Home Staging Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Phillips Staging & Design so effective in helping to sell Boise homes & rentals faster while making more money?
We understand the real estate market and what motivates someone to purchase one Boise, Eagle or Meridian home over another. We know that a home buyer in Kuna will be attracted to a different style of home than a buyer in the North End, and we stage accordingly. With years of hands-on experience, as well as designing apartments and rentals for sale, it gives us the special ability to discern exactly what each property needs. Our goal is to make your home appealing and desirable to the largest number of potential buyers. The staff at Phillips Staging has the experience of many staging projects behind them to make that happen.
What areas do you work in?
- Boise: North End, Downtown, Foothills, Columbia Village & Others
- Greater Treasure Valley & Ada County
If you would like us to stage in an area not listed, call us to check our availability.
Do you own all the furniture and accessories you use for your Boise home staging projects?
We own all our own furniture, accessories, lamps, silk plants, throw pillows, bedding, artwork and a large number of Persian rugs. We also own a number of antiques and unique pieces of furniture. This allows us to choose from the greatest selection of furniture styles and price points, to best enhance the particular style of your home.
Is Phillips Staging & Design insured?
Yes, we carry aggregate liability insurance and all of our staff members are covered by Workers’ Comp insurance. Regardless of what staging company you hire, make sure that they are insured for liability and that their employees are covered by Workers’ Comp insurance for your protection and peace of mind.
Do you stage vacant homes?
Yes, vacant homes are one of our areas of expertise. From condos to cottages to estates, 1,000 square feet to 12,000 square feet, we have staged many vacant properties with great success. Be sure to check out our home staging photos in the Portfolio section of this website.
What is included when you stage my home?
Everything that is included in your staging package will be clearly spelled out in our contract. Each project is different, depending upon the budget and other parameters determined in our first meeting. Generally speaking, all the furniture, accessories, artwork, plants and bedding used to give your home that model home feel are included. All the labor to install the furniture and accessories, and to take it away once your home sells, is included in the cost of the staging. Other services, such as cleaning or painting, can be arranged as well for an additional fee.
Does having my home staged guarantee that my home will sell?
Staging doesn’t guarantee your home will sell, but it does give it a better chance. When you put your home on the market, you have entered it into a beauty contest. The most beautiful homes are the most desirable and usually sell the fastest. Staging by Phillips will maximize the home’s appeal to as many buyers as possible. The more appealing your home is, the more likely it will sell.
Who pays for home staging?
In most instances, the homeowner pays for staging their home. The homeowner is the one that stands to benefit the most if the home sells quickly or for more money. The homeowner will keep approximately 94% of the proceeds when a home sells, while all the Real Estate Agents involved in the home’s sale split 6% (assuming a 6% commission) of the proceeds. Additionally, the condition of your home when it is on the market is the homeowner’s responsibility, just as it was while you were living in it.
What rooms do you recommend we have staged?
The most important rooms to stage are the Entry, Living Room, Kitchen, Dining Room, Family Room (if the home has one), Master Bedroom & Master Bath. These are the key rooms that home buyers focus on and have the highest expectations of. We may also recommend staging a home office or children’s bedrooms.
How long does staging take?
The physical act of staging, when you work with Phillips Staging & Design, typically only takes a day, regardless of the size of your home. Once your contract is signed and we receive payment, we require as little as 3 business days to prepare for staging your home. Our currently booked jobs will determine our availability.
When should I stage my home?
You should stage your home before listing it on any MLS. Once your home has been staged it will photograph better, thereby looking better on the MLS and in marketing & brochure photos. According to the National Association of Realtors, more than 90% of potential home buyers now start their search for a new home on the internet (NAR). Better looking photos mean more potential buyers will be interested in spending their time to see your home. Don’t waste the opportunity the first open house presents by allowing prospective buyers see your home when it has not been prepared to show at its best. The first open house usually generates the most interest and has the most showings. Make sure you are making your best first impression when it really counts.
Does Phillips Staging & Design always do all the work, or can I hire you as a consultant and do the work myself?
We will do as much or as little work as you would like. If you want to do the work yourself, we can provide a consultation and outline the necessary changes. Or you can hire us to do the entire job, while you sit back and relax. Prepare to be awed by the results!
How do we get started?
Call us to arrange an appointment for an estimate (208) 994-2534 or click here to request a home staging estimate.
o We will make an appointment to see your home, make notes and take photographs.
o We will then prepare an estimate, which will be emailed to you or your Listing Agent, usually within 2 business days.
o Once you accept our estimate we will email you a contract. Upon receiving a signed contract and payment from you we will begin to prepare for your staging by selecting the perfect furniture and accessories to enhance your home.
o On the scheduled staging day we show up at a prearranged time to install the furniture and accessories that will make you home look picture perfect.
o Once staging is complete, we provide your Listing Agent with “after” photographs of your home to be used on the MLS and in printed marketing materials*.
*Photos not provided in some areas. Photos only provided with full staging package