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5 Questions to ask prior to hiring a Home Stager
A staged home makes a great impression on buyers. But if you’re not up to the task, how do you find the right person for the job?
The answers you get to these questions will tell you a lot.
1. Can I see your portfolio?
It’s not enough to ask a few questions over the phone. Meet stagers in person and review their portfolio-it’s a sneak peek of their capabilities.
Are their example pictures attractive? Are they presented neatly? Does the home you want to stage mesh with the style of the staging pro?
2. What is your training and background?
The home staging industry is largely unregulated, so it’s important to find out if stagers have been trained and what their certifications mean.
Is their background in in real estate? Have they staged homes in your seller’s price range? Do they know the conditions of the market and what it will take to get the house sold?
3. Do you have a specialty?
Many stagers specialize in a specific type of home, such as lofts, condos, starter homes, or luxury homes. Do your homework to make sure the stager’s specialty is what you’re looking for; high-end décor might not look right in a lower-priced listing.
Think proportionally, as well. If stagers usually work in large, more spacious homes, their furnishings may be too big for a smaller, urban condo.
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