Day in the life of a home stager

Day in the life of a home stager

Rachael Somplasky and Katie O’Neal with Custom Home Staging and Design say they always get questions from people outside of the business asking what staging a home is really like.

According to them, it’s not all glitz and glam as you may expect.

So they walked us through the steps of a typical “job” (“Job” referring to the home they are staging).

Step 1: Site visit

This is when the designers initially visit the home they’re going to stage. They take pictures and measurements of the space while getting a feel for how they want to stage it.

Step 2: Tagging

Next is tagging the furniture pieces they want to use. This makes it easier for the movers to see which pieces are going to the job site when they are loading the truck.

Step 3: Accessories

After the furniture has been selected, the designers will then select accessories including rugs, lamps, artwork. Typically, one of the accessories will provide the “inspiration” or “vibe” of the rest of the space.

Step 4: Movers walk-through

Once the movers and designers get on site, the designers walk the movers through the house and let them know where they want the furniture to go.

Step 5: Kitchens, bathrooms, built ins, etc.

While the movers are bringing the big furniture pieces in, the designers will start to style the places that don’t require furniture such as kitchens, bathrooms, built ins, etc.

Step 6: Artwork time

Once all the furniture is in place, the movers will let the designers know and they will start to hang the artwork. The designers will give the movers proper heights, levels, and places they want the artwork hung in the space.

Step 7: Finishing touches

Once all the artwork is hung and everything else is in place, the designers will go around and do finishing touches such as steaming bedding or shower curtains, making sure lamps are turned on and working, cords are hidden, etc.

Step 8: Picture time

After finishing touches, the designers go around and take pictures and video of the space for their social media platforms and to show the client.


In total, the entire process only takes from about 1 ½ to 2 hours to stage a space.

“That is one of the things that a lot of our customers love and they value the most,” Somplasky said. “We’re very quick and efficient. It doesn’t take us a full day to do a job.”

For more information on Custom Home Staging and Design, visit their website by clicking here.

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