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How Much Does it Cost to Stage a Home?

The cost to stage a home may not be as high as you may think! If you’re preparing a house for sale, forget what you’ve seen about staging homes on HGTV! The TV shows depicting home staging oftentimes have little to do with the actual world practice of preparing a house for sale.

The first measure you should take includes making an impartial review of your house…

  • Do the windows need a professional washing?
  • Is it dirty?
  • Is it cluttered?
  • Does it look dated?
  • Is it furnished?

A complete soup-to-nuts house staging for an occupied property, on average, ought to cost from $3000 – $5000. It’ll include incidental purchases (accessories, mirrors, bath and bed linen, as well as window treatments when and if absolutely needed). This charge will involve staging the outside and inside of the home. The average price not just includes the fee for the stager, yet also may include incidental repairs, professional cleaning service, and window washer. Home staging isn’t about renovating, yet everything inside the home has to be in good working order.

Is It Worth It?

On average, home staging by a professional will cost between $3,000 and $5,000. According to StagedHomes.com, a professionally staged home sells in an average of thirty-five days (as compared with 175 days for a non-staged home). Many owners of homes who are selling their house decrease the cost of their house after around one month in the marketplace, and the initial price reduction is on the order of 10%. Therefore, on a $200,000 house, the initial price reduction is $20,000. If a house had been staged professionally for $5,000 and sold inside its first month in the marketplace, that homeowner would’ve been $15,000 in the black. Definitely an excellent return on investment!

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