Can't Somebody Else Do It?Professional home stagers make the process easier for busy homeowners, either by walking you through what to do, or by actually doing it. As Veto points out, "A stager could make a difference in the time it takes to sell your home, plus it may get you more money." Schwarz, the self-described "inventor of the industry," says that for hands-on clients, she goes through the house and prepares a room-by-room report, with specific suggestions for improvements. "I tell them exactly what to do," Schwarz says. "Move the sofa across the room, swap the coffee table in the living room with the one in the family room, buy yellow roses with ferns and put them in your white vase on the mantel before the showing. They can follow the report and do it all themselves." She says the average consultation costs about $375.
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