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Staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, more loving and, best of all, it makes home buyers want to buy it. Instantly!
Contrary to what you might think, it’s about more than preparing your house for sale. Staging is what you do after you’ve cleaned, decluttered, painted, made minor repairs; it’s all about dressing the house for sale.
What is a Professional Home Stager?
Professional stagers are highly skilled artists. They can take a blank canvas and paint a sensuous portrait without ever lifting a paint brush. Stagers possess the skills of a top-level designer and they create dramatic scenery that appeals to all five senses. Here are some of their secrets:
- Arrange sparse pieces of furniture in an appealing grouping known as a vignette
- Showcase a generous usage of soft fabrics such as silk, lambswool, satin
- Display unusual knickknacks in units of 1, 3 or 5
- Drape window coverings with simple lines
- Add unique elements to shelving, bookcases and fireplace mantels, which draw attention to predetermined area
What Accessories Does a Home Stager Use?
Stagers bring in a vast array of items to spruce up the house. Here is a small sampling of items professional stagers often use to dress each room: Mirrors, foliage, wall art, pillows, throws, books, trays, candles, lamps, office items, area rugs, baskets
How they are utilized is limited only by the creativity and vision of the stager:
How to Find and Hire a Home Stager
Real estate agents are often your best source of information because they tend to develop long on-going business relationships with the best stagers in town. Or better yet, hire a realtor that is also a stager, such as Premiere Stagers & Realty. Staging is included with each of their listings.
Alternatively, do a search in any major search engine and look at the portfolios of home stagers to see how they have enhanced the features of the home. The goal is to make that house more appealing and enable a prospective buyer to see themselves living there.
How Much Does Home Staging Cost?
Prices vary depending on where you live and the local demand for staging. Coastal areas and large metropolitan cities where home staging has been prevalent for years command higher prices. Some realtors help stage the home themselves. Most listing agents agree, however, that vacant houses show better with staging and will encourage sellers to hire a professional stager. Fees range from $200 for a consultation plus report to $2800 or more for a vacant staging, depending on square footage and the number of rooms staged.
Premiere Stagers & Realty
A full-service staging and realty company can help with your staging, buying, or selling needs. Call 608-345-9396.