Home staging creates that home warm feeling that makes the buyers think “I want to live here”. Be aware that not all home staging is professionally done. Here are the questions you should ask when hiring an expert in preparing and showcasing properties for sale.
Training and experience
Home staging requires skills and experience in showcasing the positives and downplaying the negatives of a house. When you trust your property to stagers, you should know:
- What formal training they went through to acquire these skills;
- How many years of experience they have in home staging and/or interior design;
- What other works they have done – ask for a home staging portfolio with “before” and “after” photos, testimonials and referrals, and for their official website and social media channels.
Most home stagers have their own inventory of furniture and accessories or will use a furniture rental company. Still, ask about their available resources, or find out if they only work with the furniture and decor you already have in your home.
Home staging styles
You will want to find out what type of style the experts would recommend for your property so that it will appeal to specific buyers. The home stagers should be able to provide a range of decorative styles that will fit the house’s architecture, location, and demographics of your area.
Professional home stagers should be familiar with the real estate market in your area, especially with the expectations of different buyers. They should know how to showcase your property for multiple niches, checking the buyers’ wish lists for their new home.
Costs, contracts & insurance
Get estimates from a few professional home stagers, and make sure you know exactly what you will get for your money. Ask for a time frame for your project, and get everything in writing, in a contract. Do not forget to inquire about the business insurance they have, especially about the insurance for the furniture and decor they will place in your house.
Here at Jacqueline Kennedy Designs, we are ready to answer all these questions and others you might have about our professional home staging services!