Do you have trouble changing gears?

Real Estate Sales Representative with 66699

I am first and foremost a home stager. My goal is to sell the house. However, I also do redesign occasionally. Redesign has a whole different goal. It's almost the opposite of staging. I have to work really hard to stay in "redesign mode" when working with homeowners. Do any of you other stagers run into that problem? Any tips?


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Sarah Tingen
Exit Realty First Choice - Raleigh, NC

I suggest doing hand-written affirmations before you set out to work with each of the different type of client.


Take a minute of your time (Like in One Minute Salesperson), to reflect on the needs of your clients, and your specific goals.


 These two jobs may be so different however that they are diverting your focus. Consider if the efficiency lost is worth the profit gained!

  Hope that helped a bit,


Dec 01, 2008 09:18 AM #1
Randall Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL

I like to clear my desk of everything but the task at hand.  Focus, focus, focus.  Hope it helps.

Dec 01, 2008 11:03 AM #2
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I prefer staging, it is far easier. It is very different doing redesign, because we have to take the client's taste and likes into account.  I start out tentative, but once I get to know the client, I am just honest with them.  If I think something should be removed I tell them. If I think they are heading in the wrong direciton I steer them the right way. You have to trust your instincts and remember they hired you because they need your professional help.

Dec 04, 2008 01:30 PM #3
Debbie Salmon
keller williams - Vancouver, WA

Thanks for taking the time to post this ... excellent information

Dec 06, 2008 02:20 AM #4
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

I love them both - but have to say I prefer redesign most of the time.  I really love taking something that doesn't look beautiful and finding a way to turn it into a gem!  And owners are always so amazed and appreciative -- a special bonus!  I try not to have more than one or two redesign projects going at once -- scrambles my brain!

Dec 07, 2008 05:41 AM #5
Tanya Venable
Orlando, FL
SEO, Mobile SEO, and Internet Marketing Consultant

Along the lines of what sharing is saying. You to stay focused on the fact  that the redesign is specific for the client you are working with at the time. With Redesigns, it's all about the clients wants, likes, as dislikes.

Dec 09, 2008 02:12 AM #6
Elizabeth Jacobs-Kelleher
Best Impressions Home - Zelienople, PA

I have run into the same thing. I make a special point of asking the client during the interview exactly what her vision of the space is. I make a note of it, and remind myself whenever I find myself drifting into "stager" mode.

Dec 13, 2008 01:02 AM #7
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