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USE YOUR EYES!

I know there are those realtors out there that have never heard of staging... even here on AR. So I blog on.. for YOU are the gateway for recommendation of our staging services.

If you are interested in considering using a stager... USE YOUR EYES and look at stagers here on AR as a cross section of what the Professional Staging Industry has to offer.

If you USE YOUR EYES you will see the level of quality and skill is "all over the place".  JUST because someone attaches the word professional to their name... does NOT make them so.

USE YOUR EYES... there are some AMAZING stagers associated to AR from all over the country. Some are trained by an organization, some are self trained - as most people who STARTED training organizations were when they started out.

USE YOUR EYES and see the good AR stagers and use them as a litmus test to which you compare the stager you are considering in your market. Go to thier websites... look at their galleries/portfolios. You WILL SEE fantastic work... and just plan garbage. LOOK at the website...is IT attractive? Folks, stagers are in the MERCHANDISING BUSINESS, they SHOULD be able to merchandise themselves.

So as of today there are 83 stagers signed up on Active Rain.  Which is "small potatoes"compared to the number of realtors here on AR. 

REALTORS need to know you are the gateway... USE YOUR EYES!

 

Comment balloon 7 commentsCraig Schiller • September 27 2006 07:13PM

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"Craig The Funny Evil Guy"

I need to "Use My Eyes"...I had no idea AR had that many "Stagers" WOW...Guess I went blind...So many blogs so little time...

 by "The Lovely Wife"...Kum La Ka Lakka...ROAR!

Posted by "The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW. (President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc.) about 14 years ago
Stagers are such a crucial part of the real estate business, if only you were used more.  As an architect I can tell you that using you eyes is part of life.  Thank you for pointing it out.  When you are hired to stage an empty house, do you rent furniture?             Ines
Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) about 14 years ago

Ines

When we stage here at Real Estaging we usually use props from our own Prop Library. Our Prop Library is made of furniture, decorative accessories, framed art, plants, linens, rugs... you name we got it. OR we get it for the job.

Or sometimes we rent just the furniture... and use our library to add the "bling".

Our Prop Library allows us to have both flexibility and depth.

Craig

Posted by Craig Schiller about 14 years ago

Your blog entry was very interesting. I am a realtor specializing in <a href="http://localtampabayrealtors.com"> Tampa Bay Florida Real Estate </a>.

Posted by David Gilbert about 14 years ago

Sounds like a well prepared group.  Do you have any contacts in Miami?  As good as I am at staging, I don't have time to go pick out furniture for an empty listing we are selling.  I thought of moving the furniture from my house there, but my husband is not going to be very pleased.

Posted by Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate (Majestic Properties) about 14 years ago

Well, here ya go . . . yet another new stager.  Seeing this blog kinda puts it in terms I am facing as a newbie to the business.  How do I build a customer base when I can't get any jobs?  I do not have a portfolio to share and no word of mouth testimony.   Do you have any suggestions for someone just getting into the business?  

Thanks!

Sheila

Posted by Sheila Palmer (Homes Staged 2 Sell) about 14 years ago

No one responded to Sheila here! So later may be too late but I'll give it a go!

Sheila stage your own rooms or friends or sections of rooms and take before and afters of what you can do.

You'll have to wait on those testimonies until you have actually done something for money  but now you have a portfolio to show off.  Maybe you could volunteer to help with some community project  - theater, Christmas home tours, do a display at your county fair. Anything to get more experience to make contacts and referrals. In areas like Northern MN staging is a new fangled thang and it is a tough start -just hang in & don't quit your day job, or night, or whatever!

Kathleen Lordbock

Attempting to rearrange and sell Central MN  - any bids???

Posted by Kathleen Lordbock, Keller Williams Realty Professionals (Keller Williams Realty Professionals) over 13 years ago

Participate