Occupied vs. vacant
The most significant cost factor for staging a home is whether that home is vacant or occupied. Vacant homes generally cost more to stage because the professional must provide furnishings and decor to create a welcoming environment for potential buyers or spark the interest of online shoppers. You may have the best house on the block, but if it’s vacant and doesn’t look good on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) online real estate portal, buyers may just click right past your listing. Think of your real estate photos as you would your online dating photos — you want to put your best foot forward. Some home staging professionals have warehouses with stock furniture and decor they use to stage houses. They can pull traditional, transitional, modern, or rustic furnishings and decorations depending on the target demographic and the architecture of the home. Typically, home stagers use neutral color palettes to appeal to a range of tastes and styles. If the professional doesn’t already have furnishings and decor items on hand, they will select and rent the necessary furniture and pass the cost on to you. If movers are hired to transport heavier items such as beds, dinner tables, large rugs and couches, the cost of that labor will also be factored into the home stager’s quote.
When a home is occupied, the home stager will typically work with the buyer to plan how to stage as many rooms in the home the buyer desires, or as their real estate agent or the home stager recommends. The home stager may consult with you and offer recommendations that you then implement, or — for a higher fee — the home stager and their crew can work on-site to physically do the work for you, moving furniture, packing up excess decor and artwork, and rearranging items as needed.
Whether a home is vacant or occupied, most staging begins with a consultation. After you and the home stager have agreed upon a fee, the stager will visit your home, assess what needs to be done, and work with you to create an action plan. You can then either work to execute the plan on your own or hire the home stager to complete it for you. The consultation could include everything from guidance on home decor and furniture arrangement to recommendations on home improvements like painting the front door or repairing broken blinds that you didn’t even remember were broken because you see them every day.
Staged 2 Sell Properties, LLC offers options for home staging and design. References of success stories of home sellers who can verify their home sold immediately after it was staged after it had been on the market for sale for some time with little to no activity. Also, the showing activity from real estate agents picked up dramatically once the home was staged and pictures were updated online. If you don’t have good pictures you won’t attract buyers and having a home that looks warm and cozy that buyers can picture themselves living in.
Contact Staged 2 Sell Properties: 706-553-4560
Nathan Fitts 706-455-9968
Paige Earles 404-219-1393