What You Need To Know When Staging Your Vacant Home

If you’re a fan of HGTV, you’ve seen staging happen right before your eyes.  But, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t happen over a commercial break . . . there’s a lot more time, people and preparation involved prior to the staging day.  We try to make it look seamless and as easy as possible for our clients, so they don’t stress over it . . . let me handle the stress for you.   In order to help with the process of staging your vacant home, there are a few housekeeping items you should be aware of when working with Element One:

  • We only schedule vacant stagings after we receive a signed agreement – we want to make sure you know what to expect and that all your questions have been answered.
  • We need 3 full business days to prepare for your staging from the time we receive the signed agreement.  This gives us time to schedule the movers, assistants, truck, driver and photographer.  It also gives me time to develop a design plan that will have a “Wow” impact on buyers – both online and in person.  After I develop the plan, it’s time to pull the inventory and pack; everything from décor to furniture, art, rugs, pillows (lots of pillows!), bedding . . . everything needed to make your home stand out from the competition.
  • We do require a credit card on file.  We accept payment via credit card with a 3.4% processing fee (beginning Feb. 1, 2018); we also accept ACH payment (bank transfer) or check with no additional fees.
  • Congratulations! Your home is in contract and it’s time to de-stage.  Please remember: we need time to arrange for the de-stage too.  With other homes being staged and de-staged, and dates changing, we’re always working with a moving target.  We ask that you give us 7 days’ notice to de-stage.  This gives us time to schedule the movers, driver, truck, assistants and make room on our calendar, pack and wrap the furniture.
  • The vacant home is required to have running water, heat or ac (depending on the season) and electric.
  • We’ll tidy up when we’re all done; however, the home should be cleaned, (including the floors) prior to the staging day.
  • For the safety of our team, during the winter months we require that driveways, steps and sidewalks leading to the front door are clear of ice and snow.