Submitted 06/22/12 07:19 PM
Q. With home staging being a relatively new field, have you or a client worked with a home stager?
Submitted 06/22/12 07:21 PM
No it just hasn't taken off here yet
Submitted 06/23/12 07:48 PM
Charles, do you think with marketing and education that home staging may grow to be a necessity and the norm. There's quite a bit of monetary savings in doing this.
Submitted 06/23/12 11:41 PM
Actually, as an owner of home furnishings store for nine years I have decorated / staged tons of homes to sell.
I've just recently added selling real estate. in our market, most agents hire a stager to get best & quickest results.
I consider it one of the responsibilities of an agent to either know what.needs to be done or hire someone who does.
The advantage of hiring a stager is you don't have to be the bad guy. Sometimes it can be tricky to instruct sellers that they have to loose the fake dusting greenery etc. Bottom line most good stagers can perform miracles in an hour
I charge $75 an hour, it 's a small price to pay to get house looking fabulous, so photos will look great and ultimately buyers will fall in love and buy it. Ask around find a good stager. You will be so glad you added this to list of must do's to sell.
Submitted 06/26/12 01:50 PM
I have used a stager for vacant homes, and have brought them in to stage the owner's belongings. In both circumstances, I have had very good results. With vacant homes, many buyers have a hard time imagining how furniture would be set up. With properties that are already furnished by the owners, the job tends to be smaller. Some simple rearranging to best show off the home.
Submitted 07/01/12 03:16 PM
We are seeing many Realtors insisting that their listings are staged, it is such a smart investment and it is becoming a crucial part of the property marketing strategy yeilding fantastic results for home seller and their agents.
Submitted 07/12/12 08:00 PM
As a Home Stager my experience has been that when the seller has priced their home in line with their area market, staging, or as some may say styling, is very effective in getting the home sold in a relatively short time. Staging or styling is really part of the "marketing" aspect of selling your home.
The market has changed and so has the buyers. And, a stager's goal is to market the home in such a way that it will appeal to the targeted buyer. Look at the cost of staging as an investment in getting your home sold in a timely manner. The Realtors I've worked with recognize that are are the ones who are the most proactive in their area.
Submitted 07/15/12 07:51 AM
There are varying degrees of home staging - some as simple as just advice from a stager on how to make the house more presentable to as elaborate as temporarily replacing all the furniture in their house. I have seen many houses that could have sold for 20K higher had they brought in some more modern furniture. Their current house was 30 years old with very old furniture and it looked horrendous. But they did not want to spend a couple of thousand dollars in favour of much more.
So if your house is especially old and dated, I would strongly suggest hiring a home stager. I'm a registered agent and I have had pretty good success in getting higher selling prices when a stager was brought in.
Submitted 07/20/12 12:07 AM
I've seen a bit of this. As with virtually every arena or facet of our business, one size doesn't fit all and what pleases one person might drive another away. Some folks love to see a home that's empty- and that may be the best route to go when one is small and needs to appear bigger than it really is. Others like to see a bed that's the size of their own, etc.- allowing them to better judge space once their stuff would go in.
Submitted 07/22/12 04:37 PM
A. In the luxury segment of the Naples, Florida real estate market we are seeing staging working successfully. We are at the stage where many are staging and if you are not having your listing staged your market times can be longer or not selling at all. Lower offers are coming in on unstaged properties because they look like distressed sales and buyers are assuming the seller just wants out since they have not made the effort.
Submitted 07/22/12 04:47 PM
For my listings it's a routine part of preparing property for sale. A lot of agents are doing their own little thing, I use a pro stager. I'd say a good protion of our listings here are at least a little bit staged.
Submitted 07/22/12 05:11 PM
pervinder khangura "pk"
Real Estate Agent Keller Williams
Staging is important part of selling the house quickly.
Submitted 07/22/12 06:17 PM
I've read states that Staged Homes sell 50% faster and for 10-15% more money. In today's market homeowners need to get every penny they can for thier homes. A professional Stager is one of the best tools a listing agent can have! If they are not using one they should!
Submitted 07/23/12 04:19 AM
It makes a big difference. Professional staging is the best but some of the basic things like de-cluttering and deep cleaning need to be sugguested to many clients who can't see what I see because they have lived there so long. If they have great furniture and good taste it is much easier to get everything perfect with just a few changes.
Submitted 07/23/12 07:30 AM
I believe that staging when done properly can greatly enhance the look and feel of the home. Where I as a Home Inspector have some issues is when home staging is used to hide/cover problems that would be noticable if the person doing the staging did not purposfully place a piece of furniture over/in front of the problem.
For example, a tv is hung on a wall and is used to cover a huge hole that is there. As a Home Inspector, I do not move or remove these items and even though it is stated in my Inspection Agreement the buyer upon closing feels cheated because as he/she puts it, "How did you miss this?" and then proceeds to bad mouth me to friends, family and anyone else who will listen.
Submitted 07/23/12 08:32 AM
I have worked together with a decorator/stager correcting decor not very suitable for the type of property at minimal cost to he owner. A lot of times new condo property is not totally finished and needs lighting, drapes, window treatments, closet configuration, etc. This poses a problem especially with absentee owners who want to sell or rent their unit. A simple solution is for the stager to send all the suggestions and pricing to the owner; and discuss the time needed to do the project. With a profesional stager this can be done in a short amount of time and the unit can be ready to be marketed. It's like "before" and "after" pictures.
Submitted 07/23/12 08:56 AM
Yes, i have been using home staging for over 10 years and what a difference it makes on selling a home.
Submitted 07/23/12 10:00 AM
Yes we have for several years and it makes a World of Difference! I highly recommend it!
Submitted 07/23/12 12:20 PM
Those sellers that have used my home staging services have found that their home does sell faster. For an agent recommeding home staging it not only makes their job easier it makes them look like a star! It's a win/win
Submitted 07/30/12 06:12 AM
From my experience in Southern New Mexico, home staging does work! My listings that have been staged by a professional home stager show much better in photos and in person, and there is often a "wow" factor associated with these homes. Even homes that are still occupied and furnished nicely benefit from having a professional home stager come in to rearrange, spruce up, and add color and pizzazz. There is no question for me - staged homes sell faster!