Staging Advice with Jill Gargus: Staging for every Budget


Homeowners often look at their home subjectively while a Home Stager will look at it through the eyes of a buyer. They are your greatest tool for obtaining the best price for your home.

Your Stager can work within your budget and help you prepare your home to be put on the market. Your home is likely your largest asset, so getting top dollar is very important.

If your budget is small, a “do-it-yourself” consultation might be a great option. Your Home Stager will outline everything you can implement from decluttering and cleaning to updating your furniture and décor. These consultations are typically under $350 depending on the region.

If you are interested in hiring a Stager for a partial or full staging, you will be able to work with them to create a beautiful finished project. Fees for this can range anywhere from $2,500 – $5,000 depending on the scope.

You can also go for the gusto and renovate. This would start with a consultation to assess the needs of your home. New flooring, paint, lighting, countertops, landscaping and the full renovation of your kitchen and baths, could be suggested. These can be real money makers depending on your market, however they often go beyond the timelines you plan for and exceed the budget you have set aside.

For this type of renovation it is best to ask many questions and shop around for a Home Stager who can produce a portfolio, is insured and qualified, and can supply reliable contractors.

To make your home market-ready, research and plan ahead and you will set yourself up for success.


Text by Jill Gargus

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RESA member, Jill Gargus is the owner of Simply Irresistible Interiors, an Edmonton based home staging company. Jill was recently named on of the Top 10 Professional Stagers of the Year in Canada for 2013.

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