October 1, 2012 By Pres Ⓡ Staging Resource Centre
I encourage Pres home stagers to build their inventory with Home Sense decor. It’s affordable and it’s trendy and if it doesn't work you can always exchange it for something else. I am definitely not saying that the quality or the style from Home Sense is going to work with every home but for staging and adding additional pieces to the seller’s existing – it works!
Having been in the home staging business for over a decade now, I built my inventory by making selections from Home Sense that I knew would work in the majority of the properties I was staging. I have also gone shopping for my clients at Home Sense for staging their home for selling or updating the look of their home for living. When I have a client who is not style savvy I will take photos for them and then encourage them to get to that Home Sense store ASAP! I’m sure you have experienced the frustration of not buying something that you liked when you saw it and then when you went back…gone! My motto now is ‘If I like it, I buy it and I can always return it.’
If you are just starting out building your inventory spending around $500 will get you some nice ‘small accessory packages’ that will bring you pure profit after using them just a few times. Many home stagers are fortunate enough to have rental furnishing stores in their area so they can rent the larger furnishings such as sofas, chairs, dining room tables and chairs, beds, dressers, etc. By doing this in the beginning you will be able to avoid storage warehouse costs. It might be something you can look at in the future as part of your growth business strategy.
Here are some of the purchases the home seller made so that we could update the look of her home for selling. We used 2 new sets of bedding and draperies for the master bedroom and the little girl’s room:
Home Sense cushions, throws, bedding, art, lamps, etc.
Canvas art from Home Sense – suits this casual lifestyle for selling.
Living Room ‘Before’ Staging
Not the best of choices for selling but it does work for them living
Living Room After with Home Sense Purchases!
Spare set of slipcovers refreshed the tired sofas while the new art and accessories updates the look of the home.