Do You Have a System for Sourcing Rentals for Vacant Homes?

Do You Have a System for Sourcing Rentals for Vacant Homes?

January 6, 2011 By Pres Ⓡ Staging Resource Centre

As part of my Pres staging course the Pres Gold and/or Platinum members are invited to do staging jobs with me. This time I was sourcing a job from a rental furnishing company for a vacant property. It’s great to have your own rentals and I do recommend having accessories and small items such as lamps, floral, art, cushions, etc. but the bigger pieces like sofas, chairs, beds (blow up or other), dressers, tables, etc. I prefer to source from a number of local suppliers.

This is what I do and have found it works quite well:

1. Take photos of each of the rooms I am going to stage
2. Make a rough floor plan of the layout of the property if I don’t have an original one
3. Print the photos – I get them done with a mat finish so I can write and draw on them
4. Glue them on 8 1/2 x 11 paper
5. I have a standard template of a List Of Rental Items that I would normally rent in a home so I just fill out the form. For example I would have Living Room and under that Sofa, Chair, Love Seat, Lamps, Area Rug, Coffee Table, Side Table, Art, Accessories – I just check off what I need and how many items of each.
6. I take the photos and the List of Rental Items needed to the rental store. We are fortunate in Vancouver BC because we do have some very good stores to source from. I like Fluff Rentals for the selection and great staff!
7. Using the paint colours of the home I decide on my ‘Colour Story’ for the property.
8. I start with one room and pick the art first that works with the colour story and then my biggest items from here.
9. I don’t go on to the next room until I have finished (or almost) finished with everything I need in that one room – basically the same way we stage a property.
10. I have a cart to put all my small items on and I have a colour sticky that is for the larger items.
11. I review my order with the staff; they provide me a quote; I confirm it with my client; and I prefer to have my client pay directly and sign the insurance papers as well.

Here are a few shots from yesterday. I’ll do some ‘before and after’ photos once we are done next week. The rental costs for this 2 bedroom condo were about $2000. It is about 1100 square feet and I typically average the rentals to be about $2/square foot and this one falls into that category. Of course my charges for the consultation, report and staging are on top of this as is the moving company cost.

The sourcing took about 4 hours but there was also training going on!


Working From Photos and Inventory Check List


The Final Colour Story


The Final Accessories after 4 hours...