Everyone but everyone nowadays is advised to stage their house for sale. Even just a few short years ago, a good cleaning and touch-up with paint would do the job.  But today a house should appear as if a model home.

You have already de-cluttered, repaired and updated your house in preparation for sale.  The final step is to stage…which is difficult for most homeowners.  Due to an emotional attachment, objectivity is compromised and most people generally do not possess the skills.

Professional home stagers are trained to see things most homeowners don’t notice, and have a background understanding of what buyers are looking for.  They are skilled at transforming your very personally decorated house into a place that will appeal to a wide range of buyers.

Facts show staged homes receive more potential buyers than unstaged homes. These properties sell for more money in a hot market and faster in a slow one.  An obvious added value to gain that competitive edge, staging is a great “selling” feature for a real estate agent.  For this reason, realtors will often provide a professional stager as part of their services in selling your home or come equipped with recommendations of professional home stagers.

Ultimately, stagers set the scene so that buyers can imagine living there. They may opt to remove furniture for better traffic flow and to make your home look more spacious. Stagers often bring in accessories to add colour, cohesion and enhance the décor. In vacant homes, stagers often bring in rental furniture and create “vignettes,” like a table setting in the dining room.

An international enterprise, home staging business training companies can be found worldwide online, such as Certified Staging Professional and International Staging and Redesign Professional. Locally, you can simply Google to discover the training schools in your vicinity and links will guide you to professionally trained individuals.  Should you choose a stager from an independent source or staging business always ask for references and follow up on them. Most professional home stagers are willing to do as much or as little of your home staging as you want. They will work within your budget and help you determine what parts of your home are assets and which areas need to be minimized.