"The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones." ~ John Maynard Keynes
Q: What Is Home Staging?
A: Home Staging allows you to market your home to the
largest audience possible by maximizing your home’s potential while minimizing
the flaws. This can be as simple as reducing clutter and reorganizing the
space, or as complex as bringing in all new furniture and accessories, or may
fall somewhere in between. Each home is unique and will require a different
variety of services.
Q: Is Home Staging a way to fool the buyer?
A: Absolutely not! As a homeowner, you are still required to disclose any major flaws of the home that you are aware of. Home Staging does help to minimize minor flaws by drawing the focus to the features of the home.
Q: What is included in the Home Staging Consultation?
A: With the home staging consultation, you will receive a full home evaluation, including all notes regarding the suggested updates, repairs, furniture arrangements, paint colours, and decorating suggestions. In addition, BTSH will return prior to photographing for "finishing touches", to ensure that the photos show off the home at it's best.
Q: What happens after the consultation?
A: You will receive the full evaluation notes from the consultation immediately following. If you have requested pricing on further staging services or staging rental items, you will receive these within the next 24 hrs unless otherwise advised. You may then decide if you wish to implement the suggestions yourself, or employ BTSH and/or BTSH Preferred Vendors to assist with preparing the house for sale. Once the necessary recommendations have been completed, BTSH may then return with any requested staging rentals.Q: What are "Finishing Touches"?
Q: Will you bring in all new furniture?
A: We aim to work with what a homeowner already has as much as possible, but also offer a vast inventory of quality furniture, artwork, linens, and accessories if these are required to achieve the best results.
Q: Where do you rent your furniture?
A: BTSH is the only Home Staging company in the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge Tri-City area that owns all of our own staging rental inventory. All furniture, artwork, linens, and accessories rented by BTSH are the property of Beyond The Stage Homes. This allows us flexibility with style, availability, rental period and pricing.
Q: How do I know if I should rent?
A: Here are just a few examples of why to rent:
Q: How long does staging take?
A: Amount of time required for staging will depend on the project, but generally it can be done within 1 day maximum, provided that repairs and painting are not required.
Q: Why does Home Staging work?
A: Did you know that only 10% of people can visualize a space? By neutralizing the space and clearing out the clutter, potential buyers can better visualize themselves in your house. If your home is filled with personal items, clutter, and bold colours, buyers are often distracted and fail to see the potential of the space. Home staging is simply a tool that helps them to see this.
Q: What is Redesign?
A: Redesign uses the same techniques as home staging to help to freshen up your home. Working with what you have, redesign can mean will breathe new life into a room without the expense of a full makeover.
Q: Do you offer any other services?
A: BTSH offers a variety of services from home staging, to colour consultations, to decorating and design. For a full list of services and pricing, please visit the Services page.
Q: Why should I paint my home before I list it, if the new homeowner is just likely to change it?
A: This is probably the number one question that I get from my clients. I understand that it might seem like a waste if the new homeowner might just change it, but there are a few reasons why this makes sense to do:
Q: Why should I spend money on a house I am selling?
A: Your home is generally your biggest investment. Investing in home staging will help to maximize your return on your largest investment. A few dollars on home staging will go a long way by ensuring that you sell your home faster, and for more money. All statistics show that the investment in staging your home is always less than your first price reduction.
Q: Should I stage before listing my home?
A: Definitely. While it may sound cliché, you only get one chance to make a first impression. When your home is listed, you want to be sure that it is ready to show at it’s best, both in pictures and for showings.
Q: Why should I stage a vacant house? Doesn't the house look bigger when the rooms are empty?
A: Staging a vacant home helps to define the space for buyers. Each room has a purpose, and staging helps to clearly identify this to potential buyers. Empty rooms actually tend to look smaller, and can leave buyers questioning whether or not their own furniture will fit in these rooms. By setting up a room properly, not only can they see that the furniture fits but it will give them the ideal placement, as well as inspire them with the decorative touches. Check out this video to see how staging can transform your vacant home to a sold home.
Q: How much does home staging cost?
A: It varies depending on the how much or how little your
home requires. A comprehensive consultation starts at $200. For more
information on the services available, as well as pricing, see the Services page.
Q: What if I don't like the staging items that you bring in?
A: Selection and placement of art, furniture, and accessories is at the discretion of BTSH and it may not be to your personal taste. While you may voice concerns with any selected items, BTSH shall have final say on this. You have hired us for our skills and expertise, and we will ensure that the staging items will be chosen and placed to best show your home.
Q: My real estate agent says they can do the staging, so why should I spend any more money?
A: If your real estate agent is a qualified home stager that includes this service as a part of their fees, there may not be a need to hire an outside stager. However your realtor is busy listing and marketing your home, which is why most choose to work with a trained Home Stager, in order to allow each professional to focus of their areas of expertise.
Q: How do I choose a Home Stager?
A: Well, of course the easy answer is if you’re looking at
this site, it’s safe to say you already found your Home Staging Professional!
But if you’re still not sure, research your local stagers. Check out their
portfolio and reviews. If you have hired a realtor, ask if they have a home
stager that they prefer to work with. Most stagers offer similar pricing, and
you should never base your decision on price. Remember that Home Staging is an
investment, and saving a few dollars could mean several thousand on the return
of your home.
Q: Do you have trades workers/suppliers that you can suggest?
A: BTSH has found top professionals in your area to assist you with your needs in getting your property “sell-ready”. Please visit Preferred Vendors for a list of many of these. If you don’t see the service you’re looking, please contact us and we would be happy to provide this information to you at no charge. BTSH is happy to contact, schedule, and manage these on your behalf for an additional fee.
Q: When/How do you get paid?
A: BTSH offers NET 15 terms for all services (excluding subcontractor services), however a deposit may be required prior to the start of work for some projects. Our first priority is to get your house listing ready for buyers, and we understand the time and effort that may be involved with this. Offering these terms helps you to concentrate on the needs of your house first. Acceptable payment methods include cheque, money order, email money transfer, or credit card (some conditions apply for credit card payments - please contact us for details)
Q: Will BTSH be available when I need them to be?
A: BTSH strives to avoid over-booking in order to accommodate all of our clients needs. This is a full-time/full-service company with two Home Stagers on staff, plus a staging assistant, and we will do our best to meet your time-frame, budget, and needs, but thinking of home staging FIRST allows us the time necessary to address all of your home’s needs.
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