Kathy Streib, a Delray Beach Florida Property Stager shares this great advice for people considering marketing their home. Spend your time, your effort and your money effectively, heed her advice.
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If you're planning on selling your house you may have decided to invest in the services of a Professional Home Stager. To make the most of your time AND to get the most out of the consultation there are things you can do BEFORE the Stager comes to your house.
8 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Home Staging Consultation
#1 Start thinking of your HOME as a HOUSE. You're ready to move to your new HOME, so you need to think of your HOUSE as something that needs to be marketed. Your Stager will make recommendations that are intended to make your HOUSE appeal to as many buyers as possible. We're not there to critique your decorating style or make any judgments on how you live. We just want to help you sell your HOUSE.
#2 Remove any Distractions so the Stager has your full attention. If you have young children, either in school or at home, get a babysitter or schedule the consultation while they are in school. Our pets can be a distraction as well especially if they require your attention when strangers are in the house.
#3 Clean and Pick Up so your Stager can SEE what they have to work with. No, you don't have to start moving furniture around... but you also don't want the time you have for the consultation spent on your Stager wading through piles of laundry and toys on the floor.
#4 Don't Get Rid of Everything. I know... Stagers keep preaching about decluttering. But let us see what you have first. There may be accessories or furniture that we can use to stage your house.
#5 Do NOT paint! Eons ago we were all told to put a fresh coat of white paint on our walls. Put the Paint Brush Down! Yes, your house probably could use a fresh coat of paint but part of what Stagers do is help you pick colors that will appeal to a broad range of buyers and show your house at its very best.
#6 Put all of the Staging shows you've seen on television on the back burner for now. We know you've seen every staging program out there.... we watch them as well! We KNOW you've seen them, and, yes, we KNOW how much you now know about Staging... but you're paying us to give you our professional expertise.
#7 If you MUST have moral support during the consultation and you invite your best friend over, hand her a pen and a notepad, let her take notes, then tell her not to say a word during the consultation.
Remember... you're paying for the services of the Home Stager. Do you really want to spend that time listening to your friend's opinions?
#8 Do get a pen and a big notepad to take notes. I've seen notes taken on the back of a napkin but I wouldn't suggest this. Your Stager will be very thorough and point out detailed items for you to consider. You'll want to have all of these points in writing.Make the most out of your Home Staging Consultation!
Chris Smith CSSBB
Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage