Understanding the intricacies of home staging cost will help every consumer to get maximum value out of their property marketing plan. Many property owners are interested in how much money to allot in their staging budgets when they decide to sell their homes.
Spending nothing at all is not wise, since statistics clearly show that staged homes sell far faster and for more money. Spending too much may make a homeowner feel as if they are losing profits from the sale of their beloved property. Spending just the right amount will help achieve the goal of selling the home quickly and for top dollar, at a cost which is fair and affordable for virtually any homeowner.
This behind-the-scenes resource section is devoted to helping people to learn all about the financial aspects of real estate staging.
Criteria for Home Staging Cost
There is no set price for home staging services. The geographical location, size of the home, staging professional chosen, scope of the project, condition of the housing market and other factors will all contribute to the pricetag. It can be a complicated equation. The criteria which come into play when calculating the cost of home staging includes some or all of the following factors:
- The fees charged by the stager for consultation and design
- Any items which must be rented or purchased
- The cost of delivery or large amounts of heavy furniture moving
- The cost of labor for projects to be handled by contractors
- Ongoing rental costs for furniture until the home is sold
- Defer these costs by the sweat equity that you are willing to invest
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Home Staging Cost Variables
When people ask me, “How much does staging cost?”, the only answer I can provide them with is a series of questions in return:
Who are you going to use to stage the property?
How large is the house?
Are you keeping or replacing some or all of your furniture?
How many new accessories do you need for a cohesive look?
Do you require interior and exterior staging?
Are you looking for a fast sale?
Can you do the work yourself or do you need professional help?
Home Staging Cost Guidance
Ok, so now you know that there is simply no universal answer to the question, “How much will this cost me?” However, it can be noted that most people spend between $1500 and $3000 on professional home staging. This figure is almost useless, since it is a national average and may not be applicable to where you live.
If you live in an inexpensive market, you might be able to get full service property staging performed for about $1000. In New York City or San Francisco, $1000 might buy you an initial consultation with an exclusive home stager and not much more.
See? It is rather complicated. Let me make it really as simple as I can: The best plan is to research stagers carefully before choosing one. Hiring a home stager should be a process, not a snap decision. Get someone who impresses you with their knowledge and represents themselves honestly and professionally. Make sure that your vision and budget aligns with their vision and budget, allowing for obstacles like actually living in your home throughout the sales process, if this is applicable to you.
Remember also that there are high-end property stagers and budget home fluffers. You need to find one who will best enhance the appeal of your most valuable asset, while still respecting your budget and living arrangements. Regardless of what you spend, remember that staging is typically tax deductible.