Richard Robibero, e-Pro, ABR, SRS, Selling Your Home as if it were My Own! (Panorama R.E. Limited)

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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

If the house is in REAL need of staging, I have the seller pay.

If the house is not chronically ill, I may pay for the consultation.


The seller values WHAT THEY MUST PAY FOR. If the chronically ill house receives FREE consultation, the value of that consultation is cheapened and not as likely to be implemented. The seller does not want to waste THEIR money.

Oct 05, 2015 09:46 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Our sellers pay for staging.  

Oct 05, 2015 11:27 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

I pay for it myself if it is consultation. The seller pays for new furniture etc. 

Oct 05, 2015 10:03 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I typically pay for 1.5 hours of consultation and anything above that is the seller's lookout.

Oct 05, 2015 09:52 PM
William Tierney
William Raveis Real Estate - Cohasset, MA
"The Internet Savvy Realtor"

I have done it two ways, one is to have the seller pay outright (either monthly or the usual 3 mo min) and the other is to offer to credit it back at closing.  The latter I only use for a very high end home, and or I credit a portion to show that I am invested in the process.  However I am very protective of my fees and rarely see the need to contribute.  If your stager is good at their craft, they can usually sell their services.

Oct 05, 2015 09:26 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

our sellers pay for the staging if they want more than what we give them for suggestions....many don't....

Oct 06, 2015 12:53 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

I give my stager a lot of business so she will do an initial visit for free. From there, if it is a great house I will roll the staging fees into the commission charged. But sometimes I have the seller pay.

Oct 06, 2015 12:48 AM
Jeanne Feenick
NextHome Premier - Basking Ridge, NJ
The Agent you choose REALLY does make a difference

Glad to read this input - a question I have been asking myself as well. 

Oct 05, 2015 10:25 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for the question. I will look for the answers.

Oct 05, 2015 10:07 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

The client pays for this.

Oct 12, 2018 09:59 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

I recommend to agents that call me that they "suggest a 2 hr. staging consult" NOT pay for one. They suggest that the sellers call and pay me for the consult. I find better results when the homeowners pay. They listen better and take suggestions more seriously when they are invested in the process.

Oct 06, 2015 04:03 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

Sellers pay for staging. My stager provides a free consultation. Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041 nailed it. The more FREE we provide the more we cheapen what we bring to the table. 

Oct 06, 2015 03:25 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

I've simplified this for space, it's a little more detailed when presented:

For referred clients:

If I can't get FREE, then I pay for 1 hour...typically I use the same stager so it's FREE unless there's a big commute.

Then, if they hire it done, I offer a "coupon" rebate on a %, based on the current days on market average; earned through close of escrow.

For "sign call" prospects:

If I can't get FREE, then I pay for 1 hour. (same deal both scenarios).

Then, if they hire it done, they pay. But, I share if they refer me two clients before we close escrow, I'll rebate a % as a thank you.

I offer clients a FREE 3 hour house cleaning with my cleaning lady, if they go with the stager. Most people turn this down believe it or not, citing they have their own lady or crew they prefer, but it's still heard as value added from my services.

Oct 06, 2015 01:06 AM