When you hire home stagers, it doesn’t only mean that your house will be sold faster, but it can also be sold at a higher price. But what happens when you hire inexperienced stagers? Your money is wasted, which leaves you with zero results. Today, we have put together some essential questions to ask professional home stagers before hiring them.
1. Are You a Full-Time Stager?
Do you know how many youngsters in the field of interior designing take up home staging as a part-time working option?
But, it is evident that these novices are not well equipped and experienced to manage the complexities of home staging. Besides, they might also not be readily available when you need them the most. This is why hiring a full-time professional stager is crucial.
2. What Kind of Qualifications and Experience Do You Have?
Just like an interview, knowing the stager’s experiences and qualification goes an incredibly long way. The whole objective of hiring a professional home stager is to successfully maximize your investment returns on the investment and get the highest sale price for your house and this can only be achieved with an exceptionally experienced and professionally trained stager.
Now, it is true that you cannot just enroll at a university and come out with a “home staging” degree. But, just because there is not any formal training for home staging doesn’t mean that you should not inquire about their qualifications. Usually, a professional home stager will have genuine certificates or will be certified by RESA (Real Estate Staging Association). And, let me add that people who are members of RESA have spent nearly one-year staging homes.
As this industry is currently growing rapidly, many are trying to jump in to become home stagers without realizing that having a flair for interior decorating is a world apart from real estate staging. Therefore, it is important to learn how long the stagers have been in the industry, what types of houses they have staged and how many clients they have worked with and so on.
3. Is Your Home Staging Company a Registered Business and Is It Fully Insured?
Usually, professional stagers have a staging insurance, including liability in case there is any property damage, errors and omission or theft. Hence, it is important to ask for a copy of their insurance coverage.
4. Can You Provide Any Testimonials or References?
Always remember to ask for references before hiring a professional stager. And, it is crucial to get in touch with these references as the past clients can give you an honest and more detailed review of the stager’s services and how it played a role in the sale of their homes.
5. Can You Show Me Pictures of Some Recent Houses You Staged?
This is one of the best ways to get an idea of the quality and type of staging work the company does. In addition, it will help you to get a better sense of their morals and ethics. However, beware as there some home stagers, or rather some frauds, who like to use stock photos to “show off” their abilities.
6. Do You Offer Free Consultations?
Now, free is good, yes, but can you expect to get a free meal when you go to a five-star restaurant? Of course not!
Even though there is not really any fixed pricing yet for professional staging consultation services, you can still expect to invest between $200 and $500 for a staging consultation (with a written report, of course).
7. Do You Stage Kitchens and Baths Too?
Here’s a fun fact: there are some stagers who simply place a potted plant in a kitchen and consider it staged. Can you actually believe that?
As both the kitchen and the bathroom are essential areas of a house, make sure you choose professional stagers that do give importance to these rooms.
8. Can You Coordinate the Colors, Styles and Décor throughout the House?
Did you know that there are many home stagers who do not give much importance to colors and instead go for random colors? And, as a result, the design in the house feels disconnected and there is little consistency. This is why it is recommended to choose experts who know how to create a cohesive and modern-styled home look.
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