Sunday, February 26, 2012

How and Why a Staging Consultation Can Sell Your Home or Listing

A staging consultation can help sell your home...quickly.  That is, if you listen and do what a home stager will tell you to do in order to get your home ready.  A home stager, like myself, will come in to your home and give you a "to do" list of things you need to change in order to get your home ready for sale. It's the best bang for your buck when you are selling your home.  You get the ideas you need from a trusted professional - without having to pay them for their time to actually do all the work for you.  As long as you are willing to roll up your sleeves and move furniture, paint...remove dark draperies and clutter etc - a staging consultation can be your ticket to home sales success.

Case in point...about 2 years ago I did a staging consultation for Dianne Scalza of Netter Real Estate in West Islip NY.  The home seller wanted to move to Florida as quickly as possible.  I came over and looked at the home and then wrote out a 15 page report on all the things that the homeseller needed to do to improve the look and feel of the home.

The home was dark and cluttered with furniture and lots of accessories

Well, the homeseller didn't believe a thing that I said in the report and refused to do anything about the condition of the home.  There was dark wallpaper and wallpaper borders and way too much furniture in every one of the rooms.  The price of the home was too high as well.  As much as Dianne tried to reason with them, the homesellers wanted such and such a price - in the condition that it was in!

So - the home sat, unsold for a year.  Then more time passed - with price deductions.  Still, no sale.  Finally, the homesellers started to do some of the things I suggested on the Staging Consultation Report.  They didn't remove any wallpaper, but they did do some furniture editing
and re-arranging.

The home sold after the homesellers started to work on it!  Even just doing some drapery removal, de-cluttering and furniture editing etc, the home looked more inviting and larger.  Why the homesellers resisted so such a long time, I have no idea.  Pride, probably...and some laziness.
But had they instituted these changes much earlier in the process, they would have sold the home for a higher price. 

It is so economical to have a Home Staging Consultation for your home.  Most home stagers (like myself) will do written consultation report for anywhere from $250-400, depending on the size of the home.  This will give you a blueprint to follow...a step-by-step action plan written out for you.  If you decide to have the home stager help you with any of it, most will put part of the fee toward the fee for the work.  I also do a "Walk Through" consultation, where I don't write out a report.  The homeowner takes notes as we walk through the entire home - inside and out.  I charge from $150-250 for this service (it depends on the size of the home).  Also - many stagers are also doing "E-Staging," which can be done via email.  The home seller sends pictures of the home and the stager gives their advice for $100 on up.  I am doing that right now for realtor Cherolyn Shaw of Charles Rutenberg Realty.

So think about having a Staging Consultation done for your home before you put it on the market.  It can save you time and money - and it can help you get your home sold...quickly!  Call me at 631 793-1315 if you have any questions.


bulacan homes said...

I also want some make over on my home because I want new look on my interior design and I want it looks more attractive.Keep posting!


Linda Leyble said...

Hi Vict - Thanks for posting again. You should also go to my other blog -

There I have a lot of information about re-doing the interior of your home and a host of other design-related topics.

Thanks for coming back again and posting a comment. I took a look at your property website. You have some beautiful homes for sale!


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