Question: Do I need to stage my house?
Answer: Home staging is recommended to homeowners serious about selling their house in the shortest amount of time. Consider this scenario: Two comparable houses are for sale in the same general area. House A was staged and is in prime showing condition. House B was not produced and may have some design issues. Which house do you think buyers will be more interested in? Statistics show that homes professionally prepared for the real estate market sell in one-third less time than non-staged houses.
Question: My Realtor told me to wait until the stage. Is this good advice?
Answer: The sooner you stage your house, the better it will be for you. If your agent told you not to produce or wait to stathe ge, your Realtor might not completely understand the value of home staging.
Some agents are concerned about recommending more out-of-pocket expenses for their clients. It is a noble but not a necessary concern when considering home staging. Stagers work with real estate agents as a team, and most stagers will be happy to answer any questions that Realtors may have regarding the staging process. Realtors may not know it, but stagers may be their most significant asset in marketing a client’s home.
Question: How do I choose a stager?
Answer: There are many things to look for when choosing a stager. Before you hire a stager, consider these qualifications:
- Look for credentials. A good stager will be professionally trained in staging and design principles.
- Ask for references. An experienced stager will have references and a photo gallery of personal projects.
- Interview your stager. Most staging businesses are independently owned and will operate differently from each other.
Question: Can I stage my own house? Or Can I have my friend direct my house?
Answer: It is best to use an independent staging consultant with an objective view of your home. Professional stagers are specifically trained to find and remove the obstacles that could interfere with the sale of your house. Homeowners and friends familiar with a place may find staging and design principles difficult for areas in which they are emotionally attached.
Question: Doesn’t stage cost a lot of money?
Answer: Staging, like any quality service, is not free. Staging costs may range between $100 for a consultation evaluation and $2500 for complete staging services (Actual costs vary depending upon company pricing and location.) Think of the cost of staging as an investment in your home that will save you time and money when your house is listed. Statistically, the acquisition of producing a place has a return of approximately 120%; (for a $1000 staging project, a homeowner may see a $1200 return when they sell their home. Statistics cited from http://www.stagedhomes.com, with permission). The bottom line is that your investment in staging will usually be less than the first price reduction on your home! Can you afford not to stage your house?
Question: Isn’t staging and decorating the same thing?
Answer: No. Staging and decorating are on different ends of the spectrum. Staging uses proven techniques that create an emotional response in buyers, thus generating greater buyer interest. Interior decorating uses design principles to display the homeowner’s tastes and styles. When you sell your home, personal types must be set aside to make your house appealing to most buyers.
Question: How do I get started?
Answer: Ask your Realtor if their agency provides staging services or stager referrals. Otherwise, to find an Accredited Staging Professional in your area, visit Staged Homes.
Your home may be the most significant investment in your lifetime. Do not sell your investment short when you are ready to list your home. A properly prepared home will sell in the shortest amount of time while commanding the highest offers. For more information on staging, visit KFM Staging & Design.