Home staging has become an essential part of the real estate process, as it can help to sell a property more quickly and for a higher price. Real estate agents are at the forefront of the home selling process and are often the ones who recommend staging to their clients, but many times, have questions about the process. Here are five common questions that real estate agents always ask about home staging.
How much does home staging cost, and is it worth the investment?
This is the number one question we get! The cost of home staging can vary depending on a number of factors, including the size of the property, the scope of the project, and the location of the property. Generally, the cost can range from a few hundred dollars (a home staging consultation) to several thousand dollars (owner-occupied and vacant staging).
Real estate agents often wonder if home staging is worth the investment, especially if the seller is on a tight budget. The answer is yes – studies have shown that staged homes sell faster and for more money than unstaged homes. In fact, a survey by the National Association of Realtors found that 83% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to visualize the property as their future home.
How do I know which rooms to prioritize when it comes to staging?
Not all rooms in a property are created equal, and real estate agents often wonder which ones they should prioritize when it comes to staging. Generally, it’s a good idea to focus on the main living areas, such as the living room, dining room, and kitchen, as well as the master bedroom and bathroom.
However, it’s important to consider the unique features of each property and decide which rooms would benefit most from staging. For example, if a property has a beautiful outdoor space, it may be worth investing in some outdoor furniture and decor to showcase it. Our team will help determine which areas of the property should be staged to appeal to buyers.
How can I find a reputable home staging professional in my area?
In order to find a reputable home staging professional in the Chicagoland area there are a few things to ask for:
- Check out their portfolio: Look for home staging professionals who have a strong portfolio of work that showcases their expertise and experience. Check their website or social media pages to see examples of their past projects. You can see our latest projects here.
- Ask for credentials: Look for home staging professionals who have formal training or certification in home staging. This can include certifications from organizations such as the Real Estate Staging Association (RESA) or the International Association of Home Staging Professionals (IAHSP).
- Obtain Client Testimonials and References.
- Seek Proof of Insurance.
What should I do if a seller is resistant to staging their home?
Our team at Chicagoland Home Staging can work with you and your client to educate them on the benefits of home staging and how it can help their property sell faster and for a higher price. We also recommend showing them transformation photos of staged homes to help them visualize the difference it can make. Starting with a home staging consultation allows them to get custom ideas on what it would take to prepare their property for sale. We often work with agents who will pay for the staging upfront and be repaid at closing by their client.
For more information contact Chicagoland Home Staging to get a customized home staging consultation that will provide all the details needed to get a property prepared for sale quickly.