How Much Does It Cost to Stage a Home?

Stephanie Shaykin
Updated January 24, 2022
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It typically costs anywhere from $650 to $2,300 to stage your home

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Thanks to the popularity of reality TV shows, most homeowners are familiar with home staging. Home staging includes depersonalizing and arranging furniture. The result is a house that looks its best for prospective buyers. Home staging may cost $1,500 on average per month with staging and rental fees included, depending on the furnishings you rent.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Home Stager Per Hour?

2 costs to stage a home, with initial staging consultation ranging $150 to $600

Staging an empty home will cost between 1% to 1.5% of the sale price of your home. That includes everything from renting furniture to using your own.

Home staging typically costs $150 to $600 for an initial two-hour consultation and ranges from $500 to $600 per room per month for rentals. Most stagers charge a minimum of three months to rent decor, even if the house sells quickly.

Of course, other factors can affect the cost, such as local consultation rates or monthly rental fees.

The national average home staging cost is $1,500. This includes furniture and decoration rental. According to the Real Estate Staging Association, homes that are professionally staged spend 72% less time on the market. Home sellers or real estate agents may choose to stage their homes for open houses as well.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Professional Stager by Area?

Homeowners typically spend $2,000 per month in rental fees to stage a 2,000-square foot house. However, staging needn't be expensive. Many sellers save on costs by paying a local home stager to rearrange items they already have in the home.

You also might be moving out and taking all your belongings with you. In that case, you may find it necessary to rent some furniture for professional photographs.

Real estate staging often comes at an additional cost of 1% to 3% of the listing price. Many agents include this cost with the closing fees. However, some mark it as a complimentary service for their buyers.

Depending on these factors, you may need to pay the following for home staging costs, depending on your location:

  • California: $2,600–$4,200

  • Arizona: $1,500–$1,800

  • Wisconsin: $630–$2,300

  • Colorado: $500–$1,400

  • Maine: $650–$2,300

  • North Carolina: $630–$2,300

  • Pennsylvania: $1,300–$2,350

  • Nebraska: $630–$2,300

How Much Does It Cost to Stage a Home Yourself?

By staging a home yourself, you could save up to $2,000 a month on staging fees and rental costs. If you already have furniture, that helps. You could also rent the bare minimum of furniture to stage your home and still save on the monthly overall rental costs it would take to fill the space. Before considering whether to stage your home yourself or hire a professional, take the following steps: 

  • Assess the quality level of the property and take into account your budget

  • See if you can save money by hiring an interior designer for a consultation ($150–$500 for 2–4 hours) before tackling simpler repairs

  • Remember that renting furniture is still expensive—let the professionals handle any complex projects if workable

It may be wise to knock out any home repairs safely by hiring a local handyperson service to come help you.

What Factors Influence the Cost of Staging a Home?

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The final cost of staging your home can vary depending on several factors. First, there are rental rates. The final rate also depends on the minimum rental period the rental company sets. Staging costs are also influenced by the number of rooms you need to stage and each room's square footage, and whether the home is vacant or occupied.

Besides your location, there are a few extra factors that will influence what you’ll pay for home staging:

Furniture Rental Rates

Some home stagers allow you to pay one staging fee of $400 to $700 for packages ranging in size for each 12'x12' room up to a specified number of rooms. Monthly rental fees ranging from ​$500 to $600 are then charged after. 

Homeowners often choose to stage more than one room and focus on strategic locations, such as the kitchen and living room. There's usually an initial staging fee of $150 to $600, with another $1,500 on average per month for rentals while it’s on the market. Note that the typical three-month minimum rental period applies in most cases regardless of how quickly a home sells.

An Empty or Vacant Home

The average cost to stage a vacant three-bedroom, 2,000 square foot house is $2,000 per month. It includes design consultation, service fees, decorating for the max sale value or rental appeal, and removal of furnishings at a cost after completion.

Many professionals charge a three-month minimum rental period for vacant homes. You may need to have some strategic rooms staged, such as the living room and kitchen. Usually, these activities can cost as much as $6,000 over three months.

An Occupied Home

The cost of staging an occupied home is around $800. The price includes both arranging the initial consultation, decluttering, and rearranging existing furniture. Staging fees for an occupied home include a $400 to $700 fee per room, with rental decoration costing as much as an extra $500 to $600 per month.

Staging Cost Breakdown

Now that you know how much it costs to stage a home, take a look at what goes into the rate.

  • Initial consultation: $150 to $600 per two hours

  • Rearranging and decluttering only: $800 flat rate

  • Service fees: $800 to $1,000 per project

  • Staging fees: $400 to $700 per room per month

In addition to staging costs, you might also pay other charges to improve your home's appearance to sell like:

  • Painting each 10'x12' room: $380 to $800 per room professionally or $10 to $35 per gallon if DIY

  • New lighting fixture installations: average $460 total or an average of $150 for recessed lighting (per light)

  • Refinishing/refacing: $590 per piece of furniture, a $2,7000 average cost for cabinets, and an average of $1,700 to refinish hardwood flooring

  • Professional cleaning service: $40 to $80 per hour

FAQs About the Costs of Home Staging

How do I stage my home myself?

To stage your home yourself, make sure you clean your home thoroughly to sell, leaving it gleaming like a five-star hotel. Less is best—always clear away clutter and anything personal so buyers can focus on the beauty of the rooms. Prospective buyers will check the closets, so investing in a storage space may be necessary.

Move furniture around, mix fabrics and decor, and de-cramp the room by removing any unnecessary furniture. A fresh coat of paint always helps, as do natural features like plants. You'll want your home looking visually appealing, so don't be afraid to call up a local home decorator for some assistance if you need some. 

What should I consider when staging my home?

Remember that staging your home will affect the time it takes to sell your home along with the price–cha-ching! It may be worth pulling out the extra stops like giving it a face-lift with new paint, hiring a pro house cleaner, and refinishing the floors. Also, consider any existing furniture your home stager can use to drive down the rental cost.

What other projects should I do at the same time?

Are you planning to sell your home quickly? You'll likely need more than staging to sell your home. Now is a great time to get to work on the curb appeal of your home. Hire local exterior painters and nearby landscapers to coat the exterior of your home and bring it new life with some sprucing up.

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