia - Fairfax, VA
Redesigned Spaces - Fairfax County, Virginia
I am still ALWAYS amazed how much better the home looks after I leave and not sure I will ever get over that feeling of euphoria.  My first job was an occupied staging but I brought in accessories.  It was much more work for one person then I had thought and had to make two trips in my car and carry it all by myself.  For my next job that was a vacant I had help.  If you are really nervous hire one of your decorating friends to help you (as your assistant) that has experience to mull things over with.  With your background you can't go wrong!
Jan 14, 2008 11:25 AM #12
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