Frequently Asked Questions about DIY property staging
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USING THE USTAGE GUIDE AND A PROPERTY STAGING COMPANY?
There are two major differences: firstly, the Guide is a DIY solution designed for you to undertake the tasks yourself and therefore save money. Utilising a staging company where they do the staging for you, comes with a higher price tag. Additionally the Ustage does not focus on surface styling alone as a staging company does. Instead, the Guide DIY Guide encompasses the entire presentation of the property, permitting our consultants to impart their expertise and make suggestions for high-impact improvements.
I DON'T WANT A BIG PROJECT - HOW MAJOR WILL THE CHANGES BE?
Renovating bathroom/ kitchen
Knocking out or changing walls, windows, doorways
Adding water features
The suggested changes will be within the capabilities of most people, like changing a door handle or painting, replacing a mailbox or tidying the garden. However, we do make some suggestions like changing a light fitting where you do need a professional for the job.
STYLING VS. STAGING - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
‘Staging’ is presenting your property to look its absolute best by making changes that highlight the best features of your home and minimizing the ones that could turn potential buyers away, or lead to a the lower than expected selling price. Staging can encompass light fittings, door handles, paint, doors, fixtures and fittings – but not full structural renovations. Styling is more about the soft furnishings, rugs, carpets, ornaments, pot plants, accessories – pillows, throws, etc. You can employ professionals to stage your property OR you can put yourself in control by doing the changes yourself using your tailored Ustage Guide. More than just suggesting some nice pillows and throws, your Ustage Guide will help turn your beloved homeback into a house ready for sale.
WHO IS THE USTAGE DIY GUIDE FOR?
The Guide is for sellers who have the capability to stage and style their home themselves but don’t know where to start or what changes to make and would like to improve their property’s value by making key changes. We provide a step by step guide on how to style your home without the “in-home stylist” price tag. We make suggestions and offer advice, creating impactful eye-catching changes to your property that YOU can undertake. These actions include painting, replacing light fittings or door handles, to name a few. We offer the best course of action on how to present your property, by ensuring all unsightly problems such as mould and damaged areas are repaired. If the suggestions are beyond your capabilities we can help with trades and also “TakeAway” options.
WHO IS IT NOT FOR?
The Ustage Guide is not suitable for properties requiring a full transformation, total renovation. The advice we offer is not about gutting your property and tearing down walls . Our suggestions are purely cosmetic resulting in impactful changes, refreshing and updating the look of your home. It is also not suitable for brand new properties. In this instance, you would require a property staging company. Please contact us if you require recommendation for such services.
HOW DOES THE USTAGE GUIDE WORK?
When making your booking, you are able to select a time and date suitable for you, noting that payment is required at time of booking. You will then receive an email confirming your booking, and you will also receive a call to reconfirm a day or two before the scheduled day and time. The Ustage stylist will conduct a complete tour and assessment of your property. During this time, they utilise our specially designed, state of the art software to create your Guide. Once your personalised staging Guide has been created onsite, they will then explain the finer details demonstrating how the Guide works. Once you are satisfied, they’ll email it to you then and there.
IS IT EASY TO USE THE USTAGE GUIDE?
Yes, it is extremely easy! The Guide will be divided into each room/area of your property , enabling you to focus on one area at a time. The Guide also includes check boxes for you to track your progress. In addition to this, we also include which suggestions are crucial and indicate those that are optional, as well as the level of difficulty.
DO I HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING THAT IS IN OUR USTAGE GUIDE?
No, you are in full control. The choice is yours as to which tasks you would like to tackle, however, we do add icons alongside the items which are critical to change or update. It would be imperative to action those changes in order to reach your goal.
YOU REFER TO INTERACTIVE LINKS, WHAT ARE THEY?
We include links in the Ustage Guide which will lead you to tutorials or in-depth explanations to best illustrate to you on how to perform certain tasks.
IF THERE ARE JOBS WE CAN'T DO, HOW DO WE CONTACT TRADES PEOPLE?
We provide a list of service providers for your convenience. You are under no obligation to utilise their services and by all means, you can use your own trades people where applicable. Also, feel free to talk to your consultant about any additional help you might need. Our consultants also offer additional services to help you through this process, please contact your consultant directly, their contact details will be displayed on the Guide.
I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT STYLING, SO HOW WOULD I GO ABOUT THE DIY STYLING PART OF THIS PROCESS?
Each room in the DIY Guide will have a styling section and in that section, we clearly illustrate how to style that room or item. For example, a bedside table – we will give you an illustration of exactly how to style it, as well as as real life image to help you style it like a pro.
HOW WOULD I KNOW WHERE TO PURCHASE THE ITEMS YOU SUGGEST?
With most of the suggested items, we include links to retailers who stock the suggested items or similar products. If what you don’t like our suggested item, at least you have an idea of the kind of item that will be suitable for your property. If you don't want to purchase items, whe have created a very affordable styling options for items like soft furnishings, art, plants and accessories, view our TAKEAWAY STYLING page for more info. In addition to that, we will also create a quote for the larger pieces of furniture that you might want to replace.
IS THIS A STANDARD DOCUMENT OR IS IT CUSTOM CREATED?
The Ustage Guide is custom-made specifically for your property. Think of it as a fingerprint. Each finger print is unique, the same principle applies to properties.
WHAT DOES THE USTAGE GUIDE LOOK LIKE?
We have create a snapshot of the DIY Property Staging Guide.
HOW WILL I RECEIVE THE USTAGE GUIDE?
You will receive an email with a link where you can download the Ustage Guide immediately. As there are numerous illustrations and images included in the Ustage Guide the file size is large, so please be patient during the download process as it can take a couplel of minutes.
HOW SOON AFTER THE CONSULTANT’S VISIT WILL I RECEIVE THE GUIDE?
You will receive your Guide as soon as the consultant has completed the assessment of your property.
DO I HAVE TO BE AT THE PROPERTY WHEN THE CONSULTANT VISITS?
Yes, we prefer you to be there to ensure you have no unanswered questions and to personally explain the mechanics of the Guide to you. If you are unable to be there, alternative arrangements may be made, however, please mention that in the booking notes, when you make your booking.
DO I HAVE TO WALK WITH THE CONSULTANT WHILE SHE IS DOING THE SITE INSPECTION?
No – sit back and relax! Our consultants work best when there are no distractions, enabling them to focus entirely on your property and making certain everything has been assessed.
HOW LONG IS THE SITE INSPECTION?
It depends on the size of your property. Smaller properties usually take approximately 1.5-2 hours and larger properties approximately 2.5 hours to complete the inspection.
WILL THE INSPECTION INCLUDE ALL ROOMS/AREAS OF THE PROPERTY?
Yes. Your Ustage Guide will cover the whole of your property inside and outside (gardens, outdoor area etc) – everything the potential buyer will view.
WHO CAN I CONTACT IF I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE USTAGE GUIDE?
If you have a question after you have received the Guide and it pertains to the Guide, you can email your consultant directly, their email address will be on the Guide. If it is a general question and you can’t find the answer on our website, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW DO I BOOK A CONSULTANT?
You make a booking through our easy online booking system – click here to make your online booking.
HOW DO I PAY FOR THE GUIDE?
When you make your booking online, we have a secure payment option.
HOW MUCH DOES THE USTAGE GUIDE COST?
The Guide ranges between $399 - $599, depending on the size of the property. View this page for BOOKINGS