Not all Los Angeles home stagers are created equal
Before hiring a stager, there are some things you should know.
At this time, there is no independent national organization (like ASID
for Interior Designers) that certifies home stagers or real estate
stagers and no government oversight or licensing in most areas.
Here are some tips to help you select the right home stager for your project:
Remember - you get what you pay for.
- You are selling your most valuable asset (your home). Look for the
staging professional with the greatest competency, experience and
professionalism, rather than the cheapest price.
Hire the Los Angeles stager with the most real world experience, not the stager with the most letters behind their name.
- Experience and professionalism trumps â€œcertificationâ€, â€œeducationâ€ or â€œdesignationâ€ in the staging world.
Ask to see the stagerâ€™s portfolio, either on-line or a hard copy (book form).
- Does their portfolio display a wide range of styles or do all the
homes they stage look the same? Make sure the stager is capable of
staging in a manner that accentuates the architecture of your home and
will be attractive to the buyers in your area.
You want an experienced stager who has lots of jobs under their belt, and lots of photos of their work.
- All photos in a stagerâ€™s portfolio should be of their own work. Ask
the stager if the photos in their portfolio are of jobs they performed
themselves or as part of a class exercise.
Ask for references, including phone numbers and/or email addresses.
Ask for proof of liability insurance.
- If they are not insured, then you may be liable for any damages or
injuries that may occur as a result of the staging. All helpers and
employees of the company should be covered by Workers Comp Insurance.
Make sure you are given a clearly written contract and that you understand all aspects of the contract.
- If you donâ€™t understand something, or something you discussed is missing, ask for clarification.
Trust your gut. Do you get a good feeling from meeting the stager?
- Do they seem well organized? Do they make notes and take
photographs? Just as in any business relationship, you should expect to
be treated with professionalism, courtesy & respect.
When you hire Moving Mountains Design to stage a Los Angeles home, you get all this and more:
Michelle Minch was voted 2010 Professional Stager of the Year by the Real Estate Staging Association. This is a great honor as she was chosen for this award by professional home stagers from across the US and Canada.
In addition to staging your Los Angeles or Pasadena home to
showcase its most appealing characteristics, we will provide you or the
listing agent with professional quality photos of your home for use in
the MLS, on the internet or in print marketing. Since almost 90% of
home buyers are searching for homes on the internet before contacting a
real estate agent, this gives your home a distinct marketing edge. This
is a value added (free) service for all our vacant and occupied home
staging clients (addl. charge for consultation only clients).
We will treat our staging clients with the utmost respect,
courtesy & professionalism. Our goal is to stage your home in a
manner that exceeds your expectations, helps you sell your home fast,
and for top dollar.
Contact us today for a staging estimate (626)441-8975 or click here to contact us via email.
Moving Mountains Design, providing home staging consultations, vacant
home staging and occupied home staging services in Southern California
including Los Angeles, Los Feliz,Â Pasadena, San Marino, Arcadia, Studio City, Encino & the San Fernando Valley.