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Services, costs and hiring best practices - proven tips for getting great Home Staging Service

January 2014

When hiring and working with a Stager, every homeowner needs to know: What services does a Stager commonly provide? What is the best way to find good prospects? What should I look for when I interview the Stager? And most importantly, how do I make sure that the Home Staging Service is done right?

Use the following information to understand your options, make good decisions and get quality work at a fair price.

Stager - FAQ

How do I avoid the scams and get good Home Staging Service at a fair price?Find a Stager that (i) has recently provided good work to someone you trust and (ii) passes a background services screening test. Compile a COMPLETE, detailed list of work and quality requirements (see the next section). Have the Stager prepare a "not to exceed" estimate. Agree on the final price, sign a complete written agreement (see below) before any work begins.
What should I expect to pay for Home Staging Service?Most Home Staging Service work is quoted at a fixed price, for specific service(s) or deliverables. The underlying hourly rate for a Stager ranges from $27 to $41. Usually, a minimum fee will be charged, which represents 1.5 - 2 hours of effort. In some cases, the quoted job price may be negotiable, particularly if other work is performed by the Stager.
Do I need to use a licensed Stager for my job? If so - how do I verify license status?Home Staging Service is commonly performed without a professional license.
Should I use an insured Stager for my project?Insurance is usually not required for or needed for Home Staging Service.
Does my Stager need to be bonded?A bond is generally not required for Home Staging Service.

Stager - Services

A Stager can handle a number of jobs, activities and problems. The list below summarizes common Home Staging Services. Follow the appropriate links below to learn more about cost, options and quality requirements:

Stager - Finding and Hiring

Not every Stager has the same ability. Experience, skills, and sense of acceptable quality vary considerable. To get the results that you expect, it is essential that you put appropriate effort behind finding a Stager matched to the specific requirements of your job - not simply someone that puts you at ease or wins your confidence. Before starting, make sure that you completely understand the work you want the Stager to perform and the job quality you expect. Then, begin the selection process outlined below:

Stager - Important Agreement / Contract Terms

A written agreement greatly improves your odds of success when working with a Stager. Never start work until you have a complete agreement signed by your Stager. For small jobs use a written work order. For larger projects, use a detailed contract. Never feel pressured to use the Stager's standard contract. Make sure the following points are included in the agreement:

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