Sellers, you know you need to Stage your home before you list with a Realtor. I can imagine you rolling your eyes and thinking about dollar signs. True, you can Stage the home yourself and save a bundle. There are plenty of books and online information to guide you. But do you have the time, manpower and talent to get the job done?
A good point to remember is that Home Staging is an investment. You are saving time and carrying costs by having your property ready to be unveiled to buyers. Studies show that Staged Homes sell faster and for more money, and that you earn a return on your Staging investment. Whether you perform the Staging yourself or hire a professional, it’s crucial that you Stage.
A professional Home Staging company will carry liability and workman’s compensation insurance. It will have enough team members to get your Staging project done fast (a day or two) with little inconvenience to you, the seller. It will provide movers, packers, supplies, storage – contractors and furnishings if needed – and have invested time and money in professional Home Staging education to provide the best possible service. Depending on the scope of the project, Staging could cost from 1-3 percent of the list price of the home.
Ask yourself if you can properly complete your Staging by yourself, or if you should hire a professional.
Carolina Spaces, LLC
Joan Inglis, Accredited Staging Professional Master®
Joan Inglis owns and operates Carolina Spaces, LLC, an award-winning Home Staging, model home merchandising, and interior design company. Joan has worked her interior magic for celebrities, sports figures, government officials, and national homebuilders. She is regularly featured on TV, online, and in print. Joan is an interior designer and a Realtor. She holds the certification of Accredited Staging Professional Master® – the highest designation in the home staging industry. She currently sits on the International Board of Directors of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals®.
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