Just like finding any professional service, there are steps to follow when choosing a top-quality, home stager with a proven track record.
The first thing you want to see is their portfolio of work. Make sure they have before and after photos, preferably at the same angle, but at least so you can see it’s the same room. If they don’t have before photos, it’s a big red flag and suggests it may not be their work. Any reputable home stager will have a good body of work showing before and after photos. You can usually find this on their website! If you can’t find a website with samples of their work, move on!
Ask for a list of references. A good home stager always has references from clients and Realtors they’ve worked with and will happily supply you with them.
Make sure they give you all the prices up front so there are no surprises.
Always inquire about a timeline. If the job isn’t done in the timeframe specified, will the stager be charging you more or completing the work as promised at no additional cost? Again, always be on the lookout for hidden costs not agreed upon.
If you’re renting accessories: art, pillows, silk plants, centerpieces, bed linens, etc, you should know up front how much this will cost. If they can’t give you an exact price because it depends on the length of time you’ll be renting their inventory, ask how they determine their pricing so you’ll have an idea of what you’re being charged be it daily/monthly or whatever system they use as it does vary.