You know when you browse the real estate agency windows, brochures or websites, and you see those immaculately clean and well ordered living spaces? Isn’t that maddening? Just pure infuriating? How do these people keep their places looking so clean and tidy whilst in the process of selling their homes? What kind of superhuman has the time to juggle work, making food and keeping a home so ridiculously tidy and viewing ready?
Well, not the homeowner, a lot of the time. This is where the trusty home stager comes in. Yes, that’s right, you can hire someone to make your house look picture perfect and entirely ready for prospective buyers to feel instantly at home.
Home stagers practice the art of readying a private residence for a sale. The main objective of staging is to make a home an attractive a prospect as physically possible to the biggest number of potential buyers as possible, therefore potentially selling the property more quickly and for a larger sum.
A home stager might also inform the seller of particular spaces in their home which could do with more or perhaps less furnishing in order to make it more appealing to buyers.
We all like to make our homes our own personal space, with a mix of all sorts of trinkets and whatnot, especially if we’ve lived in them for some time, but maybe some of those things will be less appealing to other buyers. A home stager would help you form a non-partisan view of your own space, and push you to de-clutter, leaving the bare necessities, those which home viewers may also be likely to transport over to the space if it were to become their own.
Experienced home stagers should be able to show you a portfolio of past stagings, which have proven to be successful at sale, particularly with similar homes to the one which you are trying to sell.
It’s always wise to go into any professional agreement with any burning questions you may have, answered, putting your mind at ease. Questions such as:
Is the home stager both qualified and experienced?
Have they staged homes similar to mine before?
Have they got proof of sold homes that they’ve staged previously?
Do they come with any recommendations? (From real estate agents or other trustworthy sources)
Is there any preparatory work I can do before they start?
Your local real estate agents will no doubt have contacts in this field. Regional directories or advertisements may also produce results for professionals within your vicinity.
homify can also help locate home stagers in your area. You simply need to click our professionals tab, and search for home stagers, along with your zip code and you’ll be able to see project portfolios from professionals in your area.
If this search is fruitless, why not post a question on our discussions board? You’ll receive both expert and user response and recommendation for any query you might have relating to homes and interiors.
Home stagers will generally charge between $300 and $600 for an initial consultation, with an actual staging cost depending on how many rooms the home has and how big the rooms are; it’s then worked out and charged based on a monthly fee. This should be agreed with the stager before they start actually staging the home.
So, now you know why houses looks to perfect before a sale, and that you don’t have to spend every waking minute of your day preparing yours yourself. Simply use homify, find your perfect stager and sit back and await the offers on your home.