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Joyce Zangme…, Real Estate Pro in ,

Has anyone had great results in staging a house in a slow market or is it better to advise the seller to

Asked by Joyce Zangmeister, , Wed Jul 2, 2008

reduce their price? How do the stager charge for their services?

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Joyce, we've had better success with staged houses. Our stager (for $200.) will visit the property and compile a list of suggestions for the seller. At that point, the seller can spend more to get staged furnishings, etc., or simply do some of the suggested items themselves (such as paint colors, etc). What I really appreciate about a staging consult is that it removes the design/decorating from us to a professional, and gives the seller a truly objective view of what needs to be done. We pay for the consult, but anything beyond that falls to the seller. Most don't get into the expensive aspect, but it's available for those that choose to go the full gamut.
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In the current market, it is critical that a house show its best. With alot of inventory to choose from, buyers want a house that is updated and move in ready. Staging can help the house appeal to the most potential buyers. Most stagers provide consultations (detailed recommendations in order for seller to complete the work) at a set fee. $200-$300 is fairly standard in my area for this service. Costs associated with staging a vacant property will include furniture rental, accessory rental and the staging fee. In this case, costs will vary depending on the number of rooms to be staged, size of home, etc. Most stagers will provide a complimentary proposal after viewing the property. In addition, stagers will provide staging services for occupied properties. This often includes decluttering, depersonalizing and furniture rearrangement . Again, the costs will vary depending on the amount of work (and time) required to complete the job.
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Hello, to get all the potential buyers you can in your home you should definitedly stage the outside to give it some curb appeal so when people pull up they want to come in. Secondly, once they get in you should wow them, stage the home so they feel they can live there. Not all people want to do work or just need it to be in move in condition and most people don't have the ability to vision the home staged or with their things in it.
With that said staging is always a great thing to do, when people come out of their homes to come to your open house they expect the seller to have a very clean and decorated home. Remember that to stage you can find very inexpensive items so don't over do it, keep colors neutral, simple items like simple artwork on the walls, vases with flowers in the middle of the tables, make sure floors are done whether carpet or wood, towels and new shower curtains and accessories for the bath. Outside make sure you have a nice main door, house numbers are visible, your lawn is done, the garbage is in the cans and closed, some flowers and do any other touch ups.

I get very excited about answering these questions, sometimes I go on and on.
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Always stage a home worth every moment spent. Good luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 2, 2008
Buyers want value. Doesn't matter what you do, if they do not perceive value, the property will not be shown. A will-priced property, staged correctly, will get the seller the highest price possible.
Professional stager are a help if that is not your area of expertise.
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Keith Sorem, Real Estate Pro in Glendale, CA

For me, I do it myself. Nothing too fancy. Cost = FREE. Some professional help is needed with some homes. If the property is neat, clean and the price within the FMV, then this is one step I avoid.

Our job is to get the highest and best value for the client. Try going it alone first if the seller is not in too much of a hurry. And if they are, remind of the current market conditions.

Good luck!

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