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Home staging key to selling

4. Where to find a stager
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You want someone who has experience staging properties in your neighborhood to the market you're targeting, says Brodnax. A portfolio should include pictures of the stager's previous work, as well as photographs of any inventory the stager has available to put in your home.

StagedHomes.com, a staging education company founded by Schwarz, offers an accreditation course; those who complete it get the ASP -- Accredited Staging Professional -- designation. Trade associations such as the IAHSP and the RESA can also be starting points for finding stagers in your area.

Once you narrow your selection down to two or three stagers, interview them, hear what they propose to do to your home and listen to your gut. "Personality matters," says Schwarz. "You want a personality that fits with your personality."




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