Canadian House & Home – October 200
By: Trish Snyder
Home staging expert Debra Gould provides her tips for Hiring a Home Stager.
Excerpt from Canadian House & Home Magazine:
Staging is an unregulated field, so beware of anyone claiming to have “accreditation.” Instead, review the candidate’s portfolio. Some training programs hand out photos of staged rooms, so find out whether the photos you see are generic samples or reflect work the stager has actually completed.
According to Debra Gould of Toronto-based Six Elements, an average three-bedroom empty home can be staged for about $6,000, which will boost the selling price by $10,000 to $70,000.
Gould says a staging expert should prepare your home for your target market, transforming it into a property that will appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers. So don’t take suggestions personally.
To find a stager, ask your real estate agent or friends for referrals. Or try the Staging Diva Directory of Home Stagers.