8 Key Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Home Staging Company
Staging your home doesn’t just make it sell faster. It can also make it sell at a higher price.
But that’s only true if you hire the right home staging company. An inexperienced stager can take your money and leave you with zero results.
That’s why you need to ask any stager you’re thinking of hiring plenty of questions. We’ve put together this list to help you cover some of the most important topics, so make sure you keep reading below!
1. How Much (And What Type of) Experience Do You Have?
You can’t enroll at a university and come out with a “home staging” degree, so it’s important to learn how long a professional stager has been in the industry, what type of houses they’ve staged, how many clients they’ve worked with, etc.
And just because there isn’t any formal training for home stagers doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask them about their education. Professional stagers will have certificates or be a Real Estate Staging Association (or RESA) member. Stagers who are part of RESA have spent at least one year staging homes already, and they have all the right insurance and documentation.
If a stager doesn’t have this type of experience, you might not want to trust them with your business.
2. Can You Show Me Pictures of Some Recent Homes You Staged?
This will give you a good taste of how the home stager works (and the quality of their work). On top of that, it may also give you a better sense of their morals and ethics.
Some home stagers, usually new ones or frauds, use stock photos to “show off” their abilities. The only thing these photos show off, though, is a giant red flag. Professional stager should never use someone else’s photos in their portfolios.
3. How Long Do Your Staged Homes Stay on the Market?
You want any stager you hire to be able to sell your home fast. If you ask a professional stager how long the homes they’ve staged stay on the market, they should be willing to give you the average timeframe. If they avoid this topic or don’t have aw good answer, it probably means the homes stayed on the market for longer than they should have.
And make sure the stager isn’t quoting industry averages at you. While these are helpful in understanding the staging process, you want to know about their work specifically.
4. Do You Have Insurance?
Not much can go wrong when it comes to home staging, right?
The home stager will have to move large pieces of furniture in and out of rooms, hang up and take down heavy decorations, repaint the walls, etc. It’s easy to scratch the floor or damage a section of the drywall as they work.
If they don’t have insurance, you may be stuck paying for these repairs yourself. A professional stager should have coverage for this type of damage, and they should be willing to show you proof of that.
5. What Are Some Current Interior Design Trends?
You might not know much about interior design, but your home stager needs to be fluent when it comes to these trends. Simply talking to them about the current trends can give you a sense of whether they know what they’re talking about or not.
But you shouldn’t just leave it at that.
Ask them how they stay on top of these trends. How do they continue their education? You’ll want to avoid hiring a home stager that doesn’t attend relevant conferences or events.
6. How Much Do You Charge?
This might be one of the most important questions on the list for you (and your wallet!). After all, you don’t want to end up spending money on the staging process that you can’t make back during the sale.
Make sure you understand the stager’s rates and how they plan to charge you. For example, some professional stagers charge a flat fee while others bill you by the hour. Knowing these things will ensure you aren’t hit with any “hidden” costs at the end of the day.
However, this doesn’t mean you should choose the cheapest option out there. Price reflects quality. If you hire the cheapest home stager you can find, you probably won’t get good services—they may not make a difference at all.
7. Do You Have Any References?
Before you hire a professional stager (no matter how qualified they may seem), you should always ask for references. A stager should have several they can give you. If they don’t, you may want to take your business somewhere else.
It’s also a good idea to get in touch with these references. Their past clients will be able to give you an honest and detailed review of the stager’s services and how it impacted the sale of their home.
8. How Long Will the Staging Process Take?
In most cases, it only takes a few days to stage a home. However, if the home stager is good, they’ll be busy. They might not be able to start working on your home immediately, and that’s a good sign!
Be wary of stagers that can go to your home right away. This doesn’t mean they’re inexperienced or unqualified, but it might mean they don’t have a lot of other work.
How to How a Home Staging Company
As you’re searching for a home staging company in your area, you should spend some time reading online reviews on third-party websites. No matter how good the reviews are, make sure you call or visit the company and ask them these questions. This will ensure you’re hiring a quality home stager who can help you sell your home as fast as possible.
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