Home Staging: What You Need to Know

by | Jan 2020

An example of home staging.

Photos: Sarah Schaffer

Home staging is the process of adding and removing furniture and décor to show a home at its highest potential.

Staging a home is the process of adding and removing furniture and decor to show a home at its highest potential. Professional staging breaks through the limitations of what you already own by bringing in furniture and accessories to define rooms and highlight spaces, giving buyers the means to spark an emotional connection with your home.

Interior Rendering

What does professional staging include?
Comparing staging estimates isn’t always apples to apples, so be sure to look closely at what’s included in your bid. Make specific note of what rooms are included in the estimate, how many days or months of rental are included, whether there are additional fees for set up and take down and what happens when the allotted rental time has been met.

What should I look for in a stager?
A professional stager should have a proven track record for the work that they do. How much inventory they have, the condition of their furniture and whether their movers are sub-contracted or on staff can dictate the quality of the finished product.

Does every home need to be staged?
Home staging should be part of the dialogue with your realtor. Operating under the principal that you want to sell your home quickly and for the most amount of money possible, services like home staging should be taken into consideration.

Sarah Schaffer is an Edina based realtor with Fox Homes.


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