Not all home stagers are created equal. Before hiring a Home stager, there are some things you should consider:
At this time there is no independent national organization such as ARIDO for interior designers, or OREA for Realtors that certifies or licenses Home Stagers, and no government oversight or licensing.Therefore, just like hiring a contractor… you need to choose carefully…after all, you are selling your most valuable asset, YOUR HOME!
Here are some tips to help you select the right stager to help you sell your home:
- Experience and professionalism. Hire the stager with the most real world experience, not the stager with the most letters behind their name, although they may be one and the same.
- Ask to see their portfolio - either on line or hard copy. If they don't have a staging portfolio, in all probability they have never done a staging job, or have never done a good staging job.
- Are you really impressed? If you were looking for a house to buy like the ones in their photos, and you saw those photos on MLS, would you ask your Realtor to make an appointment to see that house/condo?Range of ability Does their portfolio show a wide range of properties in different price brackets or is it all one house/condo? It is important the stager understands what YOUR home needs, and is not just repeating what they do in every home.
(How to choose a Home Stager for successful sale continued...)