The sunshine is streaming through the windows, the birds are chirping, and it seems like winter is finally over! Spring has arrived, and with it comes one of the busiest times for home stagers.
A home stager is all about the details! Whether you’re cleaning up after the winter thaw or creating curb appeal through design and landscaping techniques, spring is a time of renewal in nature, and the same goes for the homes you’re staging. Employ the use of bright colours, springtime flowers, and lush gardens to create fresh, energetic spaces.
Also, don’t forget that spring is the time when many people start thinking about selling their homes. As a home stager, it’s the time of year to roll up your sleeves and get to work!
We’ve gathered some tips to help balance your workload and make the most of one of your busiest seasons.
Cleaning Up & Creating Curb Appeal
It’s been a long winter, and now is the time to take a step back and really evaluate what fresh details the exterior of the home needs.
Curb appeal refers to how stylish, polished, and welcoming a home appears from the outside. Good news—the spring season is one of the easiest times of the year to achieve curb appeal!
Here are some details you should take into consideration:
- Does the front of the house need to be pressure-washed?
- How does the paint look? Could it use a fresh coat or two?
- Are the windows in need of a wash?
- What areas of the front yard/porch could benefit from pots or boxes of fresh flowers?
- Are there any dead leaves or branches to be picked up? If so, take care to either rake them or pick them up, and if you need to plant any more grass on the front lawn, now is the time to do so.
- After the wrath of winter, how does the garden look? As a Home Stager, it is important for you to employ basic landscaping techniques to achieve a clean, tidy space with healthy, blooming flowers. HGTV has some excellent tips on proper landscaping!
Adding That Spring Touch
Freezing cold winter temperatures can create stale air within a home over several months. Now is the time to throw open those windows and let both the spring air and sunshine in! Any room can be cheered up by adding the following springtime elements:
- Bright Colors: Out with the old and in with the new! In your bedroom, swap dark colors for bright ones—instead of heavy, flannel bedspreads, lay out light, floral-pattered ones. For the living room, simply add brightly colored throw pillows to your chairs and sofas to supercharge the space with energy.
- White Linens: Change sheets and bathroom towels to crisp white for a fresh feeling.
- Flowers: Keep the colors in the home consistent by adding in some beautiful blooms wherever possible in bright, complementary shades. Yellows and blues will liven up any room.
Springtime as a Home Stager—Tricks of the Trade
For a home atager, spring is a very busy season! Cleaning up after the winter and creating curb appeal for potential buyers is exciting, but you’re also balancing many clients and leads as spring is when people start thinking about selling their homes.
It’s important to know how to best manage your time, so we’ve compiled a short list of helpful management tips:
1. Stay Organized!
As a home stager, time management is extremely important. You will have several clients at once, and each individual will have their own needs and schedules, of which you must be both mindful and accommodating.
Be someone who can create order out of chaos, in people’s homes as well as your own workload. This skill is invaluable!
2. Put Yourself in Their Shoes
A great deal of emotion is involved in the selling, and staging, of one’s home—it is a deeply personal process, and often the process of staging is intrusive for clients. The Home Stager must not only recognize this, but also be patient and understanding during the selling process. If a client seems difficult or moody, remain calm and pleasant instead of reactive.
3. The Work/Life Balance
Long hours, numerous clients, and a busy spring season all contribute to a very heavy workload for home stagers. Maintaining a good work/life balance is so important—set limits for yourself each day in terms of how many hours you spend working. It is easy to get carried away, especially if you love your work, but you don’t want to burn yourself out. Making a plan each week regarding how many hours you’ll spend at work, and sticking to it, will ensure you stay happy, and at the top of your game.