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Guide to Home Staging Costs

When selling a home, first impressions are key. For many potential buyers, the decision of whether or not to buy a particular home is made based on how the space feels and if they can imagine themselves living in the house. For that reason, many homeowners turn to professionals to help with home staging. This process involves an expert opinion and eye when it comes to furniture layout, color schemes and more. Find out what you can expect to pay for a home staging as well as what additional expenses can occur.

National Hire a Decorator for Staging a Home Costs

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National Hire a Decorator for Staging a Home Costs
Average reported cost $708
Number of Cost Profiles 89 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $100
Maximum reported cost $3,000
Most homeowners spent between: $381 to $852

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Costs of Hiring a Professional For Home Staging

If you are interested in having your home professionally staged, you will generally need the services of an interior designer or perhaps even a real estate agent with a keen eye for detail and home decor. This professional should spend between two and three hours walking through your home, taking notes and detailing any changes that should be made in order to help you sell your home at the highest price. Then, they should read through these potential modifications with you to clearly explain them all. On average, the cost of professional home staging services will run between $478 and $728.

Cost of Professional Painting Services

It is important to understand that after the home has been staged, it is up to the homeowner, in most cases, to undertake the alterations and upgrades on their own. Busy individuals might prefer to hire professionals for jobs like painting, which can drastically improve the look of any space. On average, expect to pay between $700 and $1,083 to have your living room repainted, but be prepared for that number to change depending on the size and height of the room.

Cost of Lighting Changes

Another common change during the home staging process is to upgrade lighting fixtures. Something as simple as a change of a light bulb can affect the way the space is illuminated, which can have an impact on whether a buyer likes the house. To hire a professional to install a new lighting fixture, be prepared to pay approximately $329 for the labor, the materials and the fixture itself.

Understanding the costs of home staging as well as the related expenses can help homeowners better budget for upgrades when selling their home.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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