Monday, January 31, 2011

Staging Uses Many Skills

Selling a home? Treat it like a job, even if you think you never had a job like this before.  

I've had quite a few different jobs. At the time, they 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 builds on another, even when individually they seem to not have much in common.

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 know-how gleaned from those jobs you've held, people you've known, books you've read, and hobbies you've had. Bring all this to the project of selling and staging your home on the market.  

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 you excel at? What do you really love doing? What have you studied? 
For example,

  • NUMBERS. An accountant’s training will help with tracking expenses and projecting costs.

    • SOCIAL. Someone with exceptional people skills might set up barters for services, or negotiate prices with suppliers. 
    • GEEKY. If you have computer skills you’ll be able to use the Internet for locating bargains as well as information.

    • INTELLECT. If you’d rather read than do anything else, study the local real estate market to make better staging decisions.

    • ARTSY. A collector can use her trained eye to select the best decor items to display.

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

    • BUYER. Even a passionate shopper can put her skills to use finding deals.
    You'll probably have fun listing the skills and experience you have on various jobs. These are the skills that will help you stage your home. This list can be an indispensable beginning of your home selling and staging projects.

    Use your list 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 home staging eBooks!

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