Shouldn’t I Be Charged Less If My Property Is Smaller?
Vacant home staging is not inexpensive however if you consider this as an investment in helping to get your home sold, then the Return On Investment looks pretty good.
As a Home Stager, I’ve had sellers who live in condominiums ask why the fee is so high. Their thoughts are that a small 2 or 3 bedroom condo should be less expensive to stage than some of our single family 3 or 4 bedroom homes.
And, in general, a smaller property might require fewer pieces of furniture and depending upon the size of the room, the scale of the pieces may be smaller but that isn’t always the case.
So what is involved in the expense of staging a vacant home? Keep in mind that this will vary from stager to stater and region to region.
1.The Staging Inventory
This makes up the largest part of vacant staging. Inventory can run anywhere from $900 to 1800++ depending upon how much, the size, and the quality of the pieces.
Usually, stagers will recommend staging the primary rooms-master bedroom and bath, one living area, and one dining area. Soft goods are placed in the kitchen and bathrooms.
If your home is a luxury property, regardless of the size, you’ll want to have furniture that is appropriate for the price range.
Some stagers carry their own inventory and they may charge a little less.
2.Delivery and Moving
Whether the stager supplies their own inventory or a large rental company is used, the pieces have to get their somehow.
These fees can vary anywhere from $200 to 400 or more depending upon the distance.
3.Taxes and Insurance
There are always state and local taxes involved in addition to damage fees determined by the leasing company.
If your property is out of their normal delivery zone, you may be charged an additional fee, regardless of the size of the property.
Regardless of the size of your home, if the movers have to navigate a lot of stairs or deal with freight elevators that are as far from the condo as they could possibly be, there may be additional charges.
5. The Staging Fee
Yes, Home Stagers don’t work for free!
The fee will vary from stager to stager. This usually includes the hours that are involved in sourcing the inventory for the project, the travel time to and from the property, staging and destaging the property.
Prior to staging day, the stager may have to shop for additional pieces as well as pack the pieces that they will use.
Staging can take 4 to 6 hours or more depending on the scope and size. (Look at it as if you have one day to move into your home with all of the pictures hung and boxes put away)
Every staging is different. If vacant staging is what works best for your property, the best thing to do is contact your local home stager. Discuss the options that are available.