Everyone loves a great deal. And while it’s thrilling to find a true bargain, those gems don’t come around as often as we would like to think. Most of the time, when we think we’re getting a great deal it’s actually the exact opposite. Paying less for home staging is one of those cases.
There are many “value” staging companies out there that will reel you in with low prices only to fill your home with the wrong furniture or worse… Not only do these companies fail to create the kind of space that will instantly connect with buyers, but they can also deter buyers from placing an offer on your home, leaving your house to sit on the market for months or years. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the five questions you must ask your “value” staging company before you sign a contract.
1. Do You Use Airbeds?
This is the first question you should ask your staging company because it is a common tactic stagers use to lower their own costs. While airbeds may look ok at first, your buyers will not be impressed when they take a seat to look around the room. The other drawback of using airbeds? They deflate!
Home staging helps sell homes faster and for more money by creating an image of what life would be like inside the home. A deflated airbed is the last thing you want your buyers envisioning. It shatters the illusion that staging creates and leaves a bad impression on potential buyers. Instead, choose a home staging company that uses real mattresses and lots of comfy bedding. Ideally, buyers will want to jump onto the bed—and the bed shouldn’t pop if they do!
2. Are You Credentialed?
The next question you should ask your “value” staging company is whether or not they are credentialed home stagers. Staging is not the same as interior design; it requires an understanding of real estate sales, the housing market, and current buyer trends. Investing in a home staging professional means investing in their knowledge and experience. The best home stagers are not cheap, but your investment in them pays off in a faster sale at a higher price.
You can usually tell a trained, credentialed home stager apart from someone who just “has good taste” by their choices of color, style, and scale in a staging design. Knowledgeable home staging professionals know which colors and styles appeal to most buyers. They also have a firm understanding of scale and can choose the appropriate furniture for the specific size and layout of your home.
Credentials from a nationally or internationally recognized training program, such as the Accredited Staging Professional® (ASP®) Course, are a great indicator of your staging company’s industry knowledge. Membership to the International Association of Home Staging Professionals® (IAHSP®) is an added bonus. We’re proud to say that the founder and CEO of MHM Professional Staging, Megan Morris, has both! View her profile on StagedHomes.com to learn more.
3. Do You Use Real Furniture or Cardboard?
This is no April Fool’s joke. Some staging companies will actually use cardboard furniture just to save money! That’s why this is one of the top questions you should ask a “value” staging company. A home is a significant investment and for most people, it’s their largest asset. When someone decides to buy a home, they want to know that their investment is worthwhile.
Cardboard furniture doesn’t give buyers the sense of security they’re looking for. On the contrary, it raises red flags about other areas where the homeowners may have opted for the “cheap” version rather than paying more for quality products or services. Avoid this misperception by choosing a staging company that uses real, high-quality furniture. It will establish the value of your home in buyers’ minds and set you up to receive higher offers in less time.
4. Are Headboards Included?
Cutting corners comes in all shapes and sizes. Some “value” staging companies will quote you a lower price because they don’t include headboards. Even if you opt to sleep without a headboard on your bed, you should definitely include a headboard in your home staging design. Headboards go a long way towards creating the perfect vignette in any bedroom. They make the room feel finished. The right headboard can also add a lot of visual interest and style to a room. Before you hire a “value” staging company, make sure to ask the question: “Are headboards included?”
5. How Long Have You Been Staging?
This last question for your “value” staging company is one of the most important and telling questions you can ask. Any staging professional who has been in the industry for more than 10 years is worth their weight in gold. These tenured professionals stay in business by forming strong relationships with real estate professionals, builders, and homeowners. They receive frequent, raving testimonials from their clients, and they are able to put their years of experience to work for your home.
Choose MHM Professional Staging
MHM Professional Staging is the highest-quality staging company in the Orlando market. Our founder and CEO, Megan Morris, is an acclaimed home staging professional with a background in real estate, fine art, and interior design. We have been honored to receive multiple awards every year from the Greater Orlando Builders Association (GOBA) and consistently positive feedback from our clients. If you’re looking for the best way to market your home while maximizing your sale price, then contact us for an on-site quote today. We’re not a “value” staging company because we know what it takes to sell a home. An investment in your home staging today will increase the value of your home and help you sell it faster tomorrow.