All home stagers benefit from having reliable, professional strategic alliances that they can refer to their clients when they cannot provide a required service, or do not want to do. One of my favourite alliances is with professional organizers. In Canada you can find them in the Professional Organizers of Canada (POC) Directory and in the United States you can find them in the National Association of Organizers (NAPO) Directory. Personally I really dislike doing professional organizing so I always refer my clients to people who love to do this.
At a recent Meetup City Stagers in Vancouver BC Heather Knittel and Susan Borax of Good Riddance shared their expertise with the group. Most of us in this Meetup are home stagers, decorators, designers and stylists. We occasionally have photographers or painters join us which makes it easy to meet other alliances.
A few days after that meeting a realtor called me from a home staging talk I had done with his firm. He needed someone to work with a senior couple who were downsizing and needed to get organized in a big way. Not me! So, I could proudly refer him to Heather and Susan with confidence since I had met them first hand and knew they would be a perfect fit for the realtor and his client! How great is that! We all come away looking professional and WIN-WIN all around. And I know that when Susan and Heather need a home stager they will think of me, or other stagers in the Meetup City Stagers group!