DECLUTTERED THOUGHTS OF A HOME STAGER by Sue Proud, ASP®, IAHSP®, GCIRC
As Forrest Gump says, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” The same holds true for finding a Home Stager in St. Charles, Illinois.
Are you randomly searching for a Home Stager and hoping you’ll find the velvety, mousse filled one instead of the gummy, jelly filled one that sticks in your teeth? (sorry, you jelly lovers out there).
We want to Welcome you to our PROUD HOME Blog and begin by giving you 5 tips to help you find a Home Stager:
- Find someone who is an accredited Home Stager.
- Find someone who can identify your best return on investment items.
- Find someone who has experience in color selection.
- Find someone who has business liability insurance.
- Find someone who can show you her/his portfolio.
How do you find an accredited Home Stager? Staging is not a licensed industry, so anyone can call themselves a Home Stager. That is why it is critical that you find a professional who has been formally trained and accredited in Home Staging, not decorating. You don’t want your property to look like a trendy magazine!
A good place to start is the ASP® Directory on StagedHomes.com. There you can enter your zip code to locate Accredited Staging Professionals® in your area.
Do you know what items you should be spending your money on to prepare your property for sale? Check out various Home Stager’s websites or interview them by phone to find out their knowledge as to which changes will result in the greatest return on your investment. Much of the time, the biggest impact on the sale of a property is knowing what to concentrate your efforts on versus large, costly improvements.
What about selecting colors? The Home Stager you choose should have experience in selecting paint colors based on their knowledge of color and undertones. Selecting colors with differing undertones can make or break the feel and flow of a house. This is true for all colors, including neutrals!
Are you protected against amateurs or part-timers? Your Home Stager should have business liability insurance to protect your property and possessions during the staging process.
Is a picture worth a thousand words? A portfolio of Before and After photos is the measure of your Home Stager’s talent. Are you impressed with the transformations and what they did to accomplish them?
So, how do you find a Home Stager in St. Charles, Illinois? Click to Contact Us. We’re your velvety, mousse filled piece of chocolate!
I am Sue Proud, Owner of PROUD HOME Staging, LLC and an Accredited Staging Professional® in St. Charles, IL. I appreciate you taking the time to read this post.
We would love to hear from you… please leave your comments and questions below or Contact Us directly about your Home Staging and Design needs.