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How Much Does Home Staging Cost in New Hampshire?

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How Much Does Home Staging Cost in New Hampshire?

Even with all the media coverage, Home Staging still remains a mystery for most New Hampshire sellers, with many believing Home Staging is a service they can't afford.

money in handHome Staging is often perceived as expensive, involving all new furniture and major construction...costing thousands of dollars.  Adding to the confusion, many home stagers do not list their fees on their website.  If people have to inquire further to find out how much something costs, they will usually assume it's expensive. 

Home Staging fees in New Hampshire vary.  Some stagers charge hourly, some by square footage, some have half day and full day rates.  Home Staging may involve rental of all new furniture or it may involve using what the homeowner has on hand.  You can hire a stager to do all the work or to do a "walk through" and give you a detailed "to-do" list to complete yourself.

It's not always expensive.  There are levels of service to fit all budgets.  

How much does Home Staging cost in Portsmouth, New Hampshire?

Sharon Tara Transformations charges $200 for a Staging Consult, up to two hours, which provides you with suggestions on preparing and presenting your house for sale.  Furniture placement is addressed and changes are made on the spot when possible.  Any photos taken (Before and/or After) are made available to the seller, at no additional cost.

If any addition time is needed, it is billed at $75 per hour.

Planning to sell your Seacoast home?  There are many beautiful houses for sale in the Seacoast area so you'll need to market wisely to stand out from the competition.  When considering Realtors, visit their current listings online to see their MLS photos. Ask them if they work with a stager.  If they do, visit the stager's website to see photos of their work.  

It's frustrating to hear that a client "can't afford staging" only to see their price reduced $20,000 a short time later.  The longer you remain on the market the more money you will lose to carrying costs and price reductions.

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The question isn't whether you can afford to Stage...

it's whether you can afford NOT to Stage.


Judy Klem
Transition Stage LLC - Shelton, CT
Home Staging, Senior Move Management, Fairfield/New Haven counties

Hi Sharon - This is a very good way of letting clients know that home staging can be tailored to meet just about any budget. Well done! I hit Suggest.

Jul 05, 2011 12:48 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Sharon-excellent approach to getting the word out - it's works that way in Westchester County also-I really wonder why there is so much misconception.  HGTV?

Jul 05, 2011 01:13 AM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

A great post, Sharon, that gives people an idea of what it could cost. I know that lots of people are afraid to even ask because they envision big amounts just to start off with.

Jul 05, 2011 01:13 AM
Scott Hayes
(512) 786-8300 - Austin, TX
Realty Austin, Broker Associate


Your last paragraph really says it all. One hundred and fifty dollars isn't a bad investment is it?

Jul 05, 2011 01:22 AM
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Most of the staging shows on HGTV have a 'crew' coming in and construction of some kind is always involved. It is a misconception because they tackle the project for $1000 but that doesn't include the time for the stager and construction crew. That's why it is a TV show! Staging very rarely involves construction......usually just some paint and moving things around! Well said!

Jul 05, 2011 01:53 AM
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Sharon, that end statement you had is something I always address when speaking to anyone about staging. No matter what the staging costs, it will be cheaper than a price reduction!

Jul 05, 2011 02:27 AM
Kathy Burke
Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA - Danville, CA
S.F. East Bay Home Staging

Sharon....great post and I agree that stating fees where possible is essential.  I just re-did my website last month and now include information on fees and will continue to find ways to "de-myth" the pricing!!!

Jul 05, 2011 03:09 AM
Julia Maher
Nestings: Connecticut Home Staging and Model Homes - Fairfield, CT
Connecticut Home Stager

Aside from a flat fee for a Staging Consult or three-hour Hands-On Staging package, every other Staging job is different - because no two houses/clients are the same.  I've learned not to give too-low ball park figures, though - then they think that's what it will cost.  Can't go too high, or they won't go for it...what a juggling act!

Jul 05, 2011 03:25 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Judy:  As real life stagers, we know that staging can meet all budgets, but sellers don't usually have a real life understanding of the process.

Joanna:  HGTV is part of the reason, and the fact the profession is so new in most areas is a factor too. Many sellers don't even know it exists as an option, never mind understand how it works.

Toni:  They assume it's expensive and unless they see otherwise in writing, they don't bother to inquire further.  

Scott:  That $150 can save a seller thousands in monthly carrying costs!

Shar:  The fact that there are so many different available services under the "staging umbrella" really make it confusing.  It's no wonder the business is misunderstood.  It's up to the seller how much of an investment they want to make.

Peg:  Maybe if we replaced the word "staging" with "preparing" it wouldn't be so intimidating.  Really that's all staging is...preparing the house for sale.




Jul 05, 2011 03:58 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy:  The website is beautiful!  Very nice and easy to navigate!  WEll done!

Julie:  It is a juggling act!  I prefer consults and have decided to put my effort in that direction.  I have no interest in vacants and inventory!

Jul 05, 2011 04:48 AM
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Sharon--you have made a great point.  When people don't know, they tend to assume the worst.  And the "rumors" they hear is that staging is expensive.  I am going to rethink the fact that I don't have pricing on my website. 

Jul 05, 2011 05:43 AM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

I'm thinking that the cost of NOT staging your home, especially in today's tough Real Estate market, is a lot more than staging it.

Jul 05, 2011 06:00 AM
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Sharon, I think that's true, people might feel differently if you called it something different.

I remember when someone told me what 'fluffing' meant in the real world (porno, not my little world) and how the fluffer was the person who got the guy prepared to go on camera, First I thought, eww, then I thought, but that's what we do in a non-pornographic sense; we get houses ready for their big camera (mls) debut and showings... Maybe I'm naive, but I don't regret having 'fluff' in my company name. If people try to tease me about it, I just tell them what I wrote here!

Jul 05, 2011 06:19 AM
Anna Dovger
Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607 - The Woodlands, TX
Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX

Sharon, Very well said. I was checking my local market this morning and most of homes need just a consultation.


Jul 05, 2011 06:29 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Makes total sense and is important in today's market, or any market for that matter.  Home staging involves many subtle changes that can empahaize strong selling points for a home.  It is important to put the home;s best squre foot forward...A

Jul 05, 2011 06:37 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Janet:  I didn't have pricing on my website for a long time and decided it made more sense to include it.  You do what is right for you. 

Craig:  It's obvious to us, not always to sellers.

Peg:  I'm sorry, I'm laughing...that is pretty funny!  Stand by your name, it's memorable!

Anna:  I find that to be true too.  A consult gives the sellers direction and a game plan for success.

Alexandra:  A home staging consult will benefit the seller of any market, in any price range.  It's, simply put, suggestions for improvement from a professional.  Who couldn't benefit from that?

Jul 05, 2011 09:02 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Sharon- as usual .... well written and illustrated.  I actually have flyers I use at Realtor's functions with my pricing on it.  You or I would want the same thing if were were looking for a plumber, or architect, or other person providing a service.

Jul 05, 2011 12:49 PM
Patricia Feager, ABR,CRS,GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Sharon - I agree with Kathy, it's well written and illustrated. The way I see it, is that staging a home is similar to preparing for a wedding. For a wedding, most brides want to stand out, they want to be special and they go to great trouble to take care of all the details for the special occasion. Putting a house on the market to get more money, is definitely something special. People will know the difference between what a professional does versus what an amateur can do.

Nice post! I appreciate what you said.

Jul 05, 2011 07:36 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

Kathy:  Exactly, I would want the information or I would suspect it was expensive.  Great idea to have flyers with the info!

Patricia:  Excellent analogy!  I think many sellers would be able to relate to it!

Jul 06, 2011 09:49 AM