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For those of you who have staged vancant properties and for builder,  how do you do it?  Do you rent the furniture from a Rent A Center type place?

I've heard of furniture co. lending items in return for cards placed on pieces as advertizing.   

Thanks for any insight

Kerry Bidlespacher

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Tammy Kemp
First Impressions Home Staging& Interior Redesign - Pen Argyl, PA

Kerry -

I've tried to get furniture companies to agree to loaning out their furniture in exchange for free advertising, but I've never had any success with it (although I have heard of it being done successfully).  I spent one entire day and phoned all the furniture companies within a 50 mile radius and not oneof them was interested.  As far as rental companies go, two good ones are American Furniture Rental (www.rentfurniture.com) and Cort (www.cort1.com).

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May 04, 2007 08:05 PM #1
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Marci Toliver
438-4642 - Mauldin, SC
Anderson SC, Spartanburg,Greenville SC, Home Staging

Kerry, we have our own inventory.  I prefer it that way, but you have to do what works with you!

 

Im glad to see that you finally joined!

May 04, 2007 08:12 PM #2
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Erica Howard
Take 2 Home Staging - Centerville, OH

I am sure you have better access to rental furniture than I do in OH.  Vacants tend to be a problem for me.  With rent a center to be assured you get new furniture you have to wait usually a week or two.  I don't know about you but I usually don't have that much notice.  An idea for builders is to have them by neutral basics-- bedrooms, couches, dining.  Then move them from model to model.  You would just add different accesories, pillows, bedding etc... to make a new look for each home!  The whole rental furniture thing is a toughie.  It's really a business decision.  Do you want to get into renting or buying, storing, moving??? If you have a good rental source I would say go that route!  Good Luck.

May 04, 2007 08:13 PM #3
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Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

It really depends on what you have available to you.  There is a Cort about 1hr 15 minutes from me and they deliver to this area at reasonable fees, but they do not always have the style I need.  There is a Brook in Chicago, but they require a minimum $1000 a month rental fee and that is far too much in this area - especially since it doesn't include accessories.  The other places here are either low end or they are not willing to rent for less than 3 months. 

Because of these limitations, I chose to build my own inventory.  I found a local store that while they will not rent to me, they are willing to cut me great deals if I come to them first when I need large pieces.  They even hold peices for me for an extended period of time if a job is pushed back for whatever reason.  They have been great and definitely earned my loyalty.

I also find that my clients are happier, because I rent to them on a 3o day contract, bill them monthly and prorate as necessary.  They even pay much less than if dealing with a rental company.  I'm happier because I control the inventory which has unlimited options.

Hope this helps and I'm glad to see you jumped in!

May 05, 2007 10:51 AM #4
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Lori Salzman
Room To Improve - Boston, MA
Boston, MA move manager and home stager
Kerry,
I have another question: How do you market your services to those developers?

Lori
May 05, 2007 11:30 AM #5
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Kerry Bidlespacher
Sell It Home Staging - Saratoga Springs, NY

Lori,

 

I haven't marketed to the blders yet because I have nothing to offer them on staging.  I want to get some info as to how to rent, borrow etc. different things to fill the home

 

Kerry

May 05, 2007 11:38 AM #6
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Teresa Meyer
Stage a Star Staging & Consulting Services - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati-OH.

Hi Kerry,

Do you have a rental company near you that you could get some information from them?  There really is no way of getting around building your own inventory.  You can rent larger pcs. of furniture but you still need to have your own artwork, greenerys, smaller decorative items that pull it together. I have talked with many furniture stores about partnerships but they are reluctant bcos they've done Homearamas/Showcase type shows and have gotten no business from it so they feel that this would be no different. 

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