Not All Professional Home Stagers Are Created Equal
When you decide to sell your home, the main goal is to appeal to the potential buyer. In order to do this, every room in your house needs to be shown in its best light. This is where a professional home stager comes into play. They will help you figure out which areas and parts of your house need to be minimized and which are areas that should be enhanced. During the staging process, your house should be transformed into a home that potential buyers can envision as their own and want to purchase. An NAR (National Association of Realtors) study showed that staging a home for sale reduces the time the home is on the market by one-third to one-half (33 – 50%)! This is where professional home staging by a competent real estate agent with a proven home-staging process comes into the equation. In order to hire a professional home stager that is right for you and your home, consider the following tips.
You Get What You Pay For
Your greatest asset is your home and you need to find a professional stager who is experienced and professional. Remember, you get what you pay for – the cheapest priced stager is not always going to give you the results you are looking for and could end up costing you more money in the long run.
Ask Around for Referrals
Just as you would if looking for a new mechanic or a doctor, ask your friends, family and neighbors that have used home stagers. This will not only give you peace of mind but also insight into what to expect as well as saving you time searching for a stager blindly.
Ask Questions During The Consultation
When a home stager comes to your home for a consultation, be prepared with questions as they take a walk through your home and provide their observations and feedback. Questions like: “What types of homes have they staged in the past?”, “Can they use existing furniture or will it be required to bring in new furniture and decor”?, “How do they charge? By room? By level of detail?”
Find Out What Will Be Expected of You
A trust worthy home stager will give you tips on how to keep your home in “staged condition” once their done. This is very important as if you are living in the home while selling it, you must expect that there will be work for you to do. Discuss this in length before signing a contract to have your home staged.
Ask How You Can Lower The Price
Go through the quote your provided and ask or tell the stager what you have the ability to do yourself. Decluttering and purging personal items should be done before they visit. Let them know that if there is any repainting or cleaning that needs to be done that you will do that yourself and have the quote adjusted.
Don’t Forget About Curb Appeal
The exterior of your home is equally as important as the interior as it is the first impression the potential buyer is going to see. Home stager should be concerned about the exterior of your home so make sure they walk your property and provide advice on what they recommend for your yard, walkways and landscape of your house.
Interview Multiple People
Just as you would with doctors, get second opinions. If you don’t feel totally confident after one interview with a home stager, make appointments to have others come in to quote so you can compare pricing, recommendations and strategies for your home. Also be sure to take notes as they provide advice as there will be many items you can take care of yourself.
Vacant Homes Will Cost More
Empty homes take more work and therefore cost more money. All of the tips above assume there is someone you are still living in the house. If the house you have on the market is vacant, make sure to ask about costs of furniture and if there are rental costs involved. You may also consider having the essential romes staged like the master bedroom, dining room and family areas.
You want selling your home to be a quick and easy process. Remember, statistics have shown that staged homes not only sell for more than 6% above the asking price, but also spend less than half the time on the market than non-staged homes!
Who Is the Best Home Staging Realtor in Central Florida?
Lynda Miller! Known as the “Staging Artist”, she brings her artistic skills and her vast experience to take your blank canvas and turn in into the portrait it needs to be. She is a professional! With over 20 years of home staging experience in the Orlando real estate market, Lynda knows that a properly staged home has just the right quality of furnishings and spacing, allowing potential buyers to visualize how the rooms function and how the spacing in your home flows best. Being a Staging Artist allows Lynda to help create an atmosphere of warmth and generate positive emotions in a potential buyer. She avoids any clutter, and shows the buyer your home’s strengths while minimizing it’s deficiencies. By staging your home, Lynda engages prospective buyers, thus increasing both their interest and perception of value.
Who Should I Choose To Stage and Sell MY Home?
Why not choose the very best? If you like the sound of selling your house faster and for more money, then you need talk to Lynda Miller first. You’ll quickly find out why Lynda was selected as one of Orlando’s Top 100 Realtors by Orlando Magazine for 2017 and named Woman of the Year in Orlando Style Magazine for 2017. With over 20 years of experience in the Orlando real estate market, Lynda’s clients all say it best: Lynda sold their homes faster and for more money than they had anticipated. If you’ve decided to place your Central Florida home or your house on the market, we urge you to call Lynda Miller today at (407) 620-2924 or contact her Online now. There is a difference in Central Florida’s realtors and Lynda truly is a Real Estate All-Star Agent!