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4. Bunny on a Budget
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  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"I worked with Carolyn to decorate my new home. I had some pieces of furniture and artwork I wanted to incorporate from my last home, but needed to buy most items. She EXCEEDED my expectations with her creativity, patience and enthusiasm. I think what I appreciated the most was her willingness and ability to explain WHY she liked an idea or design concept and what makes a concept work or not work. I had some very definite ideas about what I wanted, but not how to make it all happen; and then there were times when I didn’t know what I wanted and she never lost patience with me when we were trying to figure it out. If I didn’t like one of her ideas, she never took it personally. She would just come up with another one! My tastes and ideas tend to be out of the box. I needed to be reigned in on some of my ideas and she took the most important ones to me and went running with them. She was very budget conscious, an expert shopper online and in stores, and creative enough to design custom furniture and repurpose other pieces when we couldn’t find what we needed. She was a calming presence through the ups and downs of the process. She got me to think beyond my ideas and taught me a great deal. The synergy between us created something spectacular! We still have some finishing touches to buy which is why I’m not attaching some photos now. I hope to be able to come back and do so later. I received a message this morning telling me this was my last chance to write her review and didn’t want to let the opportunity go by without sharing how wonderful I think she. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER!"
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What does it mean to stage a home?

Home staging is the real estate strategy of decorating your home to be as marketable as possible to your target demographic. Home staging is done by interior decorators and other design pros hired by the homeowner or realtor, prior to putting a house on the market. Think of it as setting the stage for potential buyers to fall more easily in love with their future homes — and to spend top dollar to get them. It’s likely to be worth the investment: The Real Estate Staging Association reports that staged homes spend 90 percent less time on the market than those that are not staged. Home stagers can also be hired even if you’re not going anywhere. Stagers can consult on new layouts for your current home, much like an interior decorator.

Home staging can take place while you still occupy the house you plan to sell, or when the home is vacant. For an occupied home, the home stager will clear out clutter, rearrange furniture, and bring in decor and furniture as needed to create the perfect environment. Usually an occupied home has far too much of the current owner’s personality stamped on it, which makes it hard for prospective buyers to envision themselves living there. A home stager should neutralize and beautify the space. In vacant homes, a home stager will bring in furniture and decor so that potential buyers don’t walk into an empty house, which can be equally hard to imagine living in as a cluttered, occupied home.


How much does it cost to stage a home for sale?

Nationally, the price for home staging ranges between $750 and $1,500. The price varies based on how many rooms in the house need staging, whether furniture and decor are needed or the stager can work with the client’s belongings, whether the home is occupied or vacant, and the sale price of the home. Occupied homes typically cost less to stage as they are already furnished, and can require less time and resources than staging an empty house. The main tasks when staging an occupied home are rearranging and decluttering. Staging an empty house can be more expensive as furniture and decor need to be trucked in, requiring transportation, physical labor and potential rental fees. Here are some examples of average home staging costs:

  • 2-hour consultation: $200, includes DIY tips and guidance.
  • 1- to 2-hour consultation and design session: $250, including written report.
    • Additional design consulting: $65 per hour.
  • 8 hours of staging an occupied home: $800.
    • Hands-on staging involving moving furniture, hanging and moving art, and decluttering.
  • Starting price for staging a vacant home could be $2,200.
  • A home stager may charge 1 percent of the home’s selling price.
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