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Staging Diva Graduate Nicole Hurst of Cole House Design, ignited quite a discussion about stagers providing guarantees of a house sale when they stage a home for a client. Reading the comments, I was shocked to see that some home stagers actually provide this! Great for them if they're comfortable with it and if it's working for their business, but I question the business rationale for this.
In an uncertain world, I understand the desire to obtain a guarantee if you're a client about to part with your hard earned cash. And, I understand the home stager's impulse to want to provide one if they think it will attract more business. But this is a very risky business practice!
I'm against home stagers providing any guarantee of a real estate sale because of their staging, because there are so many factors that a home stager has zero control over.
No matter how brilliantly we may stage a home, here are but a few of the other factors that will influence whether the home sells or not.
For example, whether the:
house is being listed in the right season (homes are harder to sell over Christmas and Spring Break for example)
house is priced correctly for it's location, size and prevailing market conditions
house has the features buyers are looking for in that market (example- hard to sell a one bedroom home in a family neighborhood)
agent does an effective job in marketing the property (example- lots of interior shots on MLS, effective feature sheets etc.)
home seller maintains the home in the same showing-ready condition the stager created 100% of the time (impossible to monitor)
home seller makes it easy to show by not requiring lengthy notice, preventing showings during certain times, etc.
home seller ensures the home is sparkling clean and free of odors and pets during all showings
agent and home seller effectively handle any offers they receive (negotiations break down for lots of reasons)
home seller accepts an offer (many factors go into this besides getting the price they asked for)
home passes inspections (stager has no knowledge of hidden defects, nor should they)
buyer gets financing and the deal closes ('nuff said!)
natural disaster, political, economic or other news event interferes with the real estate market during the time the house is listed
Do home stagers ensure that a home shows better when it's staged? Absolutely if they know what they're doing!
Should they provide any guarantee that the home will sell because they staged it, absolutely not!
Debra Gould, The Staging Diva® President, Six Elements Inc. Home Staging
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.