- First come to terms with the fact that your home is no longer your home. This is a big one.
- Always ask to see pictures of previous projects the stager has done.
- Always ask for references. Call the references.
- Always ask to see pictures of the furniture the stager plans to use in your home.
- You may not like the furniture/art that the stager uses. Decide whether that's a big deal to you.
- If you want to be involved in the staging (we did as we are still living in our place) make sure you communicate that with the stager.
- Only allow the stager to do their thing without you if you trust them implicitly.
- Make sure the contact person you have had with the staging company is present on the day of the staging. If you don't, a team you have never met may show up and start handling all of your things. This may not bother you. It bothered us.
- Communicate with the stager if you have had any recent work done so they don't damage anything that you may have to re-repair or repaint. Ask that if they make any holes in the walls that they repair and repaint them.
- Your home is a super personal thing. If things don't go as planned, try not to get super emotional.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Home Improvement - Lessons Learned
As I've mentioned before, Nick and I are getting our place ready to sell. We need more space. We're trying to be as proactive as possible. So we've hired a real estate agent who suggested staging our condo to make it look amazing. We hired the stager that she recommended and the work was done yesterday. Nick and I were both underwhelmed with the staging and a bit frustrated with the staging company in general. Here are a few things we've learned: