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Questions you should ask to a potential home stager

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Home Stager

Home owners should always interview a few potential professionals when deciding which consultant to help them sell their home. Here are a few questions to ask.

May I see your portfolio?

A good professional stager has a portfolio readily available of their own work to show you. Ask about specific challenges they faced staging certain rooms in the portfolio. Pictures can be copied and falsely attributed.

How will your presentation plan suit my needs?

More specifically, what market segment will you be targeting to sell my home to? Can you show me a similar example from your portfolio?

What is your average list-to-sell ratio?

A competent home stager will keep track of how long it takes for properties they've staged to sell and be able to compare it to the local average.

Can you provide private and/or professional references?

Ask if you can call the references or whether any of the references are related.

Can you help me find other professional services?

Most professional stagers can provide a written list of vendors they use as business partners, such as movers, handymen, cleaners, etc. Ask why they prefer the vendors on their list and whether they receive any compensation or preferred pricing for their affiliations.

Is it possible to review any documents I may need to sign in advance?

A professional will have forms available for you to review that details information like liability, permissions, payment schedules, subcontracts, cancellations, and privacy policy.

What sort of guarantee do you offer?

Is there any guarantee that the home will sell? What are the limits or restrictions that may apply?

How much do you charge?

Is there a consultation, or hourly fee? Is there a fixed price for larger full staging projects? Can they work within your budget?

What is the average time of a staging project from consultation to staging?

Specifically, can they work within your target time frame? How much access do they require?

Are you insured?

Home stagers may be moving your belongings around. They should ask you in advance to remove or pre-pack any valuables. Find out what type of insurance coverage their business has and what their liability limit is. Although professionals make every effort to be careful and respectful, accidents do happen.



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129 Panatella Green NW

Calgary, Alberta

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