Monday, January 31, 2011

Staging Uses Many Skills You Already Have!

Are you selling a home? Not sure you have what it takes to sell it quickly at a price you like? 

What most people don't realize is that even if they have never done anything like selling a property, they already possess multiple skills to make it happen. The trick is to treat staging and selling like a job, even if you think you never had a job like this before.

I've had a winding career path, and at the time, the different positions I've held didn't seem all that connected. But looking back, I can see how each one built on the previous one.

I'm reminded of some career advice I've heard. Simply stated, it is, "If you change fields, bring all the skills you’ve learned with you."

This means seeing your career as a flow, where one experience adds to the following. Everyone has transferable skills.

Most Americans change jobs every four years on average. So, it's possible you'll have 10 or more jobs in your career, each one with built-in lessons. You're bound to have learned from those jobs,  from books you've read, people you've known, and hobbies you've enjoyed. Bring all this to the project of staging and selling your present home.

It's easy. To start, ask yourself these questions. What jobs have you worked? What were the requirements of each job? What are your special skills, the things at which you excel? What do you really love doing? What have you studied?

For example --


If you have an accountant's training, you already know how to track expenses and project costs and profits.


If you've been praised for your exceptional people skills, you will know how to negotiate with suppliers for good prices, find prospective home buyers, and build a good realtionship with a real estate agent. 


If you have current and quick computer skills, you’ll be able to use the Internet for locating bargains as well as information. Perhaps you can help your Realtor style a good listing page and photos.


If you would rather read than do anything else, study the local real estate market to make better staging and selling decisions.


If you are a collector or a skilled craftsperson, put your trained eye to to work selecting or creating the best decor items to display.


If you are accustomed to overseeing a staff, you’ll be good at setting goals, delegating and scheduling.


Even a passionate shopper can put her skills to use finding deals.

You'll probably have fun defining your skill set and the experience you've gained along the way to where you are today. The personal profile you define will be an indispensable beginning of your home staging and selling projects.

Use your list to determine how best to use your time, and when you need to introduce a professional or expert to help. The list will boost your confidence and be an indispensable beginning to your home selling and staging projects. Refer to it to decide where to begin, how best to use your time, and when you need to bring in some experts.

And don't begin your home selling adventure until you have read my $4.99 home staging eBook.   

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