dcsimg

Career Story: Owner Of A Real Estate Staging Business

Owner Of A Real Estate Staging Business

Job Title: Owner Of Small Business

Type of Company: I get houses ready for resale.

Education: Pace University BA in Liberal Arts, NYU - MSW

Previous Experience: I worked in early intervention in the Bronx for three years. Started a business called Maplewood Family Resource Center running groups for new moms and babies and parenting groups, then I started my current business, a home staging company called Sweet Life by Design. Been doing that for three years

Job Tasks: I get houses ready for resale. When someone is ready to sell their house I come in and go through the house room by room. I take notes and pictures and talk with the homeowner about what they are thinking about doing in their house (painting, redoing floors, etc.). Then I go to my office and write a very detailed report about what can be done to make their house as attractive as possible to a prospective buyer.

Homeowners then hire me to stage their house which can take anywhere from one to five days including shopping or renting furniture and accessories for the house. Usually the items stay in the house for 90 days and then I pick them up. Most houses that are staged sell quickly. Even in a bad housing market, staged houses usually sell quickly.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is helping to get a house sold. It is difficult because I can sometimes get caught in between a realtor and the homeowner. I use my social work skills a lot when I am staging a house because it is a very stressful time. Especially stressful if the homeowner has lived in that house for a long time, or if someone is getting divorced or has died.

Job Tips:
1. Spend time talking with someone who has done the job before.

2. Trust yourself, if this is something you think you might like to do or would be good at, try it at your friends house, or in your own house and take it from there.

3. Have fun and be creative! It's a great way to do what you like and help people, too!

Popular Schools offering Business Administration Programs

quickinfoThese schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles).

Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.

Matching School Ads

Lower Tuition Cost Than Many Other Universities.  Classes Start Soon.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration in Management, Associate of Arts in Business, more...
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master, Associate

ECPI University

  • Programs: Business Administration - Bachelor's
  • Degrees: Bachelor

CSU Global Campus - FTFYF Programs

  • Programs: Master - Human Resource Management
  • Degrees: Master

Baker College is proud to be the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. With one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, our mission is to help our students find meaningful employment.

  • Programs: Business Administration - Associate, Business Intelligence - MBA (Master's), Business Administration - DBA (Doctorate), more...
  • Degrees: Associate, Master, Doctorate, Bachelor

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

  • Programs: AA in Business, DBA in Project Management, MBA - Human Resources, more...
  • Degrees: Associate, Doctorate, Master

Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (iSchool) - The Original Information School - is proud of its position as a leader in the field.

  • Programs: MS in Information Management
  • Degrees: Master

Founded in 1911, Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a nationally ranked private university with seven degree-granting schools.

  • Programs: M.S. in Data Science
  • Degrees: Master

Founded in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher learning.

  • Programs: Online Master of Business Administration
  • Degrees: Master

See What’s Possible When You Earn a Degree at Florida Tech 100% Online

  • Programs: MBA Project Management, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration/Marketing, MBA Marketing, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor

About Boise State University

Boise State University is a highly respected, public, metropolitan research university offering lifelong learning.

  • Programs: Master of Business Administration
  • Degrees: Master
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Chief Executives

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Chief Executives, including:

Back to Top