Interview 2-3 Stagers
You should always interview 2-3 stagers to see who does the best work, not to price shop. If you receive a bid for services that is significantly lower, this is a red flag. A lower fee supports lower quality. If a stager is the “low price leader”, do you think they command the confidence needed to effectively stage your home? Choose the stager you think will give you the best results.
View Their Portfolio
Are their staging examples professionally photographed? If they were not professionally photographed, wouldn’t you wonder why not? If you see a portfolio with photos that are poor quality and the bid for services are the lowest out of the 2-3 bids you received, this is a red flag. Professional stagers invest in professional photography to showcase their work.
Don’t be afraid to ask for references and check them out. A professional stager understands the importance of great references and they should have them available.
Be sure you understand their contract. Written contracts provide you with a legal document outlining the scope of the work and expectations. This will ensure that no one can claim any misunderstandings later. Should a dispute arise, you can simply refer to your contract for a resolution. If you don’t understand something, ask for an explanation. If your stager does not offer a contract, this is a red flag.