Home staging has taken on a range of interpretations and definitions over the years. So much so that it needs to evolve with our constantly changing needs and the changing of the times. This is evident on billboards and the different kinds of real estate ads that we see.
They always mention “Free Staging” alongside their listing services. But do you have a concrete idea of what exactly all that entails?
A $250-$350 Property Staging Consultation
Before anything else, we need to define what home staging is all about and what it entails. A consultation for a home staging service is a formal appointment that you have with a professional property stager or stylist.
You invite a professional to your home so they can advise you and show you how to improve your home’s marketability. Ultimately, the goal is to help you sell your home on the property market at a top dollar amount.
In order to make the strategy truly realistic and viable, your enlisted professional home stager will throw you a number of relevant questions regarding your budget, skills, timeline, and objectives.
A home staging project should be aimed at achieving the following objectives
- To make your house look and feel as spacious and larger as possible
- To make your home as light and straight as possible
- To make your home as modern and updated as possible.
Who is Responsible for the Cost?
If you hire a full-service realtor, the consultation fee is usually included in their offerings, but not always. Therefore, it is in your best interest to be sure and inquire about it. Otherwise, you will be caught by surprise which is unnecessary.
You may have to cover this fee yourself if you’re using a flat fee or a low-commission property manager. But we’ll encourage you to investigate your prospect home stager’s credentials and competencies.
As much as possible, you should veer away from a mere decorator who happens to have spare time for projects of this kind. Normally, what you’d get from such kind of service is a run-of-the-mill quality. Not really stellar, or anything close to that.
You should also distance yourself from a real estate agent who has a reputation for being a jack-of-all-trades. Enlisting their help for this kind of job runs the risk of giving you nothing less than chintzy results.
For Whom Is It Appropriate?
This works to the advantage of property sellers, regardless of the type of property they want to offer to the market. Any homeowner would find it incredibly difficult to look at their home with a critical eye.
Unfortunately, this is a primary requirement in building a proper strategic plan to sell a house at a top-dollar amount. Homeowners will accept their homes no matter what, even if they are flawed in one way or another.
For these homeowners, their house is perfectly livable — after all, it is their home. But this is a matter of first impressions; potential property buyers only have 30 seconds to judge your house.
Then, what they will unwittingly do next is spend the remainder of their visit solely looking for whatever reason they can find to back up their initial impression.
Who Covers the Costs of Property Staging?
At one point in time, we’ve all let small repairs pile up in our homes unattended. We may argue that we are lacking the time to get to them, but deep down inside of us we don’t have any good idea of how to fix things, much less try.
In selling your house, consider looking at it as your home’s “Day Of Reckoning.” The most important thing you can do for your property before you even enlist it to the real estate market is to ensure it is in top form, in excellent condition.
A good realtor (one who isn’t desperate and runs a reputable full-time business) will usually provide you with continuous home staging advice as necessary.
He will also introduce you to relevant and reputable contractors who will help you in getting a particular job done right the first time. The most viable marketing plan for your house will take into account the best way to sell your house at a premium amount without breaking the bank. A professional home stager will be most helpful to you in this area.