If you are putting your house on sale soon, you are probably aware that potential buyers are going to check it check from every single angle. For that purpose, you need to awe them and leave them with an impression that will make them seriously consider buying the house. To do so, you need to stage it appropriately so that it appeals to as many people as possible. I am talking about home staging, of course. But what is it that you should know about this visual representation of the home? I am not going to tiptoe around it; it will cost you… a lot. But is it worth it? Let’s go over the whole concept.
The average price for staging consultation is $300 to $600 and then from $500 to $600 per month per staged room. However, the bigger the hose, the more staging furniture is used, so the cost will also be higher. For example, if a 2.000-square-foot home is staged, that would probably cost around $2.000 to $2.400 a month. What is more, the professional staging designers will ask you to sign at least a three-month staging contract, which will be active during that period of time, even if you sell the house in just a week. The costs, in this case, will be huge because you would have to pay for staging that you are not even using.
A facilitating condition is when the staging designers make use of the furniture you already have. In such cases, there won’t be any need to pay for renting staging furniture. However, creating a magical experience with what you already have is, to say the least, limited. But, if you still want it staged with your furnishing items, the staging designer can suggest buying several accessories, including fresh towels, flowers, fruit or other small decorative elements that will freshen up the place.
One more thing regarding the necessary costs – the need of repainting the walls. It is essential that the walls are freshly printed because they are a huge factor in getting the home-like vibe from a home that is selling. If you decide to do it yourself, it would cost you about $200, but if you leave it to the pros it will probably be around $600-700.
Is It Worth It?
There is a statistic that says that staged houses sell 88% faster. However, it all depends on how much time should your house be staged and how often will you change the staging design. If your house is not sold in two months, you might need to change the staging design, which will cost you the same money all over again.
If you are looking to avoid such a high staging house for sale cost, there is another alternative that has worked the recent years perfectly. You can have your home virtually staged and have fantastic looking at photos of your home with virtual furniture that can be done in many styles as you want. Plus, the fact that over 92% of people start their journey for finding a home online, all you need is a quality image to spark interest. In this way, you will save thousands of dollars and time and energy. At the end of the day, one photo digitally staged costs from $30 and up to $100. Nothing more.