5 Secrets Home Stagers Don't Want You To Know

Home Stager with Seneca Home Staging


When I talk to people about what I do for a living, I realize they don't really know as much as they let on. We're a mysterious bunch, we home stagers, but I'm going to let you in on a few things that I've kept secret--until now, that is. 

1. There is no "us"

When I write or say "us" or "we", it really means "me". I fly solo, I'm a one-woman band, and I go it alone. Once in a while I ask a family member to help carry a few things, but 99% of the time it's just me coming up with the plan, schlepping stuff around, and implementing my ideas. I guess some home stagers have a "team", but my business, Seneca Home Staging, is just me, myself, and I. 

2. What's mine is yours213 E. Hickory St, Canastota, NY

I often use my own belongings when I stage homes, especially the vacant ones. I knew my painting would be perfect in this living room of an occupied home I staged, so I willingly lent it. There is nothing but an empty hook where it usually hangs in my home. 

3. I steal from myself

When I purchase new inventory, I sometimes re-purpose it in my own home after the home sells and I de-stage. It doesn't count as a splurge if I used it for a job I did first!

4. I don't live in a staged home

My own home is neat, clean, and mostly clutter-free, but it isn't for sale, so it doesn't have to be in show condition all the time like the homes I stage. I try to practice what I preach, but it is nearly impossible to live in a staged home on a daily basis.

5. I don't tell all

I can tell when someone just wants to pick my brain, so I don't give out my hard-earned knowledge and expertise. The free advice I give is very general and vague. I will try to convert tire-kickers into paying customers, but I don't give any specific ideas, and I don't give something for nothing.


I realize I don't speak for everyone, but these are my secrets as a home stager. And now you know.



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Janelle Ancillotti, Certified Professional Home Stager

Seneca Home Staging, Baldwinsville, NY

(315) 506-0725

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Comments (2)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Janelle- I have to laugh because I have to say, guilty as charged.  I don't have a storage area so much of what I have is "stored" in my home. That said, I never use anything of mine that I would miss if it were to be broken.

May 20, 2016 06:31 AM
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Good idea not to give out "free advice" to someone asking for a staging quote, until they become a paying client!  Most stagers I know learned this the hard way, but before long realized we should be paid for our years of experience.

Dec 23, 2017 05:38 PM
Janelle Ancillotti

I'm no longer hesitant to tell people my fees right up front so they know I'm not giving something for nothing, and it doesn't get awkward later when it's time to pay.

Also--thanks for commenting on this post from 1 1/2 years ago; I see there is a link or two that is broken that I need to fix. :0

Dec 26, 2017 06:59 AM