Home staging contracts are important and need to be carefully written if you’re doing hands-on staging. Do not do any work without having a signed contract. This maybe the most important part of the entire business, and it’s an investment you will need to make. Have a lawyer draw up a good contract for you. We do not provide a contract here on the site for legal reasons.
Make sure your home staging contract clearly states what services you are providing, what the recurring fee will be (if any), staging fees, responsibilities of both parties, date service is to begin (and end, if applicable), and what you’re responsible for. (For example, you do not clean or do repairs.)
You may also stipulate your business hours so that your clients know when they can expect to be able to contact you.
State your payment terms and forms of payment that you accept. Include any additional fees that you will add, such as an extra fee if you are putting items in boxes for the client, fees for coming back to reset items that have gotten out of place or rearranged, etc. You may find circumstances arise that cause you to add a new thing to your list of contingency fees.
Definitely include specific details about financial responsibility in the event of damage to furniture or accessories. If you are using items from your personal inventory, you should include a list of items and their replacement value in the event that things are broken or lost. Make sure the client signs off on the list of items and the financial terms for loss or damage.
Invest in a strongly worded contract. I repeat: invest in a strongly worded contract.
Here is an example of a home staging contract.
This example is intended to show you what needs to be addressed in a home staging contract. Use it as a guideline for your staging business.