We get a lot of questions about staging and how we work. See below for some of our most common questions and responses, but please feel free to always call and ask more. We would love to hear from you! 425.274.6495 -Denise
1. Why hire a home stager?
We have a biased opinion on this one, so let's show some facts to do the talking for us: A 2015 study by the National Association of Realtors confirmed that more than 81 percent of home buyers find it easier to visualize the property as their future home when it’s staged. Also, according to a 2016 report by the Real Estate Staging Association, pre-listed staged homes spend 90 percent less time on the market than their non-staged competition.
2. What sets you apart from other stagers?
While there are many amazing stagers out there, we believe our design philosophy and true understanding of real estate and decor, sets us apart. We walk into every home with the mind of a buyer, and stage accordingly. We highlight the best part of the home and show how to cope with the not-so-great parts. We are super flexible and try our best to work with everyone's budget and time frame.
3. When is the best time to hire a home stager?
The best time to give us a call is before you list your property. First impressions are everything in real estate, and while you can call us once your property is listed, you risk the chance of losing potential buyers that won't come back after you've staged.
Also, if you're a homeowner and have not found your agent yet, we work with a variety of agents who will cover the cost of home staging for you!
4. How much does home staging cost?
This really depends on the size, location, levels and style of your home. We have staged everything from one-bedroom condos to eight-bedroom homes. There is no job too big or too small for staging. However, pricing does vary the more items we need to bring in and out of the property. For the most part we like to stage the following: Living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom and all of the bathrooms. We hate to be vague, but it's best to give us a call, let us see the property and give you a quote on what we think would work best.
5. Does your pricing include rentals of the furniture?
Yes, all of our prices include the upfront staging costs plus one month of furniture rental. Majority of our properties sell within two months. For those few properties that take a little longer, we can negotiate a longer rental upfront or charge a month-to-month fee after the first months expire.
6. How quickly can you stage a home?
We are able to complete most homes in one day. We usually like to start in the morning and be done by the afternoon.
7. What shape does the home need to be in to be staged?
We are the step right before photography. So, all renovation, cleaning and moving needs to be done prior to us coming in and staging. That said, we have worked in less than ideal conditions due to necessity.
8. Do you use your inventory to stage homes that are occupied?
No. But, we can work with the home owners to re-arrange what they already have in their home and help them purchase any additional items they might need to make the home look enticing to buyers. Again, this should be done before the home is listed.
9. We just bought a new home. Will you help us purchase furniture?
Of course! We are constantly purchasing new inventory for ourselves and are closely connected with the furniture and design retailers. We would be happy to help make your home the home of your dreams!