Who pays for the staging – the homeowner or the real estate agent?

In some cases the real estate agent pays for the initial consultation. Some realtors will reimburse the owner for the consultation fee only once the home is sold. However, many owners and realtors look upon it as another fee just like a home inspection or a real estate lawyer. If staging is not brought up by the other party when the home is listed, it is strongly recommended that one of the parties gets the dialogue going. Owners should keep in mind that realtors might be afraid to suggest staging because they think their client would be insulted, and they don’t want to endanger the relationship. Realtors should keep in mind clients want to sell or rent the home probably more than they do, and would be willing to seek the objective advice of a professional home stager.

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