How to Use Home Staging in Real Estate
Most sellers would benefit from at least some level of staging. And staging doesn’t have to involve a high-end designer removes all your stuff and completely transforms your home.
The reality is, there are many ways to stage a home. It can be as simple as a one-time, slight design and furniture placement consultation, or it can involve a complete renovation of your home in anticipation of your sale. Here are five ways to stage a home for sale.
1. A one-time, hourly-rate consultation. Most home stagers are actually designers, but that doesn’t mean hiring them will be prohibitively expensive. A designer can come in and charge by the hour (as little as $75/hour and up to $200/hour, depending on your location) and consult with you on colors, fixtures and finishes. This can be one of the best few hundred dollars you’ll spend prior to listing.
2. Partial staging. A stager/designer can come in and just do a little bit of work, a ‘partial’ staging. For example, maybe you use one bedroom as an office. The stager can bring in a day bed and small dresser to help show this room as an office or a bedroom. You may want to get rid of your oversized sectional sofa and have a stager bring in something smaller to give the appearance of a bigger family room. Have some rooms that seem bare, cold or sterile? A stager can bring in carpets or throw pillows to give any room some life.
3. Fluff staging. Fluff staging might involve moving your current furniture around to best showcase a room, or moving big pieces to the basement. You may have some great pieces hidden away or simply mismatched where they currently sit in your home. A stager working with your stuff can save you tons of money because they don’t need to bring in any of their own furniture. You can simply pay the stager by the hour to come in and redesign your current home.
4. Full staging. Do you need to move out before listing your home and don’t want to put your home on the market without furniture? Full staging is the answer. Here’s why: Buyers sometimes have a difficult time imagining where the furniture goes or how they could potentially live in a home for sale that’s empty. Also, a home without furniture often echoes, feels empty, cold and sometimes sad. These aren’t the impressions a smart seller wants to give potential buyers. Full staging costs more, because the stager needs to hire the moving truck and use their furniture. But agents around the country highly recommend full staging on an empty home.
5. Full staging plus renovation. Moving out of your home and it needs some updating? Have a few thousand dollars to invest? Bringing in a stager and some affordable contractors can be a wise investment, especially in the kitchens and bathrooms. Some common renovations or improvements include upgrading kitchens and bathrooms and outdated light fixtures, refinishing hardwood floors, and taking out an old sink in the bathroom and replacing it with a smaller pedestal sink.