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4. Joe Whisnant Design
from 3 reviews
  • 28 years in business
"I have been and continue to be affiliated with Designer Joseph Whisnant of Joe Whisnant Designs since 2002 to the present. Joe Whisnant is a joy to work with particularly, but collaborate with specifically. We have completed numerous projects in two different homes. Joe’s designs evoke your vision above and beyond your dreams. Any idea that can be conceptualized, Joe can deliver. He transitioned my first home in NC into a peaceful, coastal oasis with the warmth of customized silk draperies for the living room and dining room respectively. In addition, the faux finishes of the cabinetry in the kitchen and bathrooms were noteworthy. When my husband and I purchased our second home, Joe played a significant role in the transformation of the new home and staging of the 1st home, which ultimately was the reason for the sale. In the new home, Joe was instrumental in the painting of the master bedroom, redesigned the cornices in the guest bedroom, customization of the furniture and draperies in the sitting room. When the holidays arrive, Joe transforms the mantles that are superbly decorated, like something out of Southern Living Magazine; the Christmas trees that are thematic in nature, as well as the front entrance at the street level and the doors. All of which are visually stunning. Overall, Joe Whisnant Designs has made living in my homes something wonderful, straight from the cover of the most popular decorating magazines. What a great designer!"

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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