How Much Does Home Staging Cost?

Most professional home stagers are willing to do as much or as little of your home staging as you want. In the Albuquerque, professional home stagers will do a consultation that should cost between $200 and $350, depending on the size of the home. They will come to your home, spend about an hour with you, and prepare a document that will guide you, room by room, through what you need to do to prepare your home for sale. Along with the consultation document, they will also give you a proposal of what it will cost for them to do the work.

If your budget does not allow a full staging, most professional home stagers will work with what you can afford. Rather than doing the staging for you, they will act as a consultant to your project and will visit you several times in order to guide you through the staging. This will substantially reducing the staging fee.

On average, a complete home staging for an occupied house should cost between one and three thousand dollars. This will include accessory purchases  such as mirrors, accessories, bed and bath linen, and window treatments . This fee will include staging the inside and outside of the house. The average cost not only includes the stager's fee, but may also include a window washer, a professional cleaning service and incidental repairs. Home staging is not about renovating, but everything in the house must be in good repair.

If the house is vacant, the cost of the professional staging goes up to a few thousand dollars and includes the rental of furniture and accessories. Typically 2% of the sale of the home should be budgeted for a vacant home. Often, professional home stagers have their own inventory of home furnishings, or they outsource to high-end furniture rental companies.

IS IT WORTH IT?

Many consumers ask themselves if having their home professionally staged is really worth the investment. When compared with the alternative of a reduction in your listing price and your home sitting on the market for months... it is certainly worth it!

Consider this:
The average professional home staging costs between three and five thousand dollars. Professionally staged homes sell in an average of 35 days (compared to 175 days for non-staged homes), according to StagedHomes.com. Most homeowners who are selling their home reduce the price of their home after about a month on the market, and the first price reduction is on the order of ten percent. So on a $200,000 home, the first price reduction is $20,000. If the home had been professionally staged for five thousand dollars and sold within its first month on the market, the homeowner would have been $15,000 in the black. Certainly a good return on investment!