If you’re selling a home, the idea of hiring a professional home stager might be appealing. There’s a reason people stage their homes before selling.
After all, 82% of buyer’s real estate agents report that home staging made it easier for their clients to view the property as their future home. It’s been found that staged homes sell faster and for more money than their non-staged counterparts.
It’s clear that staging a home in New York is well worth the money and the effort. But why is it so expensive? Here’s a breakdown of all the work that goes into professional home staging and why it costs so much.
How Much Does a Professional Home Stager Cost?
Most home stagers don’t charge a flat fee for staging a house. Rather, they charge by the room. The cost breakdown usually looks something like this:
- $300-600 initial design consultation
- $500-600 per staged room per month
- 3 month minimum contract required by most professional home stagers
The average home size in New York is 1,124 square feet and has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, and a living space. Even if you don’t stage the bathroom, the total cost for staging a standard home could easily be $6,300 – and that’s on the cheap end. Keep in mind that even if your home sells in the first few hours of listing, you’re still on the hook for the 3-month contract if your contract requires one.
Additional Home Staging Costs
It’s also important to know that these costs count on the professional home stager using things you already have in your home. If they need to go out and buy a new piece of furniture, or new rugs or throw pillows, the cost of those items will be added to the total staging costs. Many home stagers keep items on hand to use in staging homes, but they will charge a monthly rental fee for each item.
Another aspect of home staging that can rack up the bills is paint. Without a fresh coat of paint, home staging can sometimes come off like lipstick on a pig. It’s extremely common for stagers to recommend painting before staging, and this can add as much as $700 per room.
The bottom line: home staging is expensive, especially when you hire a professional to do it.
WNY Home Buyers is Here
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