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Updated: Jan 5, 2022

Stagging is a BIG deal when it comes to sell your home. Most people leave this part of of the selling process and end-up leaving a significant amount of money on the table.

Good staging lets the buyers imagine themselves in the home, shows off its good features and hides its flaws, turns weird spaces into usable spaces, creates a mood, and makes the home look significantly better in photos. - Melinda Massie.

Do you know that besides staging services cost money if you live in the property your agent can tell you what to do to maximize the amount of offers and people that come see your home?

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Stager

Help clients do their staging homework. First, find out what comparable homes look like and whether they’re staged. Then interview potential stagers with these questions.

  1. Can I see before-and-after photos of jobs you’ve handled? Can you explain what you did and why?

  2. Do you usually stage all the rooms in a house or condo, or just a few key rooms? Which ones?

  3. Do you recommend taking down artwork and curtains and removing most accessories?

  4. Do you have access to a staging inventory that you own or rent? If the furnishings will be rented, how long is the rental period?

  5. Can any of my client’s furnishings be used for staging, and if so, which ones?

  6. Do you recommend other improvements, such as painting, polishing floors, or resurfacing kitchen cabinets if you believe it’s required?

  7. Do you offer expertise concerning the property’s exterior?

  8. How will the seller will be charged? Is it by the number of rooms, hours on the clock, or a flat fee for the entire project?

  9. What’s your average return on investment? How much might my seller might realize if the home is staged versus not staged?

  10. Can my client get the specifics of your staging proposal in writing?

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