Frequently asked questions about home staging.

Does home staging/property styling work?

It certainly does. House preparation for sale is one of the most important things to consider when selling your home. The aim of staging is to create a stylish, inviting space that buyers can imagine themselves living in. Clearing homes of everyday clutter, and hiring furniture art and accessories with the help of a professional property stylist will transform even the most ordinary of homes. This helps get more people through the door, interested and ultimately making better offers.

How much will it cost?

Every house is different and the cost will depend on the size of your home and whether any of your existing furniture is used. Styling your home for sale is a small investment in a faster and more profitable sale. A Staging Consultation of up to 2 hours is $300. If you are using a mixture of your own things and some hired items, Heidi will quote you on these items after the consultation.

Home staging/property styling is an investment in your final sales result.

If your home is vacant, you can check our pricing page for a price guide. Heidi can provide an over the phone estimate, followed by a visit to your home for an accurate quote.

Can’t I just stage my own home and save some money?

There are certainly things you can do yourself to prepare your home for sale. Having lived in the home for an extended period you lose the ability to see the home with fresh eyes. Home stagers/property stylists, being new to your home can see the issues that buyers will pick up on and help you to address them. Using their designer discounts at various furniture warehouses and interior decorating experience, they can put together a stylish space to impress buyers. You only have a few precious seconds to create a great first impression.

Why bother spending money on my house when I am selling it?

Home staging is investing in your property. Your return is less time on the market and your end selling price. If your home looks like it is neglected, potential buyers will offer less for it. An investment in staging will help keep the bargain hunters away.

My agent said my property will sell without staging – why bother??

Your agent is probably right, but this will likely come at a cost. Staged homes typically sell faster and for a better price. You need to consider, do you want to just sell it, or get a good price for it? And a home sitting on the market will be costing you money. You may have purchased your new home and be paying two mortgages, continuing to pay rates, electricity and water for a property you don’t want, and agents will soon suggest a price drop. Selling a home faster saves you that money and stress. Styling your home for sale will highlight your home’s good points, minimise the bad and have you putting up the ‘sold’ sign up and moving on sooner.

What improvements will sell my home quicker?

When preparing your house for sale, every property is different and therefore has different requirements. Typically paint, lighting and kitchen bench tops net a good return on investment. An independent inspection by a property stylist will identify the potential issues in your home that may turn off buyers and help you solve them.

Should I stage my home before I go on the market or can I do it if I am on the market now?

If your property has been on the market and there is little interest, home staging can provide an alternative to a price reduction. Reviewing the property once it is on the market is common and issues can still be identified and worked on so that the property can attract potential buyers.

Can I live in the home when it is staged and during the sales campaign?

Yes, you can. Insurance is included in the hiring of furniture and family situation is taken into consideration when furniture is chosen. Hired linen and towels cannot be used but Heidi can show you how to set it up for open homes and you can take photos for your reference.