For those who are looking to sell their homes for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time, there simply is no better tool than home staging.

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With the spring selling season just around the corner, many home sellers are waiting for the prime opportunity to place their home on the market.

Spring is typically a robust period for both buyers and sellers. For those sellers looking to sell their homes for the most amount of money in the shortest amount of time, there simply is no better tool than home staging.

Professional home staging is the process of preparing a home for sale so it appeals to the largest number of potential buyers. Staging is essentially styling a home to highlight its best features and downplay any potential flaws.

Most potential buyers only know what sellers show them. A home that is cluttered or in need of repair may instantly turn off potential buyers.
Home staging allows buyers to see the space and not the distractions that could take their focus away from the beauty of the home.

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So, how does home staging work?

If a seller chooses to engage the services of a professional real estate stager, there will likely be a number to choose from. A professional stager will likely own both furniture and accessories that can be rented to a home seller on a monthly basis, or the stager can work with a seller’s existing furnishings.

Most home-staging companies begin working with a home seller with an in-home consultation. Typically, there is a charge for these types of consultations, especially if the stager provides tips and ideas as part of the initial meeting. In this phase, the home stager typically outlines any work that needs to be done.

The second part of the process is the execution of the recommendations as outlined during the consultation phase. The final stage is the actual staging itself, in which furniture, artwork and accessories are brought in for styling purposes.

Professional home stagers typically charge a rate that includes their time (creating a staging strategy, selection of furniture and accessories), as well as a rental fee for the use of their inventory. Stagers may also have a pricing structure based on the square footage of the home to be staged or its sales price.

Cathy Hobbs is an interior designer and Emmy Award-winning television host. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com.