The average cost for a home stager is $100 per hour. Hiring a home stager to stage your home, you will likely spend between $85 and $225 per hour. The price of home staging can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local home stagers or get free estimates from pros near you.
Given that a home for sale can attract higher offers by 7-10% if it’s staged, it makes sense to invest in hiring a professional to pull that off well. You won’t find pricing on most websites, but it’s not because the cost is exorbitant—it’s because so much can go into staging a home, and how much work has to be taken into consideration. However, expect to pay about $100/hour for the home stager’s time.
Most of the initial pricing goes into the time and effort required to do the initial consultation. The stager will want to assess the home room by room, know your budget, and know how much work you want the stager to do—i.e., choose paint colors, window treatments, and furniture for every room, or use existing pieces and current wall colors for the main living areas only.
Sample pricing from around the country for the consultation include:
Diana Lynn Interiors in Reading, PA, has an initial in-home consultation priced at $175. “During that session you decide whether you would like to continue with a flat hourly rate or mark-up on future purchases pertaining to your project.”
Sharon Middendorf in New York, NY, offers a free 30-minute telephone conversation. She says, “Once I have all the details for your project, I will send an estimate. I work on a project by project basis. Normally we charge 30% of the budget. Pricing is negotiated after initial consultation.”
Décor Revamp in West Hollywood, CA, offers a free initial phone conversation, with a $250 consultation fee paid at the end of the sight visit. Once hired, they determine the cost of the project.
BHS in Houston, TX, charges $99 for a consultation, but will deduct the fee if a contract is signed.
Some interior design stagers are flexible and work with whatever pricing system you prefer. Many homeowners prefer to know the hourly price and then budget around that rather than have a flat fee. Patrick Day Home Gallery in West Palm Beach, FL, says pricing can be charged at a rate of $100/hour against a retainer.
The Creative Side in Jersey, NJ, offers either a rate of $100/hour for projects over $5,000 or a project fee based on the size, time, and scope of the work. Gray Gold Design in Glendale, CA, charges $85/hour for full design projects, $100/hour for consulting, and a 20% mark-up on all goods and services purchased through its trade discount.
For other designers, it can be easier to set pricing based on the size of each room. Great Rooms Interior Style in Round Rock, TX, says its room design is typically priced from $300-$800 and includes the selection of color story, paint, furniture, accessory, lighting, floor coverings, and window coverings. They also offer hourly consults for $120 per hour.
OrganizdWell in Hoboken, NJ, says vacant staging is $500 per room plus cost of furniture, and that bathrooms and the entryway is included at no extra charge.
It might make more sense, if you have a small project that would only take a half or full day, to pay a flat fee for that amount of time. Texas Premier Professional Organizer in Austin, TX, has a half day rate of $320 for a small project that requires no more than five hours. The full day rate is $534 with a set plan for the desired end results. These usually take up to nine hours.
Many Realtors include staging in their list of services, and pay a professional stager to give you a one x two-hour consultation and plan at no cost to you.
For example, Claire Chivington with Lusk & Associates in Lancaster, PA, provides two hours of home staging—value not to exceed $200—when you choose to hire her as your Realtor. Others pass on some of the discounts they get from the furniture stores they have discounts at.
Frederick Décor in Yonkers, NY, charges 25% of whatever goods or services are purchased, but also passes on any discount he receives from vendors.
Cindy Gibbs Interiors in Round Rock, TX, says consultation as well as staging is $125/hour. If products are sold through her company, the price is negotiated.
Overall, home staging can cost as little or as much as you want it to. Either get an initial consultation and do the rest of the work yourself, or hire someone to do as much as is within your budget. The rewards usually pay off handsomely when it comes to enjoying or selling your home.
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