There are 2438 Home Stagers who are members of Activerain. Tv shows, newspaper articles, and real estate websites all contribute to the increasing demand for home staging. Home owners range from those who want to do it all themselves to ones that hire a stager, complete with furniture and accessories. And then there is everything in between.
Most home owners hire Realtors to sell their home and with that comes lawyers and home inspectors. Why not home stagers? In a few markets, it is becoming the norm. Realtors have stagers that they have a great working relationship with and if you ask them, they will agree that having a home properly staged will definatley help the home sell quicker and for more money.
Some Home Staging options for Realtors:
Consultation: A consultation is when the stager comes in and makes suggestions to the home owner about what needs to be done prior to listing. Usually lasts about an hour and the home owner is given "homework" to complete, either prior to listing or prior to staging. It lets the Realtor off the hook and they don't have to be the "bad guy" when it comes to telling the home owner what needs to be done to get the home ready. Ranges from free up to $125. Some Home stagers will take the cost of the consultation off the day of staging.
Whole day staging: Some Realtors pay for a day of staging because they know that the property will be ready in time and be done properly. Stager comes in after all homework has been completed and spends the day re-arranging furniture, art and accessories to make the home more appealing to prospective buyers. It will be less stress for them knowing the house is ready for the open. Sometimes the Realtor will pay for this up front and when the property sells, add it to their commision. Typically a day of staging ranges from $750-$1000 per day, depending on the market.
1/2 day staging: A Realtor can offer to pay for a half day of staging and the home owner can pay the balance. This will split the costs between the two parties and makes it very affordable.
Empty properties: We all know that empty properties don't show as well as ones with furniture. It is hard for most people to visualize the space when they can't see how big the sofa looks in the room. Plus, it is hard to create a mood without any funriture or accessories and we all know people buy based on emotion.Home stages will be able to provide furniture and accessories on a rental basis to make that property shine. Depending on the market but in large markets, a 1000 sq foot condo can be completely staged with all furniture and accessories, moving costs, sourcing and staging for around $3000.
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