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How Much Does It Cost to Stage My Home?

What is Staging a Home?

Home staging involves decorating your house in an appealing way that will entice prospective buyers to consider making you an offer. However, you might be wondering why you should be spending more money on the property you’re trying to leave. The truth is, spending on decorative appeal can get you more money when your house finally sells. In fact, staged homes sell 88% faster than non-staged homes. Below, we explain how much staging your home can cost so that you decide if it is the right investment for you.

Who Pays the Staging Costs?

Usually, the homeowner is responsible for all staging costs. There are some situations where the realtor might cover the stager’s consultation fee or reimburse the seller at closing for an agreed amount. However, each realtor is different. It’s best to have this discussion with your Santa Clarita real estate agent.

How Much Does Staging Cost?

The more expensive your home is, the more it will cost to properly stage it. Your average stager will usually charge $300 to $600 for the initial design consultation. It can cost another $500 to $600 per month, for each room in the house. According to real estate professional Crystal Leigh Hemphill, “a 2,000-square-foot home would cost around $2,000 to $2,400 a month. Many professional home stagers will also require a three-month minimum contract, so even if your home sells in a day, your final bill can be more than $7,000.

What Costs Extra?

Sometimes, stagers need to purchase new accessories, like fresh towels, flowers, and or fruit. These small touches make a significant difference. Furniture and other accessories can also add to your home’s price tag. This requires heavy lifting and hiring additional help to move furniture, which can cost extra. If your home is completely vacant, you will need to consider the cost of renting furniture and decor items to fill the empty space.

If you have antiques and other valuables, you will need to put them into storage, which tacks on additional rental expenses to your overall staging costs. Painting rooms is an important part of adding to the sale value, but can cost between $200 and $700 dollars per room.

How Can I Save on Home Staging?

To save on your staging expenses, don’t decorate every room in your house. Instead, only focus on the main areas of your home. Spend money on the rooms like your kitchen, living room, dining room, and master bedroom. You can also make your consultation with a home stager brief to save more money. However, the fastest way to save on staging costs is to try to get your home to sell quickly. Having a well-staged home that highlights crucial rooms will help your home move faster and will also increase its value when you finally get an offer.

Are you trying to sell your home? Having trouble getting a fair offer? We can help. Contact our Santa Clarita realtor to discuss what we can do for you.