IOWA IS THE NEW SWITZERLAND

Which Home Staging company in Richmond is right for you? Why should you use anyone? Johnathan decided to get a "neutral" opinion in the above video from Jenna Burt, of Keller Williams Top Tier Home Team located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We do not stage her homes…yet…as two top social media influencers Johnathan & Jenna Know what it takes to sell a home. You need the right home staging company to help you sell fast and for top dollar. Hopefully, you will choose Jsquared, but if not, we still want to make sure you have the right company to help you get ready for the market. To assist you further, Realtor.Com suggests ten questions (below) to ask to help you determine the best home stager for the job.

Ask these questions below to make sure you get the right company and inventory for you. Home Staging is an art, and your home deserves to have a qualified professional. "The best home-staging wisdom that we can give you is that potential buyers need to see themselves in your home. That's why real estate agents tell you to clear out any personal pictures you have on the walls. You don't want buyers to think of it as your house, because it'll make it harder for them to picture themselves living there. For that same reason, try your best not to be home when potential buyers tour your house. If buyers see you, they'll remember that they're guests.

 

 1. What training have you received?

Like Interior Design, an educated Home Stager is a must. To make the most money in the sale of your home, you will want to means hire a staging company that has had training. It is a science, and you want to make sure the training is accredited and that a practitioner is accountable for specific standards. 

 2. How many average days were your staged homes on the market last year?

Finding an experienced stager is essential but finding a successful one is paramount. Try to find a stager whose homes sell within 30 days, since that's usually the point at which listing agents advise clients to make a price reduction. It's about "net-profit" the client receives. Cuts do not hurt agents as much as the seller, and that's important. Our statistics are here.

 

3. What's the typical price range of the homes you stage?

At Jsquared, we stage at all price points, Starter-Midrange-Luxury, and New Construction. You want someone who specializes in staging homes that are similar to yours. For example, you wouldn't want to hire a stager who ONLY specializes in starter homes if you're selling a luxury home. Need a Quote?

 

4. How do you stay on top of interior design trends?

The stager you hire should be able to explain how he or she keeps up with the furnishings and decor trends that attract buyers. Do they attend conferences? Do they actively preview new listings? Do they network regularly with other stagers and decorators to learn about the latest and the most significant design trends?

 

5. Can I see photos from your three most recently staged homes?

Asking a stager to see their portfolio might not yield an accurate representation of their work, as they likely will only show you their best work. Looking at stagers' most recently designed homes will give you a better idea of the quality of their work. Look at Facebook and other social media outlets to see all work, not just a website.

 

 6. What are your rates?

Most stagers charge a monthly fee, but some charge a flat fee per room to set up and then an M.T.M. Obtain quotes so that you can budget appropriately. If you're tight on cash, consider only staging a few places, especially the living room, kitchen and master bedroom—which make the most significant impression on home buyers, according to a recent National Association of Realtors survey.

Be aware that staging costs can vary depending on where you live. If your home is vacant, and you want the entire house staged, prices can range from as little as $975 a month to $5,500 a month.

 7. How much time will it take you to stage my home?

Availability may end up being a determining factor in who you hire. We, on average, can stage in 24hrs to 3 days. 

 8. Is the Home Staging Company in Richmond covered by proper insurance?

An Agent has a Fiduciary duty to each client. The Home Staging Company the Agent recommends should be appropriately insured. Fiduciary responsibility is a legal requirement of loyalty and care that applies to any person or organization that has a fiduciary relationship with another person or organization A.K.A. you, the client. 

 9. What can I tackle myself?

A reliable stager will be honest with you about what projects you can do yourself to save money. For example, if only one room needs a fresh coat of paint, that's something you can take on. Once hired, a qualified stager will also offer tips on small things that you can purchase to make your home more inviting, such as candles and fluffy towels for the bathrooms. If you need an occupied consultation click here.

 10. What style would you recommend for my home?

This is a bit of a trick question, but it's worth asking. You don't want to hire someone who has an overly narrow design aesthetic because you're trying to cast the widest net possible. It's about Mass Appeal. 

Johnathan Miller