The question I get asked more than any other is… what is the cost of home staging? It’s a reasonable question, and a smart one. After all, you want to make sure that your investment is well spent and going to serve you well — with a fast property sale and high profit.

But before we talk numbers (yes, we will), let’s cover the basics...

What is home staging? 

Most people will tell you that home staging is the act of visually preparing a home to attract and appeal to the property’s target buyers. This is true, but more importantly, home staging is strategic marketing. It is NOT decorating. 

Preparing a home to whisk buyers off their feet is not about matching decor. It’s about a design that speaks to these specific buyers’ tastes, interests, and priorities. For example, if our client is listing a family-sized home in a great school district, we will design and present that home far differently than we would for a home in a neighborhood of working couples. 

To truly get the highest offer for your property, we need to prepare the home in a way that entices target buyers, addresses their needs, and above all... represents the lifestyle they dream of living.

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Staging by Design by KETI

Why do vacant homes need to be staged?

Don’t worry, I’ll get to home staging investments shortly, but I know that there’s a common misconception that vacant homes don’t need staging. False. Vacant homes need staging just as much, if not more, than an occupied home. Why? 

Convinced? Okay, let’s look at what’s involved in staging a home. After all, you should know everything that your home staging investment is getting you…

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Staging by Design by KETI

What is involved in staging a vacant home?

Before we can discuss the costs associated with home staging, you should know what’s included. First, there’s a home staging consultation, which is a 2-hour on-site meeting where we nail down a home staging strategy. During this meeting, we will...

Once a plan has been approved, and after any necessary or optional renovations, we will stage the home with furniture, bedding, accessories, art, decor, and more.

We also offer professional photography services for an additional fee. I highly suggest this step, because it’s more than having a photographer come through to point and shoot. 

By that point, no one knows your property better than I do! I will be on-site with our trusted photographer providing art direction services. Being that I myself only have put in a good 8 to 12 hours working on your home, I know the best angles the property will show and will make sure you get them captured for MLS photos.

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Staging by Design by KETI

What does home staging cost?

Okay, let’s answer the big question: what does home staging cost? First, even though I will give you a general ballpark estimate, please know that it is very difficult to estimate the cost of home staging without seeing the property. 

No, I’m not making excuses — this really is the truth. Each home has its own positive and negative aspects (to highlight or minimize) and its ideal price point and buyers, which we would need to address through staging. 

Yes, once we speak on the phone and discuss your property, we will give you a general estimate for your project. However, we will give you an official home staging plan and quote only after we have seen the property ourselves.

But hey, we’re not on the phone right now. You’re reading this blog post and eager for a number! So, what can you expect?

Well, generally speaking, the cost of home staging hovers right around 1% of the listing price of the home, give or take. 

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Staging by Design by KETI

How do we estimate the cost of home staging for our clients?

So, how do we judge the cost of home staging for our clients and create a quote? There are three items taken into consideration when determining the investment range for staging a vacant property: 

1. The price point of the home

2. The number of rooms we are staging

3. Similar homes we have staged in your area

1. Your Property’s Price Point

It's important to know that staging should reflect the price point of the home. A $200K home will be staged very differently than a $2M home, even if we are to stage the same rooms. As you can imagine, the size and style of a $200k home vs. a $2M home vary drastically. This means we are filling more space, using more elevated furnishings, etc.

2. The Number of Rooms We are Staging

Generally, we will stage the living room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom, and perhaps an entryway. Sometimes, we will stage a home office (highly desirable right now), or an additional bedroom if we know that it will make the home more desirable.

3. Similar Homes We Have Staged

As I mentioned above, before I set foot on your property for our home staging consultation, I will give you a ballpark estimate based on other projects and homes we have staged in the past that are similar in price point. I will do my best to outline the investment you can expect.

Once we set foot on property, however, we can actually work on a staging blueprint and design plan. As these are presented and finalized, you’ll receive an official quote personalized to your project.


Staging by Design by KETI

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Staged by Design by Keti

ROI of Home Staging

For sure, home staging costs a whole lot less than the first price reduction you will have to make if the home doesn’t sell within two weeks or so. Staging your home costs less than having to carry the property and still pay the mortgage payment, taxes, and insurance, plus all other maintenance fees. 

As one of our investor clients put it: 

“It’s cheaper to pay her [Keti] than the mortgage company each month.” — Client, Investor

I couldn’t agree more! As far as ROI goes, you are very likely to see your investment made back… and then some. We recently staged this project, which saw an ROI of 150%. That is money well spent!

I will wrap things up here, but I hope this overview has been helpful for judging your expected investment and the home staging process in general. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

And if you have a property that you would love to sell quickly and for profit, let’s talk.

— Keti

Today I want to share a project we recently completed with excellent results — a design and home staging ROI of 150%. Yes, I know I've spoiled the grand finale of this transformation, but knowing the final result makes it all the more worth seeing...

Project: Reviving a Dead Listing in Dallas

Our clients were out-of-towners who had been trying to sell this house in Dallas with no luck. They were tired and frustrated but mostly eager to sell the property and move on with their lives. 

Here's what the property looked like before…

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The orange door did absolutely nothing the amp up curb appeal.
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We found dark and dated wallpaper throughout the entire home, from the living spaces to the bedrooms.
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Speaking of scary wallpaper...
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Architectural details with very specific style and taste.
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This house was built in the 70s and the stain on the wood reflected it. It may be difficult to see it in the photo, but the floor was also damaged (standard wear and tear) in many areas.

Setting the Design & Staging Strategy

Overall, this home was clearly dated and tailored to a very specific taste, but it also had great potential. Architectural details gave it unique character… if we presented it just right.

Identifying the Home's Ideal Buyers

First, we had to determine how we wanted to market this home. During our home staging consultation, we discussed two options for listing the home: as a bargain home or a move-in ready home. Older homes can be more desirable at a lower price point, but we also know a young professional couple with a family has no time for remodeling or reno work. They are more willing to make an offer on a property that is move-in ready.

Additionally, our clients had already tried the bargain route with no luck. They agreed that designing and staging the home as move-in ready was the way to go.

Creating a Design Plan

Once we reached this decision, we quickly got to work. (We know time is money, and we don’t dilly dally!) I put together a design plan for all the make-ready/renovation work that needed to be done. 

I provided the design direction and the project management for the staging, whereas my team of subcontractors and tradesmen did the work (which you’ll see soon). The plan?

1. The house looked dark, frumpy, and not like it belonged in the luxury home category. We knew we needed to address it right from the curb (appeal) with exterior landscaping and price-conscious paint color selections.

2. With all the fixed features making bold statements, we needed to update the decade-defining features, creating a cohesive interior color palette, and bring light and life into the home.

Ready to see how the home turned out?

Investing in Updates that Pay Big ROI

Welcome to a new front step…

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Lighter eaves, better landscaping, and a more inviting front step make this home far more joyful and welcoming to a young family. 

We removed the dark wallpaper and opted for a light blue-gray color, picking up from the blue undertones in the kitchen counters that was used throughout the home. The end result was enormous spaciousness, making it so much lighter, brighter and airy… perfect for today’s buyers!

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A mix of cool tones in the staging elements and warm lighting help this space feel balanced.

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In the living room, more luxurious furnishings in the right scale keep this space looking elevated, not dated.

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This dramatic wall feels like a stunning feature instead of an eyesore, largely thanks to lighter flooring and furnishings, and small touches of warm copper in the decor to help it blend in.

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Speaking of the flooring, we stripped the wood floors of the old stain and finished them new with a light walnut stain. We know that this stain is on-trend and will be trending at least for the next 10 to 15 years.

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Tip: Painting the stair risers the same color as the trim makes for a more classic and timeless look. It was also a great way to blend the light airy feel we wanted to create with the existing warm tones of the wood.

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We didn’t stage all of the bedrooms (though we certainly got rid of the dated wallpaper), but this master bedroom with a view deserved to be staged for a young couple who may be working from home.

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Same with this built-in workspace. As more professionals work from home (and kids “school from home”), spaces like these are essential for selling a home quickly and for profit.

How did this home sell after some strategic design changes and staging?

Well, I know I spoiled the surprise in the beginning, but I’ll say it again. After sitting on the market indefinitely, this house sold in less then two weeks of being put back in the market as a newly renovated home

It listed for $110K more than the old list price. 

And — if that wasn’t enough — my clients told me that their investment on the reno-work and the repairs paid off BIG time. For every dollar they put into the house via the reno work and staging, they were able to get $1.50 back. That’s a 150% return on investment!

Strategic design and home staging work. I can’t wait to show you how it can help YOU sell your property and get on with your life, too.

If you’re ready to enlist our help in a speedy and profitable home sale, let’s talk.

— Keti

YES, we did it again… we were just voted Best in Houzz for Design AND for Service! 

These awards mean so much to me. First, it is rare for a home stager to win in a Design category and it feels darn good (though I’ve said it before — we’re not just home stagers!). Second, these awards are not one of those fake, pay-to-play type deals.

They’re earned on MERIT and the voices of the people we serve! Here’s how these accolades get dished out...

Best of Houzz for Service (2015-2020)

This award comes from receiving a large volume of positive reviews and ratings. For us, this means that our clients had a great experience working with us AND saw a high rate of success in the selling of their properties! 

Best in Houzz for Design (2018-2020)

The Best in Houzz for Design Award takes into account how many times our project photos have been viewed and saved in “idea books” by Houzz users. As someone who designs and stages homes for SALE, it is extremely validating to see that our designs are so widely loved and appreciated. We must be doing something right! 😉

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from our Portfolio

What Don’t These Awards Tell You?

1. Our Goal is Always Profit for Our Clients

I’ll take happy client reviews any day, but these don’t just come from great service — it means they saw success! And by success, we mean PROFIT. Whether you’re renovating or staging a property to sell, your ROI is our #1 goal… and we obsess over it! A smart plan and great design is how we get there.

2. Readying a Property for Sale Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

So, these project photos that are getting shared around and ooh’d and ahh’d over? None of them “broke the bank.: In fact, when you’re renovating to sell, it’s less wise to throw money at a property and far better to invest wisely where it matters.

Our priority is finishing on-time, on-budget, and getting you the most ROI possible. And YES, all of these good things can coexist with a beautiful design buyers will love!

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from our Portfolio

3. Some of Our Clients Were Nervous First-Time Renovators

Renovating for the first time (like anything you’ve never done before) can come with some questions. Will your renovation drag on? Will it be done correctly? Are you going to see some profit on your investment?

I would love to say that every new client who crosses our path is 100% confident in the process, but that would be unreasonable to ask. So, how did we get to all those positive reviews? 

Communication. Kindness. Integrity. Excellence. All of these contribute to the trusting relationships we build with clients, and with them, incredible homes and... ROI!

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So whether you’re a first time home seller or an experienced investor, with us, you’ll be in good hands. P.s. Sample a bit of the good stuff we're dishing out by subscribing to our newsletter below!

Yours,
Keti

Does your home for sale have outdated kitchen cabinets?

3 Ways to Upgrade Kitchen Cabinets for Resale

Kitchen Remodeling Dallas  Dallas Kitchen Renovations

 

Kitchen Renovation and Staging Project | Before & After

Instantly Improve the Perceived Value

Instantly Improve the Perceived Value Does your home for sale have cringy or outdated kitchen cabinets? If they don't show significant wear, they are a good candidate for a paint-induced makeover. Remember, kitchens and baths are the main selling points of a home. Ensure that the kitchen, the heart of the home, is looking its best.

Whether you are the homeowner looking to sell or the agent who is handling the listing, the tips we're sharing today will help increase the perceived value of the house, which can result in a higher payoff.

 

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SHOULD YOU REPAINT?

Update old or builder-grade kitchen cabinets with high quality paint. If they are already painted, simply refresh their existing color. If they were previously stained, hire a professional re-finisher or take your time to learn the best way to paint your cabinets. Keep in mind that the cabinets must not show significant wear and must not be broken.

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PRO PAINT TIPS TO TRY

Make your cabinets look high end by painting a different color on the island or by creating contrasting upper / lower cabinets. (e.g. A tuxedo kitchen has white uppers and black lowers.)

When selecting new paint colors, choose a shade from the existing counter tops and / or back splash tile to ensure that the space still flows well.

 

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ACCESSORIES TO ADD

To further accessorize, line the cabinets with a solid color shelf liner or simply remove any old shelf liners. Your cabinets should look fresh from the inside out. Don't hesitate to give them a thorough interior cleaning.

Lastly, swap out the cabinet and drawer hardware for something new and minimal. This can improve the aesthetic of the entire kitchen by leaps and bounds.

 

STAGING STATS

95% of home buyers look at MLS photos.

The way your home looks online matters. Ensure that your house gets the attention it deserves (and sells for a great price) by investing in quality staging and styling.

 

TIP OF THE MONTH

Create a statement piece.

Paint the kitchen island a deep, bold color to make it stand out from the cabinets. Navy, black, or deep green are excellent options.

 

 

 

Cheers,

Keti

O: (214) 814 – 5967

E-mail: info@designbyketi.com

Luxury Vinyl Planks 101

Hardwood has long since been a hallmark in high end, quality homes. Its rich, earthy texture and natural beauty have made it a no-brainer, resulting in refinishing vs. replacing whenever possible to avoid the high cost of replacement.

However, hardwood has caused no small amount of anxiety to homeowners with children and pets. Because hardwood floors can be warped by excess moisture or noticeably scratched, they aren't always the best or most sensible option for busy households.

What is hardwood-loving homeowner to do?

Meet the Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP).

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Luxury vinyl planks make for excellent flooring in every room, especially high-moisture areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. The wood-like appearance of LVP adds warmth and character without succumbing to spilled liquids, heavy use, or frequent cleanings.

Quality LVP will last anywhere from 10-15 years, though could last even longer depending on how it is treated. It also doesn't need to be refinished - ever - and is available in a variety of faux wood species, including maple, oak, walnut, and hickory. Wide and narrow planks are available as well, making it easy to create a truly custom floor.

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Ease of installation matters, even if you're hiring a company to handle the professional installation of your LVP flooring. The more convenient it is for the installers, the faster they will work and the more pleasing your final invoice will be. Happy installers make for good projects - trust us!

LVP snaps together effortlessly but does require some pre-planning, measuring, and cutting to ensure the joints don't end up all in a row (yep, just like hardwood). For best results, use an installer who works with LVP and hardwood frequently.

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We never suggest that you get stingy when it comes to more permanent materials like flooring, but we also have to admit that LVP is a significantly smaller investment than hardwood.  Happy accident? Not really.

LVP was developed to be an aesthetically pleasing, durable, and affordable alternative to hardwood. It ranges from $2-5 per square foot, while hardwood rings up the bill at $8-25 per square foot. Homeowners who opt for LVP often end up having more funds leftover for other luxuries, such as a curbless shower or elaborate back splash tile.

 

DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS

LVP Components

Faux wood and waterproof flooring are trending - and for good reason. LVP can often contain recycled PVC, which adds to its durability.

 

TIP OF THE MONTH

Chemical sensitivities

If you or someone in your home suffers from chemical sensitivities, be sure to treat your new LVP as you would any other building material, allowing it to off-gas in a climate controlled space.

 

Cheers,

Keti

O: (214) 814 – 5967

E-mail: info@designbyketi.com

I have seen this trend recently where some stagers are advertising and claiming that they will stage your home - and because they own their own inventory - they will not charge you any rental fees.

As a professional home stager myself and as someone who is dedicated to running a successful staging and design business whose services will benefit many clients for many years to come, I wanted to write about this trend and clarify some things.

My goal and desire is that all you who are seeking staging services - where the stager claims they will use their props and inventory and not charge you for it - will be better educated in making the right decision that best addresses your staging needs.

First I would like to make you all aware of the fact that Home Staging is not a regulated business. What that means to you as a consumer and as a seeker of staging services is that anyone can put a shingle out there and claim to be a “professional home stager”, but that does not necessarily make them so.

 

For anyone to achieve the highly sought “professional” status in any field a few things need to take place. I read once that it takes an average of three years or about 6,000 working hours for someone to hone in their skill set in the profession of their choice.

It is a known fact that a lot of people who claim to be home stagers, stage on the side, and on the weekends mostly. Staging is not their full time profession.

Secondly, like with any other profession, on-going training and education is a must. There is absolutely no way around it, if anyone as a professional is set on providing stellar service and products to all their clients 100% of the time.

As an example of this I have committed to investing up to $5,000 a year towards on-going training as it relates to what I am engaged with on a daily basis and that is, staging, design, and renovations.

Since Staging is not a regulated business, on-going continued education is not required. That is not to say, it is not needed however.

Thirdly results always speak for themselves. Check out their on-line reputation, portfolio and results. Reading reviews  from clients who have actually worked with them in the past would be a great thing to check out.

And as always be weary of stock photos used on ads and websites, as they are not reflective of what  the stager can actually do or accomplish; rather they only speak to the fact that those stagers can pick a pretty picture, no problem.

 

A professional home stager, one who has done the time so to speak and on an on-going basis hones their professional skills is very well versed in things like, fundamental design elements, what makes a staging design stand out, what does not, scale, balance and symmetry, how the style of the home and the fixed elements in the home dictate how the home is staged etc. For those reasons I am also against verbal staging quotes, but I will have to write another blog on that and why you as a consumer should not fall for it.

Please realize that all those items I listed above dictate how the buyers will respond to your home. Why would you want to risk having the potential buyers focus on bad staging when they should actually focus on your beautiful home?

You are making the buyers experience of touring your home memorable o’right but it is not your  sellable home they will be remembering I can assure you of that.

Case in point, check out these two homes below.

One belongs to the Tuscany brown trend which is no longer trendy now btw. This property was located in Prestonwood in Dallas and it sold in one week once it was professionally staged by Design by KETI and it relisted as such.

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This other home which is located in Preston Hollow in Dallas  belongs to the current Parisian gray trend. This home sold in two weeks after it relisted as a professionally staged home by Design by KETI.

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Here are some other examples...

This condo sold and de-staged in less then 30 days...

 

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This luxury Home in Lake Highlands sold in three days from being listed as a professionally staged home. It de-staged in less than two months.

 

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This renovated home in Preston Hollow sold and de-staged in two and a half months...

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Different type of props, inventory and color schemes were used to stage those homes as the fixed elements and the color scheme  in the home dictate how the home should be staged.

For those reasons – so that you ensure that you hire the right stager for you, whose staging will add value to your home and not take away from it – some good questions to ask would be along the lines of their professional staging background and how much actual time do they dedicate to staging homes on a weekly basis and for how long have they done so.

Some people might excitedly say “staging is my passion”. Please understand Passion Is Not Enough.

Although there is nothing wrong with being passionate about staging, having the skill set to also deliver a top staging and design plan that will yield results and that is  to sell your home swiftly and at a desirable price point, is of utmost importance.

Passion does not make you a professional!

 

For example, I love dancing. I am very passionate about it.  Everybody who knows me on a personal level knows this fun fact about me.

And I exercise this passion of mine by social dancing on a regular basis. On occasion and when my schedule permits it, I will take a group class but that is about it. But IF I want to become a professional dancer however, I would need to dedicate a lot of time and money to it. I would need to allocate time in my schedule to take a lot of private lessons so I can hone my dancing skills, and be really good at it. I also need to practice what I learn during those private lessons, so that one day in the near future I would be able to call myself a professional dancer and make a living out of my dancing.

My point is having passion about something – even staging - is not enough!

Cultivating your passion by dedicating time and resources to it, will elevate you to a professional status in the field of your choice!

 

Now that you have a little bit of a background on what distinguishes a pro stager from an amateur stager, let me tell you the reasons why we charge rental fees when we use our own props and inventory to stage your home.

 

  1. We charge rental fees when we use our own props and inventory to stage your home because as professionals we understand the law of diminishing return. This is an economics concept. It states that if one factor of production is increased, while other factors are held constant, the output will eventually diminish. This is otherwise known as negative returns.

Let’s apply this to hiring a stager to stage your vacant home and you need not pay rental fees for props and inventory.

Although it appears you may be getting a good deal, in actuality you may be getting a really bad one.

 It pays to invest more in the front end. When you pay a rental fee for props and inventory  to stage your home, you are ensuring you are getting top of the line items that are on-trend, are  ispirational to the buyers and in line with the architecture of your home. Since staging is nothing but packaging and merchandising, it is of utmost importance that the right props and inventory are used to  package and merchandise your home in other words stage your home.

 

Please understand each added input/benefit (in other words, "free props and inventory") will lead to a decrease in the quality of what you thought the outcome of staging was going to be.

So you find yourself six to eight months down the road and not only do you not get the return on your initial staging investment, you suddenly find yourself losing money because of it. Those losses come in the form of several price reductions, and on-going mortgage, tax, insurance and upkeep payments and fees.

 

  1. We charge rental fees when we use our own props and inventory to stage your home because cheap will end up costing our staging clients too much.

The quote from John Ruskin comes to mind:

“It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”

So I encourage you to pay for something better, all the time.

 

  1. We charge rental fees when we use our own props and inventory to stage your home because as professionals we have the end result in mind. And that is selling at a stellar time, at the most desirable price point.

 

3.1 We charge rental fees when we use our own props and inventory to stage your home because not charging accurately for services provided is not a sustainable business model. Specifically such type of business model will drive the business and the business owner into bankruptcy in no time at all.

Let me explain this a bit further. The three basic components that make up a vacant staging price quote are: 1. Staging Design Fee, 2. Moving and Logistics/Packing/Unpacking Fee and 3. Furniture and Accessories Rental Fee.

The staging fee covers things such as putting together a staging design concept, selecting all the props needed to stage the home (things like furniture, accessories, artwork, and soft good, lighting),  and packing and wrapping all such props and inventory, and then setting up on site as well as styling.

The moving fee covers the cost of moving all packed and wrapped props and inventory from the warehouse all the way to your house. And then from your house all the way back to the warehouse when your house sells and it needs to be de-staged.

If you have moved recently you know from experience that it is expensive to hire movers in Dallas. Our experience has been that when staging vacant homes – based on the scope of the project, the rooms we have staged and the distance of the house from our warehouse– moving costs can go anywhere from $700 and up to $2,000 on any vacant staging project.

 

And then there is the Furniture and Accessories rental fee. Please understand that there is a lot of money that goes into purchasing new inventory items on a regular basis. Inventory purchase and warehousing are two of the largest expenses any staging business has on their books.

 

We have a special formula in place when it comes to pricing out the rental fee for all items that are needed to stage your home.

 

What those other stagers are doing when they say “they don’t charge rental fees” is no different that you reaching out to some of the furniture rental companies out there and have them let you lease their stuff for free. I can assure  you that will never ever happen. Why because they are a for profit business. An exchange of products (staging props and inventory) for dollars ( inventory rental fee) needs to happen.

That makes a lot of logical, business and financial sense.

 

Red flags should go up when someone claims they do not bill rental fees. Some valued questions to ask would be, where did they get their props and inventory, how much money they spent towards it, will they bring cardboard furniture to stage your home, are they bringing stuff they got on garage sales to stage your home, or is it their parents oversized peanut butter color leather sofa from the 80’s  that will make its debut in the formal living room of your $900K home.

I am mentioning all those things because I have seen them actually happen over and over.

And last but not least do they have insurance for their inventory. And do they have insurance to be working at your home.  Unforeseen/unexpected things happen all the time. And the smart and savvy business owners plan accordingly for such things.

 

At the end of the day – as a consumer myself – I would be reluctant to hire someone who appears to not understand the intricacies of basic pricing. In my head that is something that would raise flags related to their professionalism, knowledge of real estate and their skill set.

Since they are not capable of doing such elementary thing – meaning pricing their services correctly - I would wonder if they are capable of being a top notch professional who will provide top notch staging designs so that your home is packaged and merchandised the correct way, so that your home sells fast and for top dollar and so that you get your money’s worth and return in staging it the professional way by a professional stager.

…those are all my thoughts. What are yours? Please feel free to share your opinion on this. I would love to hear it.

 

And if you are set on working with a professional home stager to help stage your home the right way, we would welcome the opportunity to be of service. And because we care for results and we care that YOU turn a profit, we will bill you rental fees, not because we are greedy, but because it's a win-win for all parties involved, we are fair, and we are really good at what we do. 🙂

 

Cheers,

Keti

O: (214) 814 – 5967

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In my quest to gaining more professional expertise better serve my clients, I attended the Specify Color with Confidence course taught by Maria Killam. Click play on this video to hear my thoughts about the course.

 

If you want to know more about color, check out Maria's Blog http://www.mariakillam.com/ Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Cheers,

Keti Abazi, Staging Designer and True Color Expert™

Owner and Creative Director of Design by KETI

O: (214) 814 – 5967(214) 814 – 5967

E-mail: info@designbyketi.com

To invite Keti Abazi, to be a speaker at your meeting or function, you may contact info@designbyketi.com.

Your audience will find her presentations on Home Staging not only educational but also amusing, genuine and refreshing.

The smart and savvy Real Estate sellers realize that putting their home on the market is a two-step process.

First Step Preparation - It includes things like, painting, changing or cleaning carpets, updating hardware and light fixtures, attending to the curb appeal of the home etc.

Next Step Presentation - Otherwise known as Styling and Staging of the home to appeal to the demographic of the neighborhood where the home is located.

Only then your home will outshine the completion in your neighborhood and sell for more and in less time.

Let the experts at Design by KETI help with the entire process and sit back and relax. No need for you to chase after the painter and the carpet guy and the handyman and the professional cleaning crew,  in addition to also finding the right stager for you.

We got it all covered for you!

Our goal is to make your life EASY and make your home selling venture enjoyable and delightful especially once you look back and realize all the extra money you made at the sale of your home, with minimum investment and effort on your part.

Take the home featured in this clip as an example. For a minimum investment and very little effort on the sellers part, it sold shortly after it got relisted as a professionally renovated and staged home.

Cheers,

Keti

O: (214) 814 – 5967

E-mail: info@designbyketi.com

To invite Keti Abazi, to be a speaker at your meeting or function, you may contact info@designbyketi.com.

 Your audience will find her presentations on Home Staging not only educational but also amusing, genuine and refreshing.

 

As some of you who follow my posts Know, I keep track of all the vacant homes that hit the market in the East Dallas, Oaklawn/Uptown and N. Dallas MLS areas.

Today for example I looked at all the vacant homes that listed in the month of November - 17 of them – in East Dallas. Of the 17 vacant homes that listed for sale in East Dallas in November 2013, as of today, 3 sold, 1 delisted - most likely due to lack of activity and interest, 1 is under contract and the remaining 12 are still on the market.

Statistically speaking, 70% of the vacant homes in East Dallas that hit the market in November 2013 have not sold yet and have at least gone thru one price reduction.

In addition think of how much the lack of a sale has cost these sellers in mortgage payments, taxes, HOA dues, utility and any other maintenance cost associated with owning a house.

The takeaway from this exercise in Home Selling?  Don’t list your home vacant. You are reducing your chances of selling within 60 days by  at least 70%. You are also reducing your chances of getting an offer at asking price when your house does not sell within a curtain time frame.  Instead follow the example of these  brilliant sellers in, Lake Highlands, East Dallas and Preston Hollow who brought in Home Staging Dallas - Design by KETI to help sell their home in record time.

Dallas vacant home staging

This gorgeous mid-century modern house in Lake Highlands, listed for $900K. It went under contract after three days of being marketed as a staged home. We were able to destage the home in less then two months from staging.

 

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This luxury home on Preston Hollow listed for $1.2M. It sold shortly thereafter and we were able to de-stage the home in less then three months from the list date.

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These modern condos in the East Village in Dallas all sold and de-staged with an average of 48 days on market from the day they got staged to the day they got sold and therefore de-staged.

 

For more info on the benefits of staging a vacant home for sale Click Here:

 

Cheers,

Keti

O:(214) 814 – 5967

E-mail: keti@designbyketi.com

To invite Keti Abazi, to be a speaker at your meeting or function, you may contact info@designbyketi.com.
Your audience will find her presentations on Home Staging not only educational but also amusing, genuine and refreshing.

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