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National Average Change Location | View National
$900
Typical Range
$318 - $1,482
Low End
$100
High End
$3,000

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Average Home Staging Cost

The national average home staging cost is $900. This includes furniture and decoration rental. Many homeowners pay between $318 and $1,482. Full furniture rentals can cost $6,000 or more for extended periods.
Professional stagers will arrange decor to highlight your home's strengths and downplay its weaknesses. Some additional tasks that designers may recommend are painting, professional cleaning, refinishing floors, furniture, or cabinets, and upgrading the lighting. These extra tasks are not included in traditional staging but may help your home sell.

How Much Do Home Stagers Charge?

Most home stagers charge between $150 to $600 for an initial two-hour consultation. Then, there is an additional $500 to $600 per month for each room. Houses require staging materials if it is on the market and being shown to clients, which can last a few days to a few months. However, many stagers charge for an average minimum of three months for the decor, even if the house sells quickly.

In total, furnishing a 2,000-square-foot house costs around $2,000 per month. This is based on staging only a few strategic rooms. However, staging doesn't need to be expensive. Many sellers save on costs by paying a stager to rearrange items that they already own. If you're moving out and taking all your belonging, you need to rent some furniture to appear in professional photos.

Home Staging Consultation Cost

The cost of a two-hour home staging consultation runs between $150 to $600. This fee can be a standalone service if the homeowner just needs advice, or it can be included in the final invoice.

Home Staging Cost Per Hour

The home staging cost per hour is between $25 and $150, with an average price of $75 per hour. It is more common for stagers to charge for the initial consultation and per month rental rate.

Real Estate Staging Costs

Real estate staging costs can be included in the listing package so that homeowners don't need to pay anything out of pocket. The prices vary, but agents can take an additional 1 to 3 percent of the listing price to furnish a vacant house. When it sells, the agent can collect the fees at the closing table. On the other hand, some agents include this as a complimentary service for their clients.

Clients who want to save money can pay a stager for an initial consultation. From this meeting, they can get instructions on how to stage the interior as a DIY. Both a full staging job or one-time consultation can also come out of the seller's pocket or be figured into the listing package.

Home sellers often consult their real estate agent about their staging options prior to listing their home. This includes whether they should make it a DIY or find a reputable home staging service in their area.

House Staging Services Price List

In the table below are the main services that are on a typical staging receipt. Depending on the nature of your project, some of these may not be billed.

Home Staging Cost Breakdown

Service Cost
Initial Consultation $150 to $600 for two hours
Rearranging and de-cluttering only $800 flat rate
Service Fees $800 to $1,000 per project
Staging Fee $400 to $700 per room for the first month, which averages $2,000 for initial setup
Furniture Rental $500 to $600 per room per month, which averages $2,000 a month for rental after initial setup

Your project may incur additional charges from other professionals, like professional cleaning, painting, or refinishing surfaces, and other tasks to make your house look great to prospective buyers.

Home Staging Furniture Rental Rates

Home staging furniture rental rates for an entire 2,000 square foot home initially cost around $2,000. While the additional rental fees per month are between $2,000 and $2,400, there is often a 3-month minimum rental period, even if the property sells quickly.

To reduce costs, sellers can stage a 12'x12' room for about $400 to $700 each and then pay a smaller $500 to $600 monthly furniture rental fee after the initial staging fee. Many homeowners choose to stage more than one room, focusing on strategic locations like the kitchen and living room. This amounts to an average initial staging fee of $2,000 and an additional $2,000 in rental fees for each following month.

Cost of Staging an Empty or Vacant Home

The average price to stage a vacant 2,000 square foot, 3-bedroom house costs around $2,000 per month. Included in this cost are the initial design consultation, service fees, furnishing, decorating and removing the items after the job is complete.

However, many stagers charge a minimum 3-month rental period regardless of how quickly your house sells, this price can easily reach $6,000. This expense is typical for vacant houses that need a few strategic rooms staged, such as the living room, kitchen, and master suite.

Cost of Staging an Occupied Home

The cost of staging an occupied home is usually a one-time fee of $800, which includes both rearranging the initial consultation, decluttering, and rearranging existing furniture. Please be advised that if your occupied home also requires rental decor, each room requires a $400 to $700 staging fee with an additional $500 to $600 monthly rental decor charge.

Condo Staging Cost

The cost of staging a condo is the same as staging a single-family home. The ultimate price depends on the number of rooms you need to stage, the touch-ups it requires, and whether it is vacant or occupied.

Staging a Home for Sale

Depending on the condition of your house, staging may involve additional costs related to improving its appearance.

Painting

Painting is a great way to prep your property for sale. This can be done by a professional painter who you hire separately from the staging company, or you can do the job yourself. Some staging companies may also have connections to pros in the area who can paint your home as an added service on the design invoice.

The average cost of painting a home interior is $1,750 or between $380 to $800 for the average 10' x 12' room. The cost of painting the home exterior is $2,800. Choose fresh, neutral colors in a warm hue. Using the same color paint and draperies throughout can save you time and money and make rooms look larger.

For DIY projects, the cost of paint can run anywhere between $10 to $35 per gallon. In general, you can expect one gallon of paint to cover about 350 to 400 square feet, which is the size of three typical 10' x 12' rooms with an average wall height of 8 feet. Also, you need to consider the cost of supplies such as brushes, rollers, paint trays, tarps or drop cloths, painter's masking tape, and ladders. Hiring a professional painter eliminates the need to buy this equipment yourself and make sure the job is done cleanly.

Lighting

Great lighting illuminates the best aspects of your home. Nevertheless, many houses are improperly lit. To brighten your interior, your staging service will aim for a total of 100 watts for every 50 square feet.

If your current fixtures can't supply this wattage, you need to hire a pro to install new lighting fixtures. The cost to install new lighting fixtures averages $460. Meanwhile, if you want to provide discrete additional light, the cost to install recessed lighting is $150.

Don't depend on just one or two fixtures per room either. Make sure you use different types of lighting to enhance your interior, such as:

  • Ambient (general or overhead)
  • Task (pendant, under-cabinet or reading)
  • Accent (table and wall)
  • natural lighting (windows and skylights)

Refinishing or Refacing Cabinets

Homeowners can refinish surfaces or reface their cabinets to improve their house's appeal. Overall, cosmetic repairs such as refacing cabinets and drawer fronts can make your interior look more modern. Refinishing surfaces like hardwood floors restores an attractive shine to your flooring.

By refacing your cabinetry and adding new hardware, you can also increase the value and appeal of your house. The average cost to refinish furniture is $590 per piece, but the price can be lower or higher based on its size and complexity. The average cost to refinish cabinets is around $2,700.

Scratched and faded hardwood floors also take away from a house's appeal. Refinishing your wood floors makes your home look better. The average cost to refinish hardwood flooring is $1,700.

Professional Cleaning

The average cost of maid service is $170. This cost is separate from a typical home stager's service. When the seller is unable to deep clean their home for the photos, it's important to bring in professional help. A clean home makes the best impression online and with buyers during a showing. Cleaning should be done after the staging is complete so that all surfaces are immaculate.

FAQs

Is staging a home for sale worth the cost?

Yes, staging a home for sale is well worth the cost. Staged houses spend 33 to 50% less time on the market compared to non-staged homes. Staged homes also sell for 20% higher. This results in an extra 8 to 10% return compared to non-staged homes.

Why is it important to stage your home?

It is important to stage your home because most home buyers start their search online, looking through photographs of each property. Staged homes can make a better first impression, sell faster and for more money.

Who should pay to stage a house?

The seller or real estate agent should pay to stage a house. To save money, sellers can personally hire a designer to do the adjustments. In other situations, the realtor may offer to pay for staging services as part of the selling package or include the fees in the closing costs.

Is it better to sell a house empty or furnished?

It is better to sell a furnished house so that buyers touring the property can imagine themselves in the home. Staged homes also have shorter listing periods and sell for a higher value.

DIY vs. Hiring a Professional Staging Company

When considering a DIY versus hiring a professional staging company, assess the state of your home and your budget. You might be able to save money by hiring a designer for the consultation before tackling simple repairs and adjustments yourself. Be advised that renting furniture yourself is still a large expense and you would still have to handle the setup and tear down. Also, any complex or large ticket item projects should still be done by a professional.

However, hiring an experienced home decorator to do the work can free up your time, reduce stress and help your house sell quickly and at a higher price. This is because stagers can install and break down the decor themselves.

 

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