Home Staging Cost

The average cost to home stage a home is $1,000 - $8,600​.

In this guide

Cost factors
Pros and cons of home staging
Vacant vs occupied staging
Labor
Home staging tips
Enhancement and improvement costs
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to hire a home stager?

Home staging is when you prepare a house to be listed for sale. It is the process of making the house look and feel more pleasing by placing furniture, rugs, accessories, wall hangings, and other items throughout the space so that the would-be buyer can envision it as a home.

Home staging can effectively sell a residence faster than a non-staged house. A recent National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey revealed that, while a home stager charges 1 to 3 percent of the listing price to professionally stage the residence, you can expect to receive an increased return of 8 to 10 percent when you sell the home. Further research in the United States shows that home staging reduces the listing’s time on the market by one third to one half.

Initially, a home stager will charge two hour consultation that runs from $150-$600 for two hours. A 2,000 sq.ft. single-story vacant home will cost about $4,000 to have every room staged. Once staged, a rental fee of $2,000 per month rental free will be charged.

Cost factors

All home stagers charge a consultation fee of $150-$600 for two hours. There are many factors that must be taken into consideration when determining the price of having a home professionally staged such as the number of rooms. Many people opt to have all rooms of the residence staged but others opt to only have the main living areas such as the living room and master bedroom staged. The home stager will go over the home’s layout and consult with the seller on which rooms require staging. To stage an entire 2,000 sq. ft. house with all new furnishings and decor the home stager will often charge a one-time fee of about $4,000. A monthly rental fee for all of the staging items will average $2,000-$2,400 per month for a 2,000 sq. ft. house. Some people choose to only stage one or two rooms. To stage a 12’x12’ room it will cost $400-$700 to stage and then a monthly rental fee of $500-$600 per month for the furniture and decor items. The rental fee will be charged until the home sells.

Pros and cons of home staging

Pros of home staging Cons of home staging

Higher sale price, up to 20 percent more than a non-home staged residence

A home stager is expensive

Houses that are staged sell an average of ⅓ to ½ faster

Staging a home takes time

A home stager does all the work of creating a visually appealing home for a would-be buyer

Home staging is an unregulated business and requires no certifications

Home stagers are familiar with the market and can transform your home into a hot residence that will appeal to buyers

If you are still living in the home then home staging can be difficult



Vacant vs occupied staging

Vacant home

A vacant house or a home that has been newly constructed typically requires no home staging consultation fees. A home stager will immediately decorate the house to create a pleasing environment for would-be buyers. Staging a vacant 2,000 sq.ft. home costs about $2,200. Once the home has been properly staged, there will be a monthly rental charge of $2,000-$2,400 for all of the furnishing and decor used to in creating the stages look of the home. The monthly rental fee will be charged until the home sells.

Occupied home

If a home is occupied and contains adequate furnishings then most home stagers will charge half the amount of a vacant home to make the residence more visually appealing to buyers. There will be a one-time fee of about $800 to declutter and arrange the house. The home stager will simply use all of the homeowner’s personal belongings to create a visually appealing residence for would-be buyers to view. If a home does not contain adequate furnishings then additional items may need to be brought in.   

Labor

A home stager is a professional who is well-versed in the local real estate market. They know how to create a neutral, home-like environment that is sure to appeal to a buyer. Through artful decorating, they can accent the home’s positives and detract from its negatives. A home stager brings in furniture, wall hangings, rugs, and other items to make a home visually attractive.

A home stager usually charges a consultation fee of $150-$600 for two hours. Home staging can cost anywhere from $2,000-$6,000 for a vacant home depending on its square footage. After staging, the home stager charges a rental fee of $2,000-$2,400 per month for a fully-staged home which means all rooms of the home are staged. The rental fee is charged until the home sells. 

Possible Materials Needed for Home Staging

A home stager includes the cost of all materials used in the home staging 1 process in the final home staging 1 price and the monthly rental fee. Most home stagers will use items such as furnishings, throw rugs, mirrors, plants, silk flower arrangements, lamps, beds, bedding, baskets, afghans, tapestries, wall hangings, and dining ware for dining room tables or dinettes.

Home staging tips

Here are a few home staging tips:

  • Move all furniture away from the walls.
  • Make sure all light sockets have light bulbs.
  • Clean the entire home.
  • Declutter the residence.
  • Consider adding fresh flowers.
  • Paint any rooms that require an update or touch up.
  • Clean all windows and glass.
  • Add items such as mirrors, plants, and floor and table lamps. You can also use bedding, baskets, afghans, pillows, and throw rugs.
  • The home should have ample lights throughout so a would-be buyer can clearly see the home.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Painting: painting the interior of the home helps ensure the success of the staging by giving the room a fresh, clean appearance. The cost charged by a professional painter averages $0.50 to $1.60 per sq.ft. of wall area.
  • Lighting: upgrading lighting throughout a home ranges from $200-$700 depending on the number of fixtures throughout the home. This includes updating any needed light fixtures.
  • Repairs and refinishing: small repairs and refinishing may be required prior to staging the home. Repairs can include fixing loose tiles, repairing plaster 1 work, fixing damaged woodwork, or covering nail holes. Handymen usually charge $100-$300 per project.
  • Cleaning services: to have the interior walls and ceiling fans cleaned on a 1,500 sq.ft. house averages around $900.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Movers may be needed to do any heavy lifting, especially if the home is multistory. Movers usually charge $0.50-$1 per pound to move items.
  • You can opt to save money by only staging the main areas of the home such as the living room and master bedroom. You can also just have a consultation with a home stager to get ideas on how to stage the home yourself. A consultation runs $150-$600 for two hours. To stage a 12’x12’ bedroom you can expect to spend $500-$600 per month for rental of furnishings.
  • Curb appeal is also important and you should tidy up your yard and home outdoors to make it more attractive.
  • Statistics prove that the longer a house sits on the market, the less its final selling price will be.
  • When working with a realtor, you can pay for home staging up front or it can be rolled into your commission fee.
  • If you own a great deal of furnishings, you might want to consider renting a storage unit to hold your belongings and clear the way for a home stager. A 10’x20’ storage unit averages $100 per month.

FAQ

  • How much do you charge for a home staging?

A home stager will charge a consultation fee of $150-$600 for two hours. A 12’x12’ room will cost $400-$700 to stage and $500-$600 per month for rent.

  • How do you stage a house to sell?

The home stager will either move in new furniture items, wall hangings, and rugs or use your own items to create a visually appealing space.

  • How much does it cost to stage your home for sale?

A 12’x12’ room will cost $400-$700 to stage and $500-$600 per month for rental of the home staging items.

  • How much money can you make home staging?

Staged homes sell for 6 to 20 percent more than a non-staged home.

  • Do staged home sell for more money?

Staged homes sell for 6 to 20 percent more than a non-staged home.

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Arlington, TX
+6%
Arlington, VA
+38%
Athens, GA
-9%
Auburn, CA
+6%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Bountiful, UT
-18%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Burlington, VT
0%
Carmichael, CA
+6%
Concord, CA
+30%
Corona, CA
+19%
Davenport, FL
-15%
Essex, MD
+9%
Garland, TX
+8%
Houston, TX
+24%
Huntington Station, NY
+31%
Irvine, CA
+23%
Lathrop, CA
+4%
Lees Summit, MO
+14%
Long Beach, CA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Manteca, CA
+4%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New York, NY
+77%
Oak Ridge, NC
+6%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Prosper, TX
+23%
Riverside, CA
+13%
Rumson, NJ
+52%
Salt Lake City, UT
-6%
Sammamish, WA
-16%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Mateo, CA
+44%
San Ramon, CA
+35%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Tulsa, OK
-14%
Westland, MI
+16%

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