How much does home staging cost?

Average cost in 20149: $580 See National

$160

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$580

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$2,110

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The average cost for a home stager is $580. You are likely to spend between $160 and $2,110 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated April 1st, 2017

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Interior designers and other design professionals offer home staging services that include decluttering, rearranging, or bringing in and staging furniture and decor in a home. Typically people hire professionals to help with home staging in preparation to sell a home, to rent a home out or sometimes to simply restyle a home. Some clients have their entire home staged, and others focus only on certain rooms. Pros can stage living rooms, family rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, master bedrooms, other bedrooms, bathrooms, offices and basements. Homes can be vacant or furnished and any size. Several factors affect the cost of home staging.

Occupied or vacant

The most significant cost factor is a home is vacant or occupied. Vacant homes generally cost more to stage because the professional has to provide furnishings and decor. If the pro doesn’t own these items, they will need to be rented. People hire professionals to stage their empty homes for sale because buyers are more likely to purchase a home if they can envision living in it. The Real Estate Staging Association reports that staged homes spend 90 percent less time on the market than those that are not staged.

Consultation

Whether a home is vacant or occupied, most stagings begin with a consultation. The consultation provides property owners with an action plan. They can then either work to execute the plan on their own, or they can hire the home stager to complete it for them. Purchasing only a consultation is a cost-effective way for DIY types to stage their home with limited professional assistance. Here are some examples of consultation prices:

  • Just Organized by Taya in Houston, Texas: $200 for a two-hour consultation with DIY tips and guidance

    • Clients receive a free, on-site, 30 minute consultation when a four-hour staging session is booked.
  • Staging 2 Sell It in Marshalltown, Indiana: $250 for an initial one- or two-hour consultation and design session, which includes a written report

    • Additional design consulting costs $65 per hour

Occupied

Staging an occupied home typically requires less time from the home stager as well as less financial output because the home already has furnishings. Staging an occupied home generally entails developing a plan to declutter existing furniture and decor, create easy pathways through the home, eliminate odors and earmark small repairs. Clients may opt for a consultation only, or they can hire the professional for a set number of hours to provide hands-on staging, including moving furniture, hanging (or taking down) art and decluttering. Just Organized by Taya charges $800 for a full day of hands-on staging.

Vacant

Staging a vacant home involves creating a vision and then populating the home with furniture and decor that will appeal to the targeted home buyer or renter demographic. Some home stagers have their own storage of furnishings to draw from, while others partner with furniture rental companies. In either case, the cost of staging a vacant home covers transportation and physical setting up of the furnishings. If items are rented, the final bill will include these costs. An example of vacant home staging below: Just Organized by Taya’s starting price for staging a vacant home is $2,200. Costs can be as much as 1 percent of the home’s selling price, depending on the home stager’s level of involvement and the resources required.

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Recent reviews

Unique Home Staging and Design, LLC

BEST PRICING AROUND! Mary is extremely talented and fair. She truly wants to help people out, but she cannot do it at a loss. That said, her pricing was 1/3 of the competitors. And the great pricing doesn't come at a sacrifice to quality. All her furniture looks brand new! Hired her on a Tuesday, home was staged the same Friday, and ready for an open house on Saturday. A successful open house (done for sale by owner) we have 2 solid buyers, one in particular is going to see the home one more time on Sunday and we are expecting an offer soon! Her talent is amazing. She can make rooms feel bigger, make areas feel more cozy, and create a space that truly allows perspective buyers to see themselves living in the house. If your house is vacant, you are doing yourself a disservice unless you contact her! Even if your home is full of your belongings, take a step back, realize she is the pro and let her work her magic with your furniture (I'm pretty sure she offers a service where you use your own furniture, she makes the home appeal to the broadest audience possible)! I have never posted a positive review. I have posted many negative reviews, but never a positive one. Generally if my expectations are met, I'm satisfied with the service but don't feel the need to leave a review so others can take advantage of such a talented person in their respective fields. But Mary completely blew away my expectations, my wife's/aunts/uncles expectations also! From the smallest detail to the furniture placed. This is someone who takes pride in her job! She is more than fair with her customers. And I can almost promise you that your investment in staging your house will pay dividends a quicker sale & higher offer, at least with Mary & Unique Home staging! Could not have a higher recommendation!!!

Wall to Wall Home Staging

Wonderful experience! These stagers came in and did a custom design for my home, answered all of my questions and concerns in person, and were able to fill in last minute when my original plan for staging fell through. Though a little more than I expected to pay at first, it was TOTALLY WORTH IT and filled with value as my home SOLD from the FIRST SHOWING. We had an offer OVER LIST PRICE from the first showing of the house less than 24 hours after listing. The photos of the home looked PHENOMENAL and I cannot express how much value is in the amount paid for staging. Thank you, Barb! You are the best!

Colorado Premier Staging, llc

Teri staged our condo for selling. She did a great job at a very competitive price. The condo sold for 25k over asking price and well above our expectations.