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Selling your Scarborough Bluffs or Beaches home? Consult a professional
Kathy Somers, Stage it First Home Staging (Stage it First)

 

Spring is coming and you've decided to sell. What are you going to do first?  De-Clutter and clean up the place? Maybe a fresh coat of paint? Or did you think that your first step should be to call an agent? Wrong! The first thing you need to consider before you do any of those things is to source out a Professional Home Stager.

What the heck is home staging?

You haven't heard? You're not alone. Many home sellers have not heard about the benefits of a professionally staged home. Staging is the art of decorating and merchandising your property in a way that attracts a wide variety of buyers. A Home Stager will be able to give you objective feedback on the appearance of your home before you hang out the for sale sign.

A good Home Stager is able to look at your home with the same critical eye as the buyers. A Stager is able to objectively look at your home and advise you on the changes you can make to enhance the appearance of you home.

A Home Stager can advise you on such things as:

  • Curb appeal
  • Paint selection
  • Furniture placement and traffic flow
  • De-cluttering tips and organizing
  • Correct placement of artwork and accessories
  • Creating an atmosphere that will entice buyers
  • Source trades people to help with repairs or renovations

Why should you hire a Home Stager?

Buyers will be comparing your home to all the others on the market. By staging your home you will be setting yourself apart from the rest. It's a fact that buyers make an emotional connection before deciding to buy.  Create a captivating atmosphere; help your home to stand apart from the crowd!

How do you choose a stager?

Ask questions.

  • Do they have a website determine if it looks professional
  • Did they actually staged the homes in the before and after pictures in their portfolio (Believe it or not, some stagers use stock photos)
  • Most stagers will charge on average from $200.00 and up per 2-3 hour consultation depending on the area you are in. Don't just go for the cheapest. You get what you pay for
  • Ask what you can expect at the consultation.  (Most consultations on an average size home will take anywhere from about 2-3 hours. At the end of the consultation you should have a list of things that you can do yourself as well as professional contacts for trades people if needed.)

Not all Home Stagers are created equal. ~ Do your homework!

Kathryn Somers is a specialist in staging your home for sale in the Scarborough Bluffs and Beache areas of Toronto

Contact Kathryn Somers ~ Creative Director ~ www.stageitfirst.ca ~416-261-2912

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