If my business has no employees, what’s the best way to transport items besides my personal car? I can rent a truck but it seems people think I should not be driving it. I’m still small and not ready to hire someone.
– Rita Redman, Ohio
When you are a one-man show it is really hard, because you have to wear every hat. This is one you can take off though, and you really should. You open yourself up to a lot more liability when you drive a rented truck yourself. Let’s say you end up on a job until midnight, which means that you are also doing the moving alone, that means you will be driving the truck back in the dark. Its not safe.We were killing ourselves doing that at first. Then we finally realized that we could hire 2 guys with their own truck for about the same as what it costs to rent the truck ourselves. They do the back-breaking work and take on that risk, instead of us. Find some movers that you trust and who are careful with your things and with people’s homes. Using the same team all of the time will also save time and headaches. They will get to know your system, how you want things wrapped, how you like things placed, and where you want things put away. It’s a way to build your ‘team’ without actually hiring.
Home staging tips that will help attract buyers are a must! As the saying goes, “A little goes a long way.” This idiom best describes the process of home staging, how simple things can make a huge difference. You don’t have to break the bank to make your home look great, just make a few changes. Home buyers look for homes that stand out from the rest, so make the most of these easy home staging tips and you’ll win them over!
Fall marks the quintessential kick off of the holiday decorating season. It starts with fall decor and wraps up after the New Year. Homeowners love to deck the halls with everything from pumpkins to mistletoes. Did you know that last year people spent 8.4 billion dollars on Halloween? An all-time record! We love our holidays!
– Nicole Schenk, Ontario
This is a question that I am sure a dozen veteran stagers, would give you a dozen different answers to. It all depends on how established your business is and how full your schedule is. When you are starting out, you may need to give a lot of grace. If it is a realtor who pays for the consultations and sends you a ton of business, again, you are going to understand that it does occasionally happen.On the other hand, if it is a repeat offender, definitely charge them. Also, if you are so busy that you are tightly scheduled and taking on that appointment meant giving up another one, then yes. Generally, we reschedule at no charge, but if we actually go to the appointment and they don’t show, we do. Keep the big picture in mind. Is it going to help set healthy boundaries, or is it going to put a bad taste in the mouth of a potential client? Honestly as your business grows, some days you will be so busy with vacant staging, that you are going to be thrilled when an occupied consultation cancels.
Recently Todd McAllister and Michelle Minch taught an intimate workshop on how to shop the Furniture Markets at the Las Vegas Market. The class was a great success and home stagers are already asking for them to do more workshops! We are delighted to bring you a home staging tip from Todd McAllister himself!
I have watched the RESA chapter orientation webinar already, and I want to start a new chapter close to where I reside, but I am wondering about the work involved?
– Lori Tinella
Great question and thank you for asking. We’ve streamlined the process of starting a chapter into three simple steps.
The first step is watching the recorded webinar and agreeing to facilitate a local chapter kickoff meeting. We provide you with all the tools you need to make the gathering a success. We will send you a Chapter Kickoff Kit to review, you choose a date and location and we promote the meeting for you. The purpose of this networking event is to gauge interest and share the benefits of collaborating as a chapter to improve the staging industry locally by focusing on professional development.
The second step is to form a board. After the kickoff meeting, we encourage members and attendees to get involved, get into leadership and apply for a board position. Candidates are reviewed and if necessary members vote. Three positions are required to form a board per the bylaws; President, President Elect and Secretary. The other board positions available are VP of Membership and Treasurer, though these are not required positions, they are certainly good to have!