Saturday, April 18, 2009

For the Real Estate Professional

Free Consultation or Sales Call – What’s in a Name?

How Home Stagers describe their services may mislead some into thinking they are getting something for nothing.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are no free lunches. These are just a few of the lessons life teaches. So what is a free consultation? Since Home Stagers charge for their advice, I have to conclude that “free consultation” is code for “sales call”.

    “A real professional will charge you for the initial consultation. Be suspicious of anyone willing to come to your home and give you a free estimate. Home Stagers should be charging for their time and their expertise; if they aren't you should question the quality of the information you receive,” warns Debra Gould, home staging expert and President of Six Elements Inc.
AtWell Staged Home keeps it simple and bills all services by the hour. We always begin with a 2-3 hour working consultation. At the end, home sellers know exactly what’s needed to prepare their home for sale. The seller then decides how much work they will do themselves or if they would like further assistance from AtWell Staged Home.

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