8 Tips for Working with a Home Stager

8 Tips for Working with a Home Stager

  • 08/25/22

Eight tips for working with a home stager

An empty house with plain walls can be a turn-off when selling a property. You need to add depersonalized decor here and there to evoke the buyer's imagination on how they can customize that corner of the house.

Working with a professional home stager for this purpose can increase the value of your house. They have all the resources to make your home look sale-worthy instantly.  Here is everything you need to examine before starting your contract with a home stager:

1. Schedule a consultation

The first step is to schedule a consultation with a home staging company. You can also book an independent or freelance home stager depending on your budget and preference. Some home stagers also provide virtual staging options. 

2. Qualifications matters 

Never hesitate to request a list of their accreditations and certifications. 

3. Ask for the portfolio

Another important tip to keep in mind is to check the portfolio of your home stager before finalizing the deal. The stager might be well qualified, but he may not have the design style that matches your preference or neighborhood. It is best to go through the stager's portfolio to calculate their ability to work on different projects and meet other clients' requirements.

4. Get client testimonials

Make sure to ask for testimonials and reviews of the stager's work. Furthermore, look for online reviews about the stager you are working with. 

5. Check for insurance

Check is the insurance of the home stager. Liability insurance is the most common type of insurance you look for — it covers damage without a detectable. 

6. Design a decor and furniture placement plan

Once you’ve understood their style and noted all your requirements, you can move on to the furniture placement plan. Some stagers may give you a digital strategy, while others give you a physical copy of the project.

Some stagers will give you a plan so you can set the furniture and decor items accordingly, while others do the physical work themselves too.

7. Don't forget the exterior

It is a common misconception that home staging is only for the interior of the home. Upon arrival, the exterior of your home is what a potential buyers sees first. It is essential to stage the home's exterior to ensure you are showcasing the property's best exterior features.

8. Set your budget

Lastly, make sure to set a budget. You don't want to overspend on staging your house. Decide on a budget that you can recover by selling your property.

Why is home staging necessary?

According to the National Association of Realtors 2019 (NAR), 40% of the buyers' agents specified that home staging positively affects the view of the house in people's eyes. It makes it more convenient for the buyer to visualize the house as their future home. Staging showcases the house's potential, decor ideas, and how you can utilize the space in the future.

The average cost of home staging

The amount you spend on staging your house depends on your personal preference. You choose a basic staging package to display simple furniture in your home or add a touch of luxury by paying a more significant sum of money.

Are you looking for a professional home stager in your area?  Kevin Crigger can help you find the best stagers in Toronto and help you sell your property fast!


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