The hidden costs of bargain home staging are in our industry so please use caution before signing a contract. Recently, a client shared a copy of a bid that one of the local high volume staging companies had provided to stage her home. Several things stood out to me, and not in a good way. For starters, the company provided a bid without actually visiting or viewing the home, which means there is no way they could provide a custom design. One of the primary functions of staging is to highlight your home’s features while downplaying any less appealing characteristics. Can you imaging furnishing or decorating a home without seeing it? No idea of the paint colors, flooring, size and shapes of rooms, or finishes? Neither can I. Yet that is what’s being done by many stagers. They just load up a van with random furniture and cram it in your home regardless of what the end result is. Results would be random and haphazard at best. Furniture the wrong scale for your home. Art that clashes with the style of your home.
The Hidden Costs of Bargain Home Staging-Scratch and Dent
Secondly, there were 3 “package options”. For a ridiculously low price, they will bring out their lowest grade furniture, art, and accessories. We’ll call this one the “scratch and dent” package. For a few hundred more, they provide a little higher quality goods. We’ll call this one the “I guuuuess it’s good enough” package. For a few hundred more, they haul out the good stuff. We’ll call this one the “should be the only option” package. I (and the client) were dumbfounded. The whole point of staging is to make the house look the best it possibly can, to put the most money in your pocket as quickly as possible. Saving a few hundred dollars, in the beginning, to lose thousands, in the end, isn’t a great plan for anyone.