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Sell Faster With Home Staging

The process of getting your home ready to sell can be more than a bit daunting. From inspections and repairs to decluttering and even remodeling, the list only seems to grow.  When the paint dries, the photos are taken and your home is finally listed on the MLS, you are then faced with the task of showing your home to potential buyers.  To ensure that all this work you've put into preparing your home shows in the best way possible, home staging might just be the way to go.

Staging your home can be the difference between a good offer and an amazing offer.  According to HomeGain.com, staged homes spend 83% less time on the market than non-staged homes. So what exactly is Home Staging? Read on to find out...

WHAT IS STAGING?

Staging is the act of getting a home ready for resale.  A familiar term, staging has been around for decades, but the idea of hiring a professional is developing a new standard of home promotion in real estate. Until recently, homeowners were left to their own devices to decipher the best way to ready their home.  You may have lucked out with an agent who can provide instructions, but more often than not agents are better at selling and closing than design.

A professional home stager focuses solely on designing the home for resale.  They work with the "flow" of the space, decluttering, rearranging furniture or even bringing in new furniture to maximize the home presentation.  They can play a key role in first impressions for potential buyers, and in real estate that is everything.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST

As with most services to a home, the cost can vary depending on the size and complexity of the staging project.  Some variables that affect cost might be:

  • Listing price -  expect stagers to ask about this, as it has a huge effect on what the design level should be, and what you as the homeowner would be willing to pay for that
  • Size of house
  • Are they using existing furniture or bringing in new furniture? 
  • Is there a lot of decluttering to do?
  • Are you having them only stage a few rooms, or perhaps the entire house.

Gather a few estimates and ask for specifics on what is being charged and why. It does cost money, but should be a good balance based on the potential payoff. Some charge by the hour and some a flat fee for the project.  If they include rentals, make sure you know where they are coming from and the cost of the items.

 

FINDING A STAGING COMPANY

As with any professional service, referrals are usually the best way to go.  Most real estate agents have a few trusted stagers at this point, so that is a good place to start. Larger real estate companies usually have a list of pre-screened professionals that they recommend.  Ask friends and family, or go to sites ranked by customer reviews like Houzz.com, Yelp, Annie's List, Thumbtack, etc.

  

SEATTLE AREA STAGERS

If you are in the Seattle area, here are a few staging companies in a variety of price ranges that can help make a difference:

Rosichelli Design, http://www.rosichellidesign.com/

Hunter Home Staging, http://www.hunterstaging.com/home.html

Josley, 206 504-8042josleyusa@gmail.com

 

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Lauren Haule

Written by Lauren Haule

Lauren is a Faira blog contributor.

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