Got a cold call from a stager....
Well, the realtors aren't beating down my FSBO door, but a woman who said she was a professional stager called me this morning. She said she looked at our website (so she's seen the interior rooms) and offered to do staging for 1% of the sales price if it sells in 60 days, no charge if it doesn't sell in that time frame. She said she'd work with what we had, not make any additional purchases.
I asked her for some specifics on what she'd do, and when she responded with generalities (re-arrange furniture, move art), I pressed for some specifics, wanting to assess her abilities. She said she'd move the art in the master bedroom closer to the chair and floor lamp so it looked cozier. (Cynical me: yeah, and that will make more people come and look at my house??)
I'm feeling ambivalent: on the one hand, it's free if we don't sell in 60 days (it's a strong probability that we won't, just because the market in our price range is slow), so what have we got to lose? On the other hand, if she's not going to add any furniture or accessories, is that really going to change the look of the rooms that much? We're plenty decluttered to the point of sparse-ness, and I think we've optimized all the rooms' furniture arrangements with the help of GW. She might be surprised to turn up and realize there's not much in the "stuff you already own that we can put somewhere" category. :-)
And 5 grand? Really? For not adding anything? If I did bite, I'd definitely negotiate the price down.
What think you all?