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As a Home Stager or Realtor – Who is Responsible for your Safety in Everyday Business?

Whether you are a Realtor, Home Stager, Designer, etc., we as small business owners are forever on the prowl for that next new client. Are you so busy as a new home stager or realtor trying to bring in that new client that you inadvertently put yourself in harms’ way? Who is in charge of your personal safety?

 

I admit I have done some pretty…ok I’ll say it …stupid…things & not give a second thought to what could have happened had luck not been on my side that day! Have you ever have been guilty of jumping in your car and driving to meet a potential client not giving a second thought to who knows where you are going and if you are safe? My spouse spent 25 years in Law Enforcement and told me that he has seen first-hand what can happen to a person merely by them being careless or in a hurry. Of course, in my defense which is not a good defense at all, I tell him that with his work schedule over the last few years of being gone months at a time, I got into the habit of coming and going as needed & not letting anyone know where I would be at any certain time. Now that he is home it is a continual internal fight with me to remember to tell him the Five W’s and H – who, what, where, when & who and how long it should take for the meeting, [i.e. a new client]. I try to remember & do for a day or so and then oops I forget again.

 

We all know that almost all first contact with a client is as a stranger. So, let me ask you if anything below matches what you have done or are doing – which some of you may seem to think a tad anal especially some of you burly men. You can use or not as they are intended only to make you sit and think & possibly save you at some point from being in “that” position where danger is a possibility. I’m hoping if any of you have a spouse at home that worries about you that maybe inserting a few of these suggestions into your day to day business to keep you safe and your spouse calm.
1] Who is your client? Have you checked them out on any of the various databases available to the everyday person [i.e. sex offender d/base, google name, search F/B, etc.]?

 

2] Where do you keep a log of clients & meeting location w/times? Is it where readily found by employees, friend, spouse should a question comes up as to where you were last known to be or last person you were to meet?

 

3] Who do you notify When you are leaving or arriving at meeting with new client? Do you call them again when you drive away from the location?

 

4] What do you do upon arrival at your destination? Do you take a picture of the potential client “for your records” & send to someone?

 

5] How do you know your surroundings! Do you scan your surroundings? Are you aware of any secondary exit from house? Do you ensure entrance does not have a keyed deadbolt on inside lock.

 

6] Do you keep your car keys [keep finger on “car alarm”, it will draw instant attention should you need it] & do you always keep cell on you at all times?

 

7] How much is your life worth? More than a potential sale!

 

My bottom line is if something doesn’t feel right – go with your gut reaction!

Quick Tips for Beginning the New Year- Feng Shui Style!

I’m veering off path on this blog from the Five Elements of Feng Shui to discuss prepping your home for the New Year!  I know it is sometimes easier said than done but organizing is essential to get your life and home ready for the new year.  Are you are feeling out of sorts, cranky?  Has 2012 not been the best year for you? Are you hoping 2013 will be better? Clutter does not bode well for good chi in your home.  Here are a few tips to get you started on your journey into this fabulous New Year 2013!

Organizing or decluttering  is one of the easiest ways to get rid of that stagnant chi and bring in a new flow of energy into your home & cost nothing but 30 minutes of your time. To begin with find three boxes and label them as Keep, Discard & Donate.

Don’t be overwhelmed, just pick a room that is in disarray.  How does your living room look? Are there old newspapers, unpaid bills, dead plants, dirty ashtrays cluttering your living room? Is that what your visitors see when they come to sit?  The trash – the above and anything else that might be broken, bent or completely unusable] goes straight to the Discard box and out the door! If there are objects that are in good shape – just not right for this particular room or spot but are in good condition…then that goes to the Keep box. If after you have completed your sorting and cleaning & there is not a place for that item, then look at it again. Is it suitable for the Donate box?   I am a firm believer in the saying that ‘One man’s clutter is another’s treasure’.

Sit back and take a look at what you have accomplished in the last thirty minutes.  I know you will definitely feel a sense of accomplishment when you are done.  If your surroundings are calm, your life will be calm and the good energy will soar!  If you need some push to get started, many home stagers specialize Organization and are more than happy to give you a helping hand! Good luck!!

Using Feng Shui in Home Staging in Austin

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Incorporating Feng Shui into home staging Austin is a great way to turn that house for sale into a Sold Home. If we as home stagers & redesigners recognize a particular problem area in a home, we can sometimes thru Feng Shui take positive steps to address that issue and bring into the home the warm connection that we hope the buyers will feel when they visit that home! It may be as simple as changing the wall color or re-arrangement of the furniture or it may take some research to figure out what the “fix” is but in the end, I have found, the results are well worth the research.

I am a fan of the principles of Feng Shui and do believe that each of us have an aura or energy that runs around and thru our bodies. This energy mixes with the atmosphere around us causing changes in the way we feel and think as well as affecting our surroundings. I thought of the phrase ‘karma’ when I read this. If you live right, good things will come to you. Outside things can influence our energy such as by the people we are surrounded by, our workplace, city you live in, etc, etc. I would compare it to giving a child a hug when he has a boo boo to make him feel better. A very simple fix, correct? The same can be said about a vacant home or a room in need of a redesign. Sometimes it is something very simple that will make that home or that room into the best it can be!

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