Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. My most common jobs are Written Home Staging Consultations. This is when I go through the home giving recommedations for each room as well as ideas to increase curb appeal. These recommendations are then put in a report form broken down room by room. I also furnish many vacant homes, focusing on the most important selling areas of the home. This is common for new construction or if a seller has already moved out. Homes typically show much better with furnishings.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. When looking for a Home Stager it is important to ask about training, experience, and what is included in their pricing.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Ask them about their training, staging experience, and philosophy. They should be certified and have a strong history of staging homes. Make sure you feel comfortable with their philosophy for preparing a home to sell in your market.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I have been staging homes in the Des Moines area for more than 5 years. My Home Staging certification, expertise and experience has resulted in successfully selling literally hundreds of homes for real estate agents, homeowners, and builders. I have great relationships with my clients and am very proud that most of my work comes from recommendations from past clients.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. My favorite part of home staging is that every home and every home owner is different. Their situation is different, the home layout is different, the challenges are different so it never gets boring. There is always something you can do to help a home show better. I also love getting the excited phone call or e-mail that the home has sold!
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. The most common question I get is how can I make my home show better without spending a lot of money? Some updates do cost money, but there are so many things sellers can do that are relatively inexpensive or even free! I help them prioritize what is most important for their situation to give them the biggest "bang for their buck".
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Home Staging is not just "decorating", it is making your home universally appealing to buyers in your market. If your home is too contemporary or too country or too minimal you lose out on a large number of buyers. Your home should definitely have personality but too strong a personality puts buyers off.