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Is Home Staging Really Worth the Time and Money?

filed under: Informational posted on August 20th, 2008

If you believed everything you saw on TV today, any real estate seller (or buyer) in West Chester, Fairfield or Cincinnati  could whip any house into shape with a little sweat and a few dollars.

Unfortunately-nothing could be further from the truth.

Home Staging” (getting the house in picture perfect shape prior to selling) has boomed with the slowing real estate market.  If you’re hooked on HGTV’s Designed to Sell or Buy Me  and A&E’s Sell This House and think you can handle everything on your own- go for it.

If you are the average homeowner (like me) chances are you will need some professional assistance to stage your property.

Unfortunately, not all “home stagers” use the same tool box when working on your house.  Some stagers are realtors, who have taken classes and have a knack for staging , others are professional stagers who charge by the hour and/or job using your furniture and the third group of stagers takes it the next level- by supplying everything needed to stage the property. Today I am going to talk a little bit about the third group-the full service “home stagers” armed with an inventory full of furniture, draperies, bedspreads, pictures and anything else that might be needed to spruce up your place.

The tell tale sign of the “full service” real estate stager is, following the initial consultation, a truck with furniture and “helpers” appear on your driveway.

Full service stagers can utilize your “things” or completely redo the property.  Sometimes all it takes is some rearranging, decluttering or spiffing up.  However, in a lot of cases -since most of us (me too) are not Martha Stewart- it takes a lot of time, effort and extra “stuff” to prepare a property for the market.

I had the opportunity to follow Added Touches Inc  (full service home stagers) on a job and the transformation was impressive….probably even more impressive since neither the realtor nor the home owner had to do anything.  After meeting with the owners and realtor, Barb Combs and Chanda Humphries (owners of Added Touches Inc) went to work.

Most sellers wait until the property has been on the market before hiring a “stager” -losing time and money because they listed the property before it was ready.

There are a lot of great staging professionals to chose from- check references and make sure they can provide everything you need to transform your property.

Still not sure about staging or if  you are ready to put your house on the market?  Call or email for assistance.

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    I did the same mistake two years back and ended in huge loss when i sold my house. I recommend for house staging before you plan to sell your house.

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