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5 Handouts to Give Your Occupied Home Staging Clients

Apr 14, 2022
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The more value you offer to your clients, the more you can charge for your home staging services – and the more you will stand out from the competition.

Adding value to your occupied home staging consultations and redesign services can be as easy as providing the homeowner with a folder of useful resources.

First, you work your staging magic and turn their listing into a buyer’s dream home. Then, you give them a folder of handouts that explain how to maintain the staging and other helpful info.

a staged living room

In our own staging business in San Antonio, TX, we call this our “leave-behind folder.” We include 5 useful documents that help homeowners have successful and profitable sales. Our clients come away feeling confident that their home is beautiful, and prepared for what comes next.

Take a page out of our book and create an occupied home staging leave-behind folder. Once you have your 5 handouts, you can stock your staging truck or car with assembled folders.

Then, they are ready to go for each client! Like many aspects of starting a home staging business, making a leave-behind folder requires some hard work up front. But once you have an efficient system, you can set it and forget it.

Occupied Staging Checklist

This checklist can include the basic staging recommendations for each room. These tips should be general enough to apply to most homes – for example, removing all personal photos and awards. This serves as a quick recap for your occupied staging consultation clients.

Showing Checklist

When a listing is lived-in, it needs a refresh before each showing. Give sellers a checklist with clear and easy steps to prepare for showings, like emptying all trash cans.

Bed Recipe

Making a beautiful bed is one of the key components of staging a bedroom. But in an occupied home, the sellers need to use the bed every night. Provide them with instructions for staging a perfect bed before showings.

two women stand in front of a bed

Photo of Staging Studio students at our Master Class training for home stagers in San Antonio, TX.

New Homeowner Information

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Offer sellers a simple sheet where they can write down contact info for their plumber, lawn service, etc. They can then pass on that page to future buyers.

Moving Checklist

Thanks to your staging expertise and the hot real estate market, your clients will sell their homes quickly and need to move out. Moving is an overwhelming experience, but you can make it easier by giving clients a checklist of often-overlooked steps to moving.

a woman takes notes

Don’t forget to add your staging business logo and contact information to all of your leave-behind folder handouts. You are providing such valuable resources that someone is bound to share it with a friend or colleague. That is free marketing for your staging business!

There is no need to start from scratch – we’ve done all the work so you don’t have to. Download our leave-behind folder templates, add your own logo, and start handing them out to your occupied home staging clients right away.

These 5 templates are included in the Staging Design Professional® course, along with our easy-to-use customizable occupied consultation report, and 50+ forms, checklists, and resources for your home staging business. Don’t reinvent the wheel when our tried and tested documents are here to make things easy!

Staging Studio was created by stagers, for stagers. Learn more about our state-of-the-art, RESA-accredited Staging Design Professional® training courses.


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