Stagers…earn an extra $500.00 per week!

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Mortgage and Lending with Liberty Bank of Arkansas

How? Cleaning your listings...And earn more business with Realtors in this market!

I know some may be saying...Stagers don't' clean!  I know several Home Staging Training companies suggest that Home Stagers are NOT cleaners!  But I disagree!   I'm a Real Estate Merchandiser...which means I prepare a property to sell! I earn about $500.00 per week cleaning homes that are going/and or on the market...rentals, construction clean up, move-in's, move-out's, and vacant homes!

This gives me the opportunity to give estimate's for home staging...not to mention building a relationship with the Realtor!

In this market, I don't think you need to dismay this opportunity!  Why suggest the cleaning be referred to another company? When you could be earning an extra $500.00 per week? $500.00 per week is only about 2 homes per week!

I'm a Real Estate Merchandiser...working my market!  And doing whatever it takes to stay in contact with my market, and building my business!

Many may not agree...but I'm earning an extra $500.00 per week and building a relationship with my local Realtors!

I may not be able to stage a listing...but the Realtor will remember a job well done!!!

  

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Donna Schoby

Mortgage Loan Officer

NMLS#862999

479-696-3804

dschoby@mylibertybank.com 


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Rainmaker
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Connie Tebyani
Platinum Home Staging, Los Angeles and Ventura County
Platinum Home Staging, Inc. : RESA-Pro

Donna, I think that it's EXCELLENT that you are expanding your brand and thinking outside of the box to keep you and your Company name in front of Realtors.  I say "Good for you!"

August 03, 2010 09:38 AM
Rainmaker
44,581
Donna Dazzo
Home Stager in the Hamptons & New York
Designed to Appeal, LLC

Donna, if you want to add cleaning to your list of services, then go right ahead.  It is a way of diversifying your income sources.  I wouldn't do it, but that doesn't mean I don't clean while I'm staging.  I usually require that the homeowner clean beforehand as I don't like putting items in dirty bathrooms and kitchens, whether they are my accessories or accessories I've purchased for the owner.  I then end up cleaning it myself because I can't stand it.

And I always dust the rental furniture delivered and vacuum before I leave.

August 03, 2010 09:45 AM
Rainmaker
86,942
Wanda Richards
Shows Great Home Staging
Shows Great Home Staging and Web Solutions

Hi Donna  - we have been offering cleaning as one of services for a while now.  It is just impossible to stage a dirty home and some people just don't have the time to give their homes a good cleaning before it goes on the market.  Get post!

August 03, 2010 09:46 AM
Rainmaker
270,523
Cathy Lee
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA
CL Design Services Home Staging

I think you are one smart business woman to have done this from the start-great branding!!!

August 03, 2010 09:50 AM
Rainmaker
112,941
Tessa Skeens
Marketing + Staging For Denver Realtors, Builders
Hampton ReDesign, Home Staging and Redesign

Donna, I say good for you too. So far I've only cleaned a home once ... for pay. That was one of the investment properties I worked on and I also did the clean out to sort for donations and trash. I had in mind hiring two ladies but one couldn't make it so I stepped in.

But most of the time I would be happy to have the option of doing the clean out. I don't want to stage a dirty house and cleaning to me is worth its weight in gold when it comes to making a home marketable. Go for it!

August 03, 2010 10:41 AM
Rainmaker
299,310
Karen Otto
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes
Home Star Staging

I agree with everyone else Donna, good for you! Honestly I feel no one cleans my house as good as I do (when I'm in the mood or have the time) and can see where this would be a lucrative part of an additional income stream. 

August 03, 2010 11:22 AM
Rainmaker
358,092
Ginger Foust
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging
Certified Staging Professional

Donna we do what works for each of our businesses and this seems to be working for you.  I will do surface cleaning but when more is needed I call in the pros., IF it's in the budget.  I know that some professional stagers are too proud to clean but for me it's just something that I hate.  Hmm...I could hire an assistant that might clean, will have to think on that!

August 03, 2010 11:32 AM
Rainmaker
95,733
Diana Young
Staging Seattle, King & Snohomish Counties

That is super, Donna!  You are providing a much needed service, networking with realtors and making extra money!  Thanks for the post.  I am sure there are many stagers out there who would gladly offer this service but may not have thought of it yet.

August 03, 2010 01:19 PM
Rainer
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Marianne Cherico
Home Stager -Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Interiors by Marianne Cherico

Donna,

In the past I have sold Real Estate,cleaned houses for builders (when I needed some extra $ and took 2 years off to take care of my daughters) painted rooms in a Real Estate office I decorated,etc. I applaud you for being such a hard worker!

Marianne

August 03, 2010 09:52 PM
Rainmaker
118,560
Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia

Bravo, Donna!  And, yes, I cleaned a home for a client once.  He was going to have to hire a crew to clean it before the open house, so I made him an offer and he said, "Sure!"  I must admit that it took all the fun out of staging that particular home.  I probably won't do it again, but never say never. 

August 03, 2010 11:17 PM
Rainmaker
137,338
Beth Lester
Home Staging & Interior Decorating
Home Staging Designs of California

Some people say that it lowers a stager's "professionalability" (I think I made that word up). 

The very first place I staged had been on the market for six months; there was still construction dust everywhere and the toilets were rusty.  My family dug in and did some cleaning as we staged, and the place sold the first week.  I've done several jobs for that realtor since (but not cleaning!).

August 04, 2010 12:14 PM
Anonymous #24
Anonymous
Anonymous

What is included in our monthly rental fee includes us coming each month...usually just before the invoice is due to be sent out for that property, and we do a light cleaning.  One of us vacuums, the other dusts and wipes down countertops.  We both end up refluffing and putting pillows, chairs, etc. back in place.  It gives us the chance to check on our inventory, the property, and make sure our staging is the way we left it.  We really don't add much to the invoice for this service, we want to come check on our things anyway, but it sure helps to add value to our monthly bill to our clients.

Way to think outside of the box though and take an opportunity even further.

Julie

August 04, 2010 12:29 PM
Rainmaker
186,427
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas

Wow...I appreciate all your comments! I'll get back to answer your questions this weekend...I'm really busy this week!  Thanks so much!!!!

August 05, 2010 07:55 AM
Rainmaker
391,817
Shar Sitter
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M
Rooms With Style

Good for you for being an innovative with your services. If you are good at it why not do it! I don't know if I have the stamina to clean along with staging.

August 05, 2010 09:41 AM
Rainmaker
174,011
Michelle Finnamore
Preparing your property for sale
in Vaughan and Toronto GTA

Great way to diversify as stated above. I don't clean houses I stage as I have asthma and cannot work with all the dust. I do have a cleaning company that I work with. Those ladies clean like no others that I have seen. The owner comes the same day as the consultation to give a quote and cleans as soon as the home owner is ready to have them in which is always the day before I stage. Very reasonable as well.

August 05, 2010 03:50 PM
Rainer
71,393
Kathleen Emhof
Home Staging and Redesign, Experts in Transition
Buffalo, Amherst, Orchard Park and Western New York

Donna, So glad to hear you are busy!!!!

After reading the comments from other stagers, I think it would be in our best interests to have a home cleaning service in our back pocket, just as we would landscapers or handymen!

(And of course, I would try them out myself on my own home before actually putting them in my back pocket, for Quality Control purposes! ;-))

August 06, 2010 09:12 AM
Rainmaker
248,946
Lori Kim Polk
Home Stager - Roseville, Sacramento
Premiere Home Staging : Home Staging Services

WooHooo! That is great Donna. You know why? You have added that as another service... not just an expected part of the staging. If it works for you, then go for it. We also have a service that we recommend. They are very thorough and know what our cleaning pet peeves are. We also go back and check the props like Julie and Amy #24 every 10 days. This allows us to tidy up, check our stuff, and also collect any business card info left at the house to be entered into our data base. No flack from our peanut gallery ;))

August 07, 2010 12:07 PM
Rainmaker
365,710
Linda D. Pufford
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging

Donna,

I'm glad to hear you are able to find other ways to keep your business going.  If a home needs cleaning I have always used a cleaning service to take care of that.  I find that just the Staging is enough to do, but I admire you to be able to do both!

August 08, 2010 03:57 AM
Rainmaker
186,427
Donna Schoby
Liberty Bank of Arkansas

Thanks Judy, I appreciate your encouragement!

Kathleen, I don't clean carpet, but will clean interior windows as long as I can reach them with my small latter.

Julia, I didn't really expect any flack...but have read several posts and training material that suggest stagers leave cleaning to a "cleaning company".   I know adding cleaning is not a service all stagers would want to offer, but it works for me!

Thanks Connie!

Donna, I found myself recommending the homeowner clean prior to staging...but then thought I'm referring out a paying job that I could do myself. So now when I make this recommendation, I add that my company can give a cleaning quote.

Thanks Wanda, I knew you offered several services, but didn't know you also did cleaning. You're one busy stager!

Thanks Cathy!

Thanks Tessa...I agree!

Thanks Karen!

Ginger, go for the assistant...this could bring in some additional income! Actually, I've been talking with another lady that use to own a cleaning business that I may consider adding on to help with my cleanings.

Thanks Diana, I know this is not for everyone...but it could help keep a business afloat as it has mine!

Thanks Marianne...we have to do whatever it takes to keep the bills paid and food on the table sometimes!

Patsy, I don't really mind it, but can understand why many would.  

Beth, I've cleaned houses for Realtors that I had not staged for...this help build a relationship with them and they were happy with my work and knew I would serve them well. So this brought in additional  jobs from them.

Julie,  I include the same service on my vacant stagings. But I also provide regular cleanings on my owner occupied staged homes while on the market. I currently have 3 homes that I clean every other week. Of course this is for an additional charge. But most homeowners don't have time to keep the house maintained while on the market...I'm just providing a much needed service for them.

Shar, My business is only about 3 years old now, and when I get too busy with staging, I'll be adding a cleaning team or will stop offering this service. It's just been an additional source of income these first few years in business and has helped me build relationships with Realtors at the same time.

Great idea Michelle! Good to have someone like that on your team!

Kathleen,  I agree...I believe in giving my clients the resource to whatever I'm recommending be done.

Lori Kim, Thanks for your support!!!

Thanks Linda, at least for now I'm keeping up with it. I may have to adjust my plan as I grow my business!

August 08, 2010 08:38 PM
Rainmaker
114,168
Sheila Kennedy
J29 Project

Donna, I think this is a great benefit to your clients and an excellent way to build your business.  I have done some things I said I would never do - strip wallpaper, paint, clean, whatever really needs to be done.  Keep on being an inspiration to the rest of us.  Lead the way!!!!

October 10, 2010 09:26 PM
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