Real Estate Agent with Key Realty

I have a lot of sympathy for Professional Home Stagers in my market.  We’re very conservative in Northwest Ohio.  We don’t spend a dime if we don’t have to.  I have had a tough time getting my Sellers to pay for a professional staging consultation even though initially it’s only a $100 fee.  So, I started to pay the stager myself for homes I thought were “aesthetically challenged” or any house where the Seller is open to hearing what a Stager has to say.  One of these properties was a sweet little condo in a suburban location.  I had encouraged the Seller to leave some furniture tastefully arranged.  What was left was sort of a hodge-podge and way too crowded.   

I hired the Stager to come in and helped move furniture around the living room.  She suggested a new floor and countertop for the kitchen.  (The old floor was yellowed and the countertop dated.)  We were considering a $5,000 price reduction.  Instead my Seller invested $3,000 in countertops and floor.  The next weekend we hosted an Open House and you guessed it!  The week after the Open House, a Buyer stepped forward and wrote us an offer – which was almost immediately accepted! 

So, for a small investment a Professional Home Stager can make a huge difference in receiving an offer or receiving an offer MORE than what was anticipated.


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  Jo E. LymaN  Jo E. Lyman, CRS, CNE, SRES, e-Pro

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Comments (2)

Sharon Lord
Maracay Homes - Peoria, AZ
New Home Advisor

Jo - Preach ON!  Staging makes all the difference in the world!  You'd think with all the HGTV shows, sellers would be more open to hiring a home stager to sell their home faster and for a higher value - glad to hear yours worked out!

Oct 06, 2011 10:07 AM
Barbara Hensley
RE/MAX Properties - Rockwall, TX
Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas

Jo - amazing how spending a little can net the sell a lot as well as a speedy offer and closing!  Staging is one of the most important tools.

Oct 06, 2011 10:17 AM