In order to appeal to buyers, you must make your Lake Havasu home look as if they could move right in. That means that you're going to need to "stage" it. Studies show that staged homes sell much faster than empty or unstaged ones. You could try to stage it yourself. However, I recommend hiring a professional whenever possible. They know exactly what it takes to make any room feel inviting. When you interview a home stager, you'll need to ask them a few key questions. This helps you narrow down your list and find just the right person for the job.

Finding the right person for the job is critical in any endeavor. But this holds particularly true when selling your Havasu home. When interviewing home stagers, ask them these crucial questions.

What to Ask Your Home Stager Before You Hire Them

How Long Do the Homes You Stage Typically Stay on the Market Before They Sell?

Search available Lake Havasu homes for saleOne of the first home stager questions to ask is about time. More importantly, how long their staged homes take to sell. After all, that's why you want to hire them, right? The longer a Lake Havasu home sits on the market, the more likely you'll need to reduce the price to sell it. That costs you money. Look for a home stager that shows a track record of 30 days or less. They provide the most bang for their buck.

What's the Typical List Price of Your Staged Homes?

Why ask this? More expensive homes require different staging then lower priced ones. You need someone who's used to working with homes in your price range. Someone who works mainly on million-dollar properties might overdo the staging on your $250,000 home. Likewise, you wouldn't necessarily want someone who's only worked on $250,000 homes to stage a $750,000 property. They need to stage it to fit your particular buyer audience. Ask for references and pictures, if possible.

Is There Anything I Can Do for Myself?

Any reputable home stager will be open and honest with you. They understand that most of us work with a budget. We want to save wherever we can. Some home staging projects can be completed by you. That's what makes this such a crucial home stager question to ask.

Are You Insured?

Sometimes, even when everyone is extremely careful, things might get damaged. Walls, furniture, flooring. It's rare, but it happens. So make sure you ask your home stager if they have insurance to cover any damage that might occur. It's better to be safe than sorry.

How Much and How Long?

Finally, let's talk money and time. Ask your home stager how much they charge. Some charge you a flat fee that covers the entire selling period while others might charge you per month. Most Lake Havasu homes only take a day or two to stage, depending on the size of the house and the amount of staging required.

Hiring a professional home stager is well worth the investment. What you spend for their services could come back to you in higher profits on your final Lake Havasu home sale. Good luck. Contact me if you have any questions or are ready to list your home on the market. Now is a great time to sell in Lake Havasu City!

Suzan James, Havasu Realty, for all your Lake Havasu real estate needs