Hiring a Home Stager: Top 3 Mistakes Sellers Make

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Hiring a home stager can be one of the best decisions you make when you are trying to sell your home. Home staging often makes your home sell quicker and for far more than you ever thought possible. There are several benefits to home staging, but before you run out and hire the first home stager you find, it is important to consider the following mistakes that sellers make when hiring a home stager.

Mistake #1

You get what you pay for! When you start looking for a home stager you will find that each home stager has their own set of rates. These rates often depend on the location, skills and experience of the home stager. It is tempting to take the lowest bidder, but in this business, paying less means getting less. A highly skilled and competent home stager will charge a rate that reflects her experience and skills. Don’t focus on the few extra hundred dollars you may spend on a top notch home stager- you will get it back and then some on the sale of your beautifully staged home.


Mistake #2

Going in blind! You wouldn’t buy a home without looking at it and you should never hire a home stager without looking at their website and portfolio. Each stager has their own unique style and you need to find a stager who will work with what you have. Before and after photos are good places to start when looking through any stager’s web site or portfolio. Do you like the transformations? Are they in keeping with what you can live with while your home is on the market? Most home stagers have a good selection of pictures for you to look at and also some explanation of the process they went through to stage the home. Other information such as rates, testimonials, and contact information can also be found on the site.

Mistake #3

Not checking references! If you were hiring a person to work for you or your business you would definitely ask for references. Hiring a home stager is no different. Contact the stager and ask for a list of references. Any quality stager will be more than happy to provide you with that information. Once you have this list, call the previous clients and speak with them about their home staging experience. Hiring a home stager can be a very valuable experience, but it is important to make sure you do your homework and find a stager that fits both your needs and your budget.


 P rep This House is a fully insured licensed business serving Kelowna and the surrounding areas.  We will work within your budget and time line to help you achieve your goal.  We are competitive in pricing and committed to a job well done.  Call or e-mail today for an appointment or for more information and check out our gallery of ‘before’ and ‘after’ images


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