Q: What Is Occupied Home Staging?

A: Occupied Home Staging is designed for sellers’ who will continue to live in the home while it is on the market. Home Staging is the art of neutralizing a home, and giving it that model home appeal. Home Staging shows your home in it's best light so that it appeals to the largest audience possible. This can be as simple as reducing clutter and reorganizing the space, or as complex as bringing in all new furniture and accessories, or somewhere in between. I'll help clearly define all areas of your home and eliminate those distractions that will keep buyers from seeing and remembering the great features of your house.


Q: Is Home Staging just smoke and mirrors?

A: No smoke and mirrors here. As a homeowner, you are still required to disclose any major flaws of the home that you are aware of. I will create a staging plan that will help to minimize some of the less appealing aspects of the home, while drawing the attention to the great features. An investment in home staging shows buyers that you take pride in your home.


Q: What is included in the Home Staging Consultation?

A: With the home staging consultation, you will receive a home evaluation report, including all notes regarding the suggested updates, repairs, furniture arrangements, paint colors, and decorating suggestions. The consultation generally takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. This service can be in person or virtual if you live outside of my footprint.

Q: What happens after the consultation?

A: You will receive an evaluation report from the consultation immediately following. If you have requested pricing on further staging services or staging rental items, you will receive these within the next day or two unless otherwise advised. 

Q: Do I have to implement all of the recommendations provided?
A: You don’t have to do any of them. However, the more you complete, the better your chances of selling your home, faster and for the most money. 


Q: What is your Photo Styling Service? 

A: My expertise and experience in Photo Styling will show off all of your hard work! Contact me once your photographs are scheduled to arrange this for this service.

Q: Will you return to review the work that we do?

A: I will return prior to the day of photos to review what has been done, what is left to do, and any follow-up questions that you might have. The service is approximately 1 hour and there is a fee for this visit.


Q: Will you bring in all new furniture?

A: I try to work with what you already own as much as possible but sometimes we do need to purchase or rent new items.

Q: How do I know if I should rent?

A: Here are just a few examples of why to rent:

  • Have you removed personal photos from your walls? Avoid leaving the walls bare, and with exposed holes. Artwork rental pieces start as low as $20/piece.

  • Are you a minimalist? In order to provide a warm, welcoming home, we may wish to add some accessories and soft accent pieces to cozy up the home.

  • Do you have old, outdated furniture and/or décor? Give your home an instant update by renting the pieces you need to update the look of your home.

  • Do you have vacant rooms or bare spaces in your home? It’s always a good idea to show every room in your home fully furnished and decorated. This allows potential buyers to visualize the best use of space in each room. 

Q: Why does Home Staging work?

A: Only 10% of people can visualize a space. By neutralizing the space and clearing out the clutter, potential buyers can better visualize themselves in your house. If your home is filled with personal items, clutter, and bold colors, buyers are often distracted and fail to see the potential of the space. Home staging is simply a tool that helps them to see this.


Q: What is Redesign?

A: Redesign uses the same techniques as home staging to help to freshen up your home. Working with what you have, redesign can mean will breathe new life into a room without the expense of a full makeover.


Q: Do you offer any other services?

A: I offer a variety of services from home staging, to color consultations, to decorating and design.

Q: Why should I paint my home before I list it, if the new homeowner is just likely to change it?

A: This is probably the number one question that I get from my clients. I understand that it might seem like a waste if the new homeowner might just change it, but there are a few reasons why this makes sense to do:

If the colors you’ve chosen are bold, it will distract potential buyers from being able to see the potential of the rooms.

A fresh, neutral paint means the new homeowner doesn’t have to paint right away, and gives the home that “move-in ready” look.

It is one of the least expensive updates you can do to your home, with one of the greatest return on your investment.


Q: Why should I spend money on a house I am selling?

A: Your home is generally your biggest investment. Investing in home staging will help to maximize your return on this investment. 


Q: Should I stage before listing my home?

A: Definitely. While it may sound cliché, you only get one chance to make a first impression. When your home is listed, you want to be sure that it is ready to show at it’s best, both in pictures and for showings.


Q: Why should I stage a vacant house? Doesn't the house look bigger when the rooms are empty?

A: Staging a vacant home helps to define the space for buyers. Each room has a purpose, and staging helps to clearly identify this to potential buyers. Empty rooms actually tend to look smaller, and can leave buyers questioning whether or not their own furniture will fit in these rooms. By setting up a room properly, not only can they see that the furniture fits but it will give them the ideal placement, as well as inspire them with the decorative touches.

Q: How much does home staging cost?

A: It varies depending on the how much or how little your home requires. A comprehensive consultation starts at $225. 

Q: What if I don't like the staging items that you bring in?

A: Selection and placement of artwork, furniture, and accessories is at the discretion of RM Interiors and it may not be to your personal taste. While you may voice concerns with any selected items, RM Interiors shall have final say on this. You have hired me for my skills and expertise, and I will ensure that the staging items will be chosen and placed to best showcase your home. We all have the same goal in mind – to sell your house!


Q: My real estate agent says they can do the staging, so why should I spend any more money?

A: Your realtor is busy listing and marketing multiple homes, which is why most choose to work with a Home Stager, in order to allow each professional to focus on their areas of expertise.


Q: How do I choose a Home Stager?

A: If you've landed on my site, it’s safe to say you already found your Home Staging Professional.

Q: Do you have trades workers/suppliers that you can suggest?

A: Absolutely.


Q: Will RM Interiors be available when I need them to be?

A: RM Interiors strives to avoid over-booking in order to accommodate all of our clients needs. This is a full-time/full-service design firm and I will do my best to meet your time-frame, budget, and needs, but thinking of home staging FIRST allows us the time necessary to address all of your home’s needs.

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