Knowing When to Hire a Home Stager

Selling

Reasons to Hire a Home Stager 

When you are thinking about selling your home there are numerous factors to take into consideration. From finding the right agent to help with the listing process, to preparing your home for open houses, it can be an overwhelming task. However, something as simple as figuring out if you should hire a professional home stager during this time can help you alleviate some of the stress associated with selling. If you are considering hiring a home stager, there are several statistics that are on your side. The average cost of hiring a home stager can be up to 1% of a home’s asking price, but can generate between 8-10% return on investment.  That is quite a bit of return when you take into account how much your home is worth. 
 
Recently, the National Association of Realtors conducted a survey that shows that home values drop between 5-6% the longer a listing stays on the market.  Hiring a home stager could help you sell your home faster and at the best value. Asking some simple questions can help you figure out if a home stager is what you need prior to selling your home.

Questions to Ask a Home Stager 

What can I tackle myself?

Knowing what you can and can’t do on your own will help you delegate and prioritize. Taking on too many tasks prior to selling your home may create more stress. But a reliable home stager will be honest with you about what projects you can complete to save money, and what tasks you should have a professional take care of.
 
What’s the listing price of homes you stage?

It is important that you work with a stager that has experience staging homes like yours. For instance, if you have a luxury property, you don’t want your home staged like a single-family home and vice versa. Finding out their area of expertise and making sure it aligns with your property is critical.
 
How many days are your homes on the market?

The length of time your home stays on the market, ultimately determines how much value you get for your home. Working with a stager that has success selling homes in 60 days or less can help you sell your home more quickly.
 
What’s your rate and how long will it take?

Usually, it takes a day or two to stage a home. Most home stagers charge a flat fee for their services. Making sure the cost of the stager is in alignment with your budget is an important factor when deciding whether or not to bring on a home stager.
 
Is your business insured?

Make sure you are protected, because there is always a chance that damage may occur as a result of staging your home. You want to make sure you are working with a stager that is able to provide peace of mind for you in the event that something doesn’t go as planned.

Selling Your Home in Orange County

As an experienced real estate agent with more than 18 years of selling homes in Orange County, I can help you decide if you need a home stager and help you find the right person for the job. The market is heating up, which means it’s a great time to consider selling! Demand for homes is growing weekly and homeowners are jumping at the opportunity to list before peak season. Take the time now to invest in your home and call me to put it on the market in Orange County. If you need help to prepare and sell your home, please call me at 949-285-3215. I have quality referrals to get the job done, and can help manage both downsizing and remodeling projects. 

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