Helpful Tips on Finding a Great Home Stager

Tips to Finding a Great Home Stager. IProFound Interview with Mary Ann Benoit of Northern Lights Home Staging and Design
How to Find a Great Home Stager

Looking for Helpful Tips on Finding a Great Home Stager? Watch this video to help you consider what to look for.

Selling a home today often comes down to first impressions. People want to know how to sell their house fast and for top dollar!  What’s the secret to making a property outshine everything else on the market?  A house needs to first attract buyers online with great photos that make them want to see it in person. Once inside, a buyer can then make an emotional connection with the property.  The secret… is home staging!

Finding the right person to stage your home is easy if you know what to look for!  Hire a professional stager with education, training, experience, and a great reputation.

A great home stager can help you sell your house fast and for more!
A great home stager can help you sell your house fast and for more!

Here are a few tips to finding a great home stager to make your house look fabulous, both online and in person so it will sell fast and for more money.

Visit their website and social media pages. They should look professional and project a dynamic business with frequent updates on current work. Not having a web presence could mean they are not an industry professional.

Verify their education, training and experienceThere are no legal requirements for education or training in the home staging industry. “Certifications” only mean a person has taken a course and is “certified” as having completed it.  Do they have extensive training in home staging? Do they have an education in Interior Design? Do they have experience? If a realtor offers staging, are they trained to do so?

Ask to see their portfolio.  Look at before and after photos from their past staging jobs. Is there a big difference?  Do the after pictures convey a home that is warm and inviting? Would it be easy for a buyer to picture themselves living there?

Check out their online reviewsWere other home sellers or realtors happy with the results, and did they enjoy working with the stager?

Finally, understand the costs. Staging typically costs less than 1% of a home’s value, providing a nearly 300% return on investment.  A low-cost stager may cost you tens of thousands of dollars in your first price reduction—much more than you will ever spend on the best home stager.

Northern Lights Home Staging and Design is an award-winning company that specializes in home staging and Interior Design in the communities in and around Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. I’ve received the Best Customer Service Award in 2016-2020 from Houzz, and have many glowing reviews from realtors and home owners.

I have a B.A. In Interior Design, am a graduate of the Staging Diva Home Staging Training program, and am a Certified Color Strategist. I love to help home owners make magic happen by combining my marketing skills with home staging to sell a home fast and for more money.   


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By Mary Ann Benoit

President- Northern Lights Home Staging and Design Owner- Arctic Paradise Bed and Breakfast Artist- Stained Glass, Jewelry and Alcohol Ink Art Wildlife Biologist Director- Kaleido World Percussion and Dance Company Director- Tavus Dance Company of Alaska Lover of music, art, dance and animals.


  1. I love what you said about checking a home organizer’s website and social media pages; you really can get a feel for how professional the person is by their online presence. I think another great reason to take a look at their social media profile is that you can see how they interact with clients online — how they answer questions, respond to reviews, and ask for opinions. Seeing those things could really help you make your decision. We are planning on finding a home stager, so we’ll have to try all of the things you mentioned in this post.

    1. Excellent point on checking their online presence and how they interact with clients! Thank you and best of luck!

  2. We’re moving to our new house in two months and I want it to look great. It’s a good thing I found your post, it just made me consider hiring a home stager. Thanks for the tips! I’d definitely ask to see their portfolio. It’s one way to see what they can offer.

  3. This blog gives a clear idea about Finding a Great Home Stager. I am so inspired by your post. Thanks for such a great information to us.

  4. So on point! Having an experienced professional stager is invaluable! Bargain staging is worse than no staging – if you aren’t going to do it well, don’t waste the money to do it at all. Eliciting an emotional response is why staging works and poor staging doesn’t accomplish that.

    1. That is so right on. The emotional connection is all that matters. There is an art to that and it takes more than a plant and a picture or chair in a room to make that happen. That might give a sense of scale but it is really more distracting when staging is not done properly to save money. Thank you!

  5. Finding a great stager is important! Your tips to help people do that are bang on. As with everything, you pay for what you get.

    1. That is so true, and when you are trying to make the most money possible on what is likely your greatest investment, why save 1K and then lose 20K because of it.

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