First, let me start by saying that not all people who claim to be home stagers are professionally trained, accredited, and insured. Look at the stagers references, insurance and license. Ask how long they have been in the industry, and finally, look for samples of their work.
Once you have chosen an Accredited Scenario Professional, determine the type of service you need from him, whether it is just a consultation for those who want to do the work themselves and have the time and creativity to get the job done, a consultation can be just for you. Typically, a consultation will give you ideas and suggestions for curb appeal and some needed repairs to your home’s driveway. It is very important to address this, as this is the buyer’s first impression of your home (and potentially your new home). If you need to add a little “WOW” factor and need help getting the job done, an ASP Stager can do the job for you or give you guidelines to do it yourself.
Often times, people have moved and left an empty house. The fact is, empty houses don’t sell or look good. 85% of buyers start their home search online, their search shows several (often hundreds) of homes that meet their parameters. Buyers start clicking images to try to find the most attractive home with the best price that appeals to them. When they find a house that appeals to them visually, they will start looking at the interior images of the house. If all they see are 4 beige walls or 4 purple, green walls, they will turn off and move on to the next house. Empty rooms have nothing to catch buyers’ attention and show them the size and scale of the rooms. All they see is the ugly paint color or stains on the carpet or other unfinished projects in the room. This is a fundamental reason why you need to organize your vacant property. It doesn’t need to be the whole house, but ideally it should be the main living areas of the house, and special attention should be paid to the hall / entrance of the house as this is your first impression of the house. Homes organized by an ASP Stager sell faster and often for more money than unorganized homes. Many stagers have an inventory of furniture that they can rent to you while your home sells.
When you work with an ASP Stager, they will recommend paint colors that are great for selling your home and make suggestions for upgrades and repairs that may be necessary to help your home look and sell faster. Most buyers don’t want a “repair” home. If you want your home to sell, make sure it is clean, up-to-date, priced correctly, and ready for sale.
As a homeowner and entrepreneur, I realize how difficult it is to try to have an objective eye on your home and try to visualize the flaws and weaknesses. Unfortunately, when you live in the house, it is often very difficult to see your house through buyer’s eyes and have a neutral nose to smell whatever smell your house may have, mainly because you live in it and it is normal for you. One clear fact is that if buyers can smell it, they won’t sell it. Hire a licensed staging professional to review your home and find out which staging option is right for you. Note that the cost of staging can often be counted in the sales price. Also, the cost of staging is always less than the average 5-40% decrease in prices if the house does not sell.