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  • Writer's pictureLindsay Durbin

What is a Standard Home Staging Consultation?

I'm so glad you asked! Let's explore the 'what, who when, where, why & how' of our Standard Home Staging Consultation.


An all-encompassing 90-minute "walk & talk" style consultation in which a professional home stager gives a home-seller feedback on what they can do to prepare their home for the market. This consultation reviews indoor & outdoor changes that should be made. There's an emphasis on appeal and making the best first impression to potential buyers in order to profit top dollar and minimize active days on market.

Check out our Standard Consultation Welcome Video below! All of our clients receive this video prior to scheduling their appointment so they are well-informed of the process and know what to expect when we arrive at their home.


Any homeowner who is still living in the home until it sells or leases. Yes - we help with furnished leases, too! After your consultation, you'll have all the answers on what you need to do to prepare your home for the market. PS - It isn't just about furniture & decorating. We cover the not-so-fun stuff, too. Do your light bulbs work? Do your doors open/close properly? Do you need to upgrade that ceiling fan?


The ideal time to have your consultation is about 2-4 weeks prior to listing your home. Remember, it's hard to look at your own home objectively, so you might overlook some key steps in preparations. You need enough time to meet with a stager (sometimes we are booked 1-2 weeks out), discuss the recommendations with your realtor, hire any necessary contractors/cleaners/etc, and then implement the changes that were suggested.

TIP: One of my top recommendations is window cleaning. You will not believe the change that this will make in the appearance of your home - inside and out. If you wait until the last minute, you might not be able to have your windows cleaned or make other necessary repairs. And it's like I always say....

You only get ONE chance to make a first impression


Although we are the experts in the Austin-metro area, we service clients all over central TX. Our in-person service area also includes Georgetown, Buda, Lakeway & Manor. Better yet, we offer a virtual consultation and can reach clients in rural areas such as Lockhart, Blanco, Spicewood, Jarrell & Elgin. We've even helped clients in other states! Learn more here.

*Trip fee might apply to some areas to cover our time, toll fees and mileage


  • Staging helps potential buyers visualize a space. As a general rule, people are not very imaginative. It's hard to judge balance and scale in a vacant room. If you don't have the option of leaving furniture behind for staging, it's best to consult a stager who specializes in vacant homes (we have recommendations for those, too!).

  • A staged home typically spends less time on the market and sells for money, when priced correctly

  • You have nothing to lose by putting your best foot forward - well, other than your first impression! I almost feel nauseated when I hear a homeowner say, "Yeah, I'm just gonna put it on the market and see what happens. Austin is such a hot market, it doesn't matter anyway." - Regardless of the market, you have zero to lose and everything to gain (mortgage payments, increased days on market, delay of necessary repairs, I could go on..) by choosing not to make the best first impression.

2021 NAR Survey on home staging


You can schedule online anytime by clicking here


Need help preparing your home for the market? Don't know where to start? We can help! Contact us at the links above

Follow us on the 'Gram for our latest projects & staging tips @homecraftstaging

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