If you are planning to sell your home, you have likely looked into whether to hire a professional home stager to assist with preparing your home for sale. In most regions today, home staging has become a standard practice and expectation when selling a home. With this industry standard comes more selection than ever, and as a homeowner, it can be confusing and over-whelming. How do you choose the company and home stager that is right for you? There are a few key areas that you should address to ensure you find the right fit for your needs:
1. Review their portfolio! Any home stager worth anything will have a portfolio available for you to view, whether online, or in print. In today’s technology and social media age, it’s easier than ever for companies to showcase their work in a professional manner.
2. Personality – You are trusting your home to this person, so you want to ensure they are qualified, but it is also important that you “click” with the home stager you choose. Selling your home can be an emotional process, and you want to ensure your home stager is not just someone you are doing business with, but someone you can trust to provide you with the best advice and solutions for your unique home.
3. Price – This should not be a determining factor in selecting a home stager. Experience and quality service may come at a higher price, but saving a few hundred dollars on home staging could mean the difference between a successful home sale and a house that sits on the market for months with price reductions. Remember that your home is your largest investment, and investing in quality homestaging services will achieve the desired results – a quick and profitable sale!
4. Awards, accreditations, and affiliated associations – Currently there is no governing body for the home staging industry, and therefore there are no real requirements to setting up a business except the standard business registrations. Most home stagers have received formal training of some sort, so ask what schooling or certifications they have received – most schools offer similar quality of programs, but it is important to receive some form of training prior to opening a home staging business. In addition, memberships of business organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Better Business Bureau or Real Estate Staging Association can act as good indicators as well. You are hiring this home stager because they are an expert in their field, so you want to have the confidence that they will act professionally at all times.
5. What is their process? It is likely that you will be expected to do some of the work, so it is a good idea to identify and address what the expectations will be of both you, and your home stager, throughout the duration of the home sale. Ask the right questions, such as what support is available following the consultation, and following staging? What happens once the house is listed? Will your home stager keep in touch and answer your questions? Your home stager should be a part of your home selling team, so it is important to understand what follow-up support is offered, and what fees will be associated with this.