What do home stager's charge?
What's the cost?
How do you build an estimate?
Is your estimate binding?
These are but a few of the questions that we hear. Below you will see a copy of an actual estimate. Home Staging prices are a mystery to the average consumer and this consumer "stage fright/price fright" can often stop a client from making contact with our companies. A quick canvass of Home Staging providers in Houston doesn't provide a clue as to what staging services cost (although, we like to say that a professional staging service doesn't 'cost' anything! Home staging is an 'investment' not a 'cost').
Houston Home Staging is often chosen as a service provider because we post our pricing. (visit our website for further information and our Before & After videos www.houstonhomestaging.net ) We currently provide a 90 day installation that is not pro-ratable. After 90 days, our furniture is leased on a month-to-month basis (proratable) using the prices that you see on the estimate.
Your estimate is broken down into two basic categories:
- Product (furniture, artwork, acccessories, etc...) These are fixed prices.
- Services (delivery/pickup, staging, consultations, photography, refreshment station, etc...) These prices vary depending on location, and complexity of the project.
The prices for furniture and accessories are determined by using standard furniture rental calculations (25 - 30% of replacement cost). So a table that is purchased for $100 is rented for $25.
With Houston Home Staging, you only pay for one month of a 90 day furniture rental.
Is our Estimate binding? Houston Home Staging works on a not-to-exceed budget. So, we'll guarantee a not-to-exceed price (in this example we would probably cap the price at $2500). During the creative process, ideas come and go and no two of our stagings are alike. Each is custom designed and installed. Often, while loading a truck for an installation, we find a little something or other, that inspires the use of additional inventory. This method gives each staging project a customized, fresh look. Rather than bother the client with an additional budget request, we just bring along the new item.
So, is our estimate binding? The price is guaranteed, and the major pieces on the estimate are never substituted without notifying the client. Generally, our clients aren't part of the creative process, but (if asked) we can provide photographs of the major pieces that we'll be using.
Typically, a vacant house staging is completed within a week of the initial contact with the client. (Sometimes we're able to turn our projects within 24 hours of the initial contact). At the end of the installation, the staging is photographed, and inventoried. The client receives a final, detailed inventory. Typically, our final inventory exceeds the original estimated amount. But with our not-to-exceed price guarantee there are no surprises. Well, actually there is a surprise: everyone's surprised that we can provide such a great staging for such a little investment!
Tom Scanlon ASP 832.260.3151
Houston Home Staging... a moving experience!