Please expect the staging appointment to take between 1.5 – 3 hours.
Our stager is Debbi Heafitz. We have been using her for over 10 years. She is an expert at
staging homes so that buyers can see themselves living in them. She may suggest things that
do not make sense to you, but they may make sense in terms of photography and a buyer’s
perspective. The important thing to realize is that your home will probably not be “staged” the
way that you live in it and that we are setting your house up to be very competitive with other
homes on the market that have also been staged to appeal to the widest range of today’s
At the end of the staging appointment, the stager is paid by the homeowner with a check
payable to “SpaceLifts”. Her fee is $150 per hour. Greater Boston Home Team will reimburse
you for the staging, up to $375, at the closing.
Debbi will suggest ideas on how to make your home seem larger and brighter and more
appealing to buyers. She will go room to room, giving her advice on what to remove from the
room or reposition in the room. She will use your furniture and decorations to stage each room.
If she feels that anything else is needed, she will suggest cost-effective options.
Anything you know you don’t need for daily use should get stored in the basement, or other storage area.
We suggest having a few empty containers available on each floor of the home, so as we go room
to room with the stager, you can remove the smaller items that Debbi suggests need to leave
the room and place them in the containers immediately, ready for transport to the basement or
elsewhere when the appointment is over.
If there are any furniture/items that you are planning to give to family members, or sell, or
donate to charity, please mark them with sticky notes before the staging appointment if possible,
so we know those will be removed from that room (put into storage or leave the house
completely) before we take the listing photos. If you can remove those items from the house or
put them into storage/basement before the appointment, that would be very helpful.
We will try to help you reposition smaller items around the room as Debbi makes
suggestions, and we can help rearrange smaller lighter furniture. We can not move heavy or
awkward furniture. If heavy furniture needs to be moved, you will need to arrange for help to do
that after the staging appointment.
Debbi will attend the staging appointment with a GBHT team member. Plan to take lots of
Debbi’s suggestions for each room. We will not have the house fully staged and ready for
photos by the end of the appointment, but we will have a detailed list of what items need to
leave each room, and what tasks need to be done in each room to finish the staging to prepare
for the listing photos. We will send you the list within 2-3 business days of the appointment.
If possible, we suggest that you have a few packs of different colored sticky notes, and a pen,
for the staging appointment. You can use the different colors notes to stick on any items or
furniture that will be given to family/friends, or to be sold, or donated to charity. We suggest
different color notes for each category; SELL, DONATE, or FAMILY/FRIENDS. When the
appointment is over, you will easily be able to group the items with similar color sticky notes to
go to the same places.
If there are any furniture/items that you are planning to sell, donate to charity, or give to family
members before putting your home on the market, please mark them with sticky notes before
the staging appointment if possible, so we know those will be removed from that room (put into
storage or leave the house completely) before we take the listing photos. If you can remove
those items from the house or put them into storage/basement before the appointment, that
would be very helpful.
As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.