Home staging is gaining popularity in Rochester.Â Not a day goes by that somebody comments Â their interest on the home staging business to me. Â Home staging is becoming a little more common in our area, but nothing like it is in other parts of the country.Â Â Â
As my business grew, I added a partner, Michelle Wiest.Â We both agree that textbook home staging is not effective in our area if you donâ€™t combine the staging with decorating.Â There is a definite distinction between the two.Â Re-arranging some furniture, removing clutter, and shifting items from room to room is not enough to make a strong first impression on a home buyer.Â Our inventory makes this possible without adding additional expenses to the seller.
There is no national certification, licensing, or accredited program for home staging.Â There is a major difference between somebody claiming they are certified in home staging and actually being qualified to do an outstanding job.Â I have received designations from different staging programs.Â One program required a written exam, which took me 14 hours to complete, photographs from many rooms of my work, and testimonials from clients.Â Another of my designations took me 2 hours on my home computer.Â There is no way possible that two hours on a computer would have given me enough knowledge to do a quality job for my clients.Â
There are some very successful â€œhome stagersâ€ in Rochester that have run successful businesses for quite some time.Â I have admired and learned from viewing their work on line and at home shows.Â They are both â€œcertifiedâ€ and qualified and Iâ€™m certain have wonderful portfolios.Â
The public seems to know that right questions to ask when hiring a realtor associate, but what about a home staging professional.Â Here are some questions:
1. Â Â What are your fees and what do they include?
2. Â May I see a portfolio of your work
3. Â Do you have a personal inventory to help accentuate my home?Â If yes is that included in your fee?
4. Â How many rooms have you staged?
5. Â What did your training include?
I have no doubt that home staging is effective in selling a home for a better price in a shorter time.Â Your home is probably your biggest commodity. Make sure that whoever you hire is both certified and qualified for the best results!