What to Expect During your Home Staging Consultation
In my prior blog, My Real Estate Agent Said I Need a Home Stager – Now What?, I provided information on how to find and make a selection for a home stager to assist you with your house for sale. At this point let’s assume that either you or your listing agent has scheduled your appointment. Let’s talk about what to expect during your home staging consultation.
A professional home stager will be certified, licensed and insured. Our business models vary so I’m going to describe the process that Foxy Interiors follows for owner-occupied dwellings. Foxy Interiors has two offerings: A Walk and Talk Consultation or a Home Staging Consultation with a written report.
First things first, we’ll call to confirm our appointment. Upon arrival we’ll go through friendly introductions. I like to sit down with the homeowners and explain how home staging benefits them with a quick sale and reduction in month-to-month carrying costs. I explain that home staging is marketing a product to sell. We get started by having a signed release from the homeowner as we take photos for incorporation into either a written Staging Plan or for inclusion into our portfolio. The Plan includes both the home’s interior and exterior. We identify ways for making your house desirable and move-in ready for potential buyers.
Once we have completed our walk through, we’ll verbally review our findings with the homeowner before leaving from our first visit. We’ll also ask if they prefer to be DIYers (do it yourself) or if they need our list of recommended trades workers.
If a Home Staging Report has been requested, we’ll provide this within 1 business day in digital format. This report contains photos, recommendations for items needing attention, specific paint colors, best furniture layout for each room, best items to be left out for “staging” the room to create focal points, along with suggestions for items to be purchased. This may include bedding or towels which will, of course, go to your new location once your house is sold.
To help you with your move and to get a better understanding of home staging, we’ll provide The Consumer’s Guide to Real Estate Staging which contains tips for living in a staged home while on the market as well as checklists for things to accomplish each week as you near your move date.
Did you know that 92% of buyers begin their home search on the internet? It is of utmost importance that your house present well through beautiful photographs. To ensure that your house goes on the buyer’s “must see” list, Foxy Interiors – for a small fee – will return if requested for a pre-photo shoot styling. Once completed, your home will be photographed and the images will be presented to you. Here’s the link to our Listing Photography web site.
With our business model, Foxy Interiors is perfectly paired in that we help your home get ready for market in two ways: home staging and real estate photography. A professional home stager will help you get your home sold quickly and for top dollar. The price is minimal and a home staging consultation costs less than your first price reduction. By reducing your number of days on market, your minimal investment is saving you hundreds in month-to-month carrying costs. Also, check with your realtor to find out if home staging is part of their marketing plan.
I hope this blog has helped you gain an understanding of what transpires during a home staging consultation. Here are some other articles which will help you prepare your home for market.