How to Choose a Successful, Seasoned and Reputable Home Stager

Reblogger Cheryl Ritchie
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Leading Edge 71785

Here is a great list of tips to hand a Seller so that a good selection can be made for a Stager in Southern Maryland. A few looks at some of Kristine Ginsberg's before and after portfolio photos are all you need to see to understand the value of having a Professional Stager get this part done before the home goes on the market. Preparation equals SOLD sign.

Original content by Kristine Ginsberg


How to Choose a Successful, Seasoned and Reputable Home Stager

Just like any profession there are steps to follow when choosing a top-quality, ethical home stager with a proven track record.

Follow these steps BEFORE you hire a home stager:

The first thing you want to see is their portfolio of work. Make sure they have before and after photos, preferably at the same angle, but at least so you can see it’s the same room. If they don’t have before photos, it’s a big red flag and suggests it’ may not be their work. Any reputable home stager will have a good body of work showing before and after photos.

Ask for a list of references and not just from prior clients, but also realtors. A good home stager always has references from clients and Realtors they’ve worked with and will happily supply you with them.

If you’re doing an Internet search for a home stager they should have an online portfolio/gallery along with testimonials on their website. If they don’t, move on.

Make sure they give you all the prices up front so there are no surprises. Do they take their own MLS photos? Is that included in their staging services? If not ask how much additional money it will cost. Generally is should be included.  

Always inquire about a timeline. If the job isn’t done in the timeframe specified, will the stager be charging you more or completing the work as promised at no additional cost? Again, always be on the lookout for hidden costs not agreed upon.

If you’re renting accessories: art, pillows, silk plants, centerpieces, bed linens, ect,  you should know up front how much this will cost. If they can’t give you an exact price because it depends on the length of time you’ll be renting their inventory, ask how they determine their pricing so you’ll have an idea of what you’re being charged be it daily/monthly or whatever system they use as it does vary.   

Successful and seasoned stagers will happily adhere to this list and it will weed out the bad ones. Like any profession there are really bad and/or unethical stagers out there.

Using this list will help lead you to a talented, respected and top-notch home stager! 

Click here to see this Morris County Stager's Portfolio.  Elite Staging and Redesign – Staged to Sell, Designed to Live!

Home Staging Morris County - Staged to Sell, Designed to Live!

Elite Staging and Redesign (201)602-2562

You have 90 seconds to make a great first impression once your home goes on the market. Consult a Morris County professional home stager serving Union, Essex, Sussex Counties for that competitive edge so your home stands out from the competition, selling faster and for top dollar!  


Elite Staging and Redesign offers home staging services to North Jersey homeowners, real estate agents, banks, builders, and investors in preparing homes to stand out in today’s real estate market. For a consultation on vacant staging, lived in homes or interior redesign projects call Elite Staging and Redesign.

We will use proven home staging techniques to create warm, inviting, updated spaces that will appeal to the masses. In today's competitive market, every home can use an edge. For a free home staging proposal, call us today at 201-602-2562.  

Home Staging Website: Elite Staging and Redesign

Morris County Staging Before/After pictures: Portfolio





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