Ideas??? on how to donate a homestaging package for charity?

Home Stager with Perfectly Polished Home

There is a very special event coming up and I want to donate my services. There will be a silent auction with benefits going toward an orphanage in Nicaragua. I am so excited to participate and want to present my company and services in a prestigious fashion. I don't want it to look hokey, you know what I mean?

What would you do? How much would you donate - a consultation, a full day of hands-on staging? How would you present it? In a folder? In a cute box?

I would appreciate any ideas, as this is my first time introduncing my business to this very important group of people.

Thanks you all!


Comments (7)

Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

If its a small local charity make it big. Yours will stick out on that alone. Or make it consistent...

offer your services to multiple people. Offer your service a lot.. your prize comes up more often?

Sep 03, 2008 04:44 PM
Jessica Cox
Perfectly Polished Home - Dallas, TX
Dallas Home Staging

Thanks - It's a silent auction where people will bid on the package and proceeds go to the charity...

Sep 03, 2008 04:49 PM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Jessica - I would be real proffesional about it and mingle with everyone you can. I really don't think you will have a problem.

Sep 03, 2008 04:50 PM
Jessica Cox
Perfectly Polished Home - Dallas, TX
Dallas Home Staging

Robert - Thanks for the encouragement. Also, I am going to start saving 10% of every staging and put it in Jessica's vintage Porsche fund. That gets me motivated!

Sep 03, 2008 05:15 PM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

There have been several great blogs on this subject in the past -- personally I had done a gift certificate for a half day redesign - had it nicely framed and had a poster board explaining our services w/before & afters.  This next year I will buy a beautiful basket, put in it some lovely items - like a cozy throw, candle sticks, a small beautiful silk plant, etc and put them in the basket -- it gives more of a visual for the buyer of what a redesign day can include.  Good luck!

Sep 04, 2008 12:50 AM
Claudia Jacobs
Claudia Jacobs Designs LLC, Goshen, NY - Goshen, NY
Decorating, Staging

I usually donate a gift certificate for my services for 2 hours which can be applied for staging, redesign or decorating.  For a Hospice gala I have donated a funky lamp a few years ago and it got lots of bids.  The couple who won it actually bought another from me.  I happened to buy a few from the NY Gift show.  For smaller functions, I may include a silk plant with the gift certificate.  Good luck!

Sep 24, 2008 02:36 PM
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

I would donate the entire staging experience.  I know I hate it when something is partially "free" and then I have to pay for the rest.  That kinda ruins the experience.  If they're going to bid on it, to them it's not "free" as they're paying for it, so I would do the entire package, and then hopefully that will turn into referrals.

Sep 25, 2008 02:05 AM