Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the Northwest Home Coach?
Hi. I'm Lisa VanDoorne, a home coach based in Gig Harbor, WA. I grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. I received a BA in communications from Pacific Lutheran University and a masters in Organizational Leadership with a certificate in Executive Coaching from the Townsend Institute at Concordia University in Irvine, CA. I love helping people determine their goals and create spaces to help meet those goals. When I'm not home coaching, I love gardening, camping and hiking with my family here in the Pacific Northwest, and indulging in other creative pursuits such as baking, upholstery and knitting.
Enneagram 9w1, Meyers-Briggs ISFJ, CliftonStrengths Ideation, Developer, Input, Relator, and Strategic.
What is a home coach?
A home coach is someone who comes into your space to help you make design and organizing decisions in order to create more purpose in your home and workplace.
Why do I need a home coach?
Are you living in a house that doesn't feel like a home? Are you overwhelmed by clutter or chaos? Are you having trouble determining the purpose or usefulness of a space? Do you need assistance in downsizing? Are you feeling confused about what project to tackle next in your home? If any of these ring true, then you need a home coach.
How do I book a consultation and what will take place?
You can start by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. At that time, I will connect with you by phone to ask some questions about your goals and priorities. We will agree on a date and time to meet in the space. Plan about a half hour for this first discovery consult. During our on-site visit, (or remote initial consult) we will determine your priorities and I will come up with a workable plan and send an estimate for the work. If you agree to the plan and the estimate, we will set up a time for the work to take place. Together we will spend the allotted amount of time working on your space. I will leave you with a checklist of things to accomplish and will provide accountability to help you get those things done. Additionally, I will source helpful articles, furnishings, paint colors, etc. and will email a linked list and mood board to inspire your progress.
Can you do a remote consult?
Yes. If you do not live in the Pacific Northwest, I can meet with you via Zoom or FaceTime to do a remote consultation. The first discovery consult will be about 10 minutes and will be free. A further online consult will be billed at $150 for an hour call plus a digital mood board and a source list of items. I will follow up about a week later with another half-hour consult included in the original fee.
Does the Northwest Home Coach Travel?
If a job is large enough, say a full home or several rooms, I will travel to your location. Additionally, if people in your community or neighborhood desire a consult, I can batch jobs and travel to your location. Travel expenses are in addition to home coaching fees.
Is home coaching expensive?
Ultimately, home coaching should save you lots of money. Instead of buying all new things to make your house more homey, I will try to design with what you already have and love. You may need something new, but we can figure out ways to make things work until you can save up for what you really want. Furthermore, we might be able to make you some money by selling items or figuring out ways to turn rooms into space for your side hustle.
As an example, a 3-hour on-site work visit includes an additional 1/2 hour discovery consult, a 1/2 hour follow-up consultation by phone, a list of "to-do's" (homework), sourced materials and links, and a digital mood board. The cost for this would be $400.
Further hours for sourcing, follow up visits, etc. will be billed at $100/hour.
Travel for consult or home coaching, outside of the greater Tacoma area (bounded by Fife, Lakewood, Purdy) may incur additional travel costs.