If you've decided to sell your home, you might be wondering whether it's worth it to hire a home stager. As a seller, your ultimate goal is to sell your home and this can happen much more quickly when the house appeals to the buyer as much as possible. A home stager will make sure each room in your home is reworked to best market it to the potential buyer by showing it in its best light.
The reality is that staging your home benefits the seller a great deal because a well-dressed, nice-looking home will sell much faster than one that is not. When a potential buyer comes through your home, they want to purchase a home that looks great and is move-in ready, which is why hiring a professional stager can save you a lot of time and money. A home stager might rearrange your furniture, ask you to place your existing furniture in storage, make sure clutter is cleared and might even bring in some of their own pieces to help spruce up a room.
Below, I’m sharing some of the things I’ve learned over the years from working with home stagers.
Tips for Hiring A Home Stager
- Hiring a home stager can be good in the sense that they will be able to give you an objective perspective on what should and shouldn’t be in each room to make it most appealing.
- Stagers understand what will appeal to the majority of people and are trained in specific design principles, like how best to light a room, how to position items so the room will photograph well and how traffic flow is affected by arrangement of furniture and possessions.
- Get referrals from friends so you know exactly what to expect. I can also give you referrals if you contact me and let me know.
- Be sure to ask your home stager if they use your existing furniture or décor or if they will bring in new things. You will also want to ask them if they charge by room or level of detail. You should also find out what will be required of you if you are living in the home while you are selling it.
- Make sure your home stager also markets your home’s exterior. They should be concerned with making sure your home has as much curb appeal as possible, which could include updating your yard, gardens or walkways.
- If you’re on the fence about hiring a home stager, one thing that you should consider is that while the stager generally starts in the thousand-dollar range, it will save you time, money and energy getting your house ready for showings, not to mention reducing your stress levels!
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