Question: Our Realtor has suggested that we hire an interior decorator to “stage” our home. Is there any benefit in this?
 
Answer: Originally popularized in California, staging helps homes sell quickly and for more money.
Staging concentrates not on changing the interior in terms of painting or adding carpeting, says Carole Talbott of home decorating company Visual Coordinations. These are things the buyers would most likely prefer to choose themselves. Rather staging depends on "selling the space."

When a home is staged, it's reorganized--first with the furniture, then artwork, and finally by accessories. The furnishings remain the same, except for well-worn pieces or those that break up the design. Many times accessories are used to add color to a room.

Stagers charge approximately $500 to $750 for a three-bedroom, two-bath home; Talbott advises owners to stage only the main living areas to avoid high costs.

Some staging advice for homeowners who want to go it alone: furniture should be kept away from walls by grouping at angles in the middle of the room; colors should be chosen from artwork and fabrics, and accessories should be chosen to accentuate them; collections should be kept together; and mirrors should be placed in locations where favorable scenery will reflect. To attract attention to the exterior, the front door should be the first thing painted or decorated.  
 
 
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