Do you ever consult on a house and recommend it not be staged?
I frequently turn down staging opportunities. It's not the proactive approach I was taught to get my staging accreditation. I don't try and close the client on staging. My goal is always to get the house sold. I want the home seller to get the most bang for their buck.
I don't write a proposal to stage if a client is on a limited budget and has outdated appliances, worn carpet, dated wallpaper, a wreck of a yard, etc. I would rather the seller's put their money into updates than pay me to stage. I have a library of good contractors that I will recommend.
I will not stage a house that is dirty and in disarray. I figure if they don't take care of their own belongings, they won't take care of my nice accessories. I've lost a few Realtors because of my refusal to stage nasty properties!