When you decide you want to use a home stager, you need to get prices. Most home staging businesses are willing to give you a free estimate. Some even have a pre-set fee schedule they can provide you to give you a sense of available options and their fee variations. Usually these schedules are to help give you someplace to start; keep in mind nearly every home staging (and the most effectve ones) are customized in some way.
As with any professional service, pricing your home staging can greatly vary between providers. Some stagers charge an hourly rate and some will charge you a set fee for the entire job. There is usually a significant price difference in staging homes, which are occupied and already have furnishings, and unoccupied properties, which are often empty.
Professional stagers factor in the condition of your home, the materials they need to use, the scope of work they will be involved in to prepare your home for sale (an example would be choosing paint colors for rooms which need painting, selecting new light fixtures to be replaced and other proven, cost effective, updates to maximize your selling price) and the asking price of your home.
Listing price is a primary factor in determining what a homeowner should be willing to pay for home staging services. Many professional home stagers bring in a variety of model-grade furnishings which ideally reflect both the price point of the home and it's architectural style. Congruence in materials based on the asking price is critical for creating an effective stage!
A professional stager will respect the seller's budget and make recommendations which best maximize the appeal of the home within that budget. The best stagers will always let the seller know where their investment will pay off and what makes the most sense.
Occasionally home staging may not even be the right option for a particular property. Properties which are very outdated throughout and which need complete rennovation are usually poor candidates for staging.
Home staging can increase a home's selling value by 5-20%! That kind of result requires expert services and comes at a price. Professional stagers balance the staging costs with the benefit of higher selling prices and shorter market times. Staged homes not only sell for more but they sell an average of 83% faster than non-staged homes.
As a rule, the higher the asking price of the home, the more one should expect to spend to have it professionally staged. And if done well, isn't a cost, it is an investment...which by definition returns more than spent in myriad ways.
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