Just like any profession there are steps to follow when choosing a top-quality, ethical home stager with a proven track record. Follow these steps BEFORE you hire a Morris County New Jersey home stager:
See Their Portfolio of Work
The first thing you want to see is their portfolio of work. Make sure they have before and after photos, preferably from the same angle, but at least so you can see it’s the same room. If they don’t have before photos, it’s a big red flag and suggests it may not be their work. Any reputable Morris County New Jersey home stager will have a good body of work showing before and after photos.
Ask for References
Ask for a list of references and not just from prior clients, but also Realtors®. A good home stager always has references from clients and Realtors they’ve worked with and will happily supply you with them.
Online Portfolio and Testimonials
If you’re doing an Internet search for a home stager they should have an online portfolio/gallery along with testimonials on their website. If they don’t, move on. Many staging companies use stock photos tryng to pass them off as their own work. Moreover, their brochurs, blogs and all print material should be their work and always ask to see their “before” photos.
Get all Prices Upfront
Make sure they give you all prices up front so there are no surprises. Do they take their own MLS photos? Is that included in their staging services? If not ask how much additional money it will cost. Generally MLS photos are included. There’s a reason companies don’t put their prices on their website and it’s usually because they’ve got hidden costs or aren’t competitive. Any reputable home staging company who belives in their work and the value they bring will list their prices.
Always inquire About a Timeline
If the job isn’t done in the specified timeframe, will the stager be charging you more or completing the work as promised at no additional cost? Again, always be on the lookout for hidden costs not agreed upon.
If You’re Renting Accessories: Know How Much It will Cost
Items such as art, pillows, silk plants, lighting, throws, centerpieces, bed linens, ect, you should know up front how much this will cost. If they can’t give you an exact price because it depends on the length of time you’ll be renting their inventory, ask how they determine their pricing so you’ll have an idea of what you’re being charged be it daily/monthly or whatever system they use as it does vary.
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A successful and seasoned Morris County New Jersey home stager will happily adhere to this list and it will weed out the bad ones. Like any profession there are really bad and/or unethical stagers out there. Using this list will help lead you to a talented, respected and top-notch home stager!
Morris County NJ Home Staging – Staged to Sell, Designed to Live!
You have 90 seconds to make a great first impression once your home goes on the market. Consult a Morris County professional home stager serving Union, Essex, Sussex Counties for that competitive edge so your home stands out from the competition, selling faster and for top dollar! Elite Staging and Redesign offers home staging services to North Jersey homeowners, real estate agents, banks, builders, and investors in preparing homes to stand out in today’s real estate market.
For a consultation on vacant staging, lived in homes or interior redesign projects call Elite Staging and Redesign at 201.602.2562.