I have been thinking lately about whether or not we can call staging "green". In redesign we use the home owner's personal items to redecorate with. In staging we can rent furniture and also use the home owner's things. I have been thinking if it is a good idea to mention on my website that my co...
Latest scam! Be on your toes! Police say gang is comprised of four members; one adult and three little ones. While the three little ones, all appearing sweet and innocent, divert their 'mark' ( or intended target) with a show of friendliness, the fourth, the eldest, sneaks in from behind a person...
Hey everyone! I just finished my first womens expo show. It was well worth the money. I got to speak twice on staging and I got some good leads. The hours were long though and it wasn't as busy as everyone thought it was going to be. I did meet up with some other vendors who offered to loan me ac...
I collect 1930's and 1940's issues of American Home and also Better Homes and Gardens. Every once in a while I like to reread them. Today I was reading an article about something that sounded suspiciously like curb appeal. The article went on to say that they way your house looks from the street ...
Thanks goes out to fellow home stager Barb Jennings for this eye opening perspective: The Real Story of Gasoline This makes one think, and also puts things in perspective to other things we buy. Diet Snapple 16 oz $1.29 ... $10.32 per gallon Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz $1.19 ..........$9.52 per gallon G...
I have heard from a lot of realtors who like the idea of us stagers being paid after the house sells. What is so different about stagers is that we don't sell the house; you do. If we were responsible for selling the house then we would realtors and not stagers. Stagers decorate the house and sho...
I had heard that a certain realty company (Assist 2 Sell ) has now partnered with home stagers. So I thought that is great and I emailed my local Assist 2 Sell office here in Northern Indiana. It turns out, that since each office is independently owned each works differently. I emailed the owner ...
Speaking as a home stager, it amazes me that people still don't know or are wary of our services. Take for example our neighbor's home. I have offered the seller and the realtor the use of my staging services. It has been a no go. The home is still up for sale and has been for about 9 months now....
Tomarrow I have a redesign consultation. I called today to confirm the appointment and to let the homeowner know that there would be a $100 consultation. When I talked with her initially I did not mention the consultation fee. All that info is listed on my webpage. The owner said she found me on ...
Tuesday I have my first redesign/shopping job. Yeah! I still am wrestiling with the issue of how to charge. My redesign consultation fee is $100 but I have never had a shopping job. My client has a room she wants completed by the end of May and wants me to shop for some accessories for her. Do I ...

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