You ask a very critical question that I fear often times is overlooked. Both staging and photos are very critical to the success of getting showings into a home. While I would never claim to be a professional stager, I can certainly claim a level of professional photography. When I am working with a client that needs staging, I will almost always refer that task out to a professional that knows how to do it right. Most agents, who have been in the business for a time, will at least know of someone who does this type of service.
As for photography, I have been asked by many agents to take photographs and design fliers for their listings. As with most agents you will find their true value is far beyond just being able to stage a home and take photos. Take into account their knowledge, their network with other agents, timeliness, accuracy, and response. In our industry, I believe agents usually lack the greatest in communication. If someone doesnâ€™t respond in the first day they are likely going to be the same way through the entire process.
When you get to a point of really wanting an agent, contact those you are comfortable with and interview them. When interviewing, how timely are they, do they do what they say? Are they prepared when they come? Do they place a price before they know the house?
Weather you call on me or some other agent, make sure you are comfortable with them. You will likely work with this agent for a minimum of 3 months. There is so much to take into account when doing your search; I hope this has helped in some way.