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Staging FAQ's- What are the costs involved in Staging a vacant home?

Here is a good run down of the potential costs of staging a home to open it up to more potential buyers. This is a drop in the bucket if the Seller is saved several months of mortgage payments not to mention carrying costs of holding on to an empty home.

Staging FAQ’s- What are the costs involved in Staging a vacant home?

This is a valid question that all Stagers receive when asked to provide a bid on staging a vacantvacant staging costs home.   How much is it going to cost me and why is it so much?

I know.. the last thing you want to do is put money into a house that you’re leaving BUT, that’s the point.  IF you hope to sell your property for the amount you feel its worth and in as short a time as possible then it is worth the INVESTMENT…..whether it is in improving the condition or highlighting its features.

So what goes into the cost of a vacant staging?


1. Furniture and accessories-  this is the biggest expense involved.  Whether or not the stager carries all or part of her inventory- beds, sofas and tables are expensive.

2. Delivery and pickup- there is the expense of the moving truck and crew.

3. Insurance- for the movers and inventory

moving4. Sourcing- While most Stagers have an inventory from which they can draw, we don’t want the homes to look like they came off of an assembly line.  Therefore, for each home, we will source (shop) for items that are needed for that particular home.

5.  Hours-
yes, Home Stagers do enjoy getting paid for their time, services and experience.  It takes time to pack and unpack the inventory; the actual staging can take anywhere from 4 -6+ hours or more depending upon the size of the project.   And, that doesn’t include the time spent when we destage the house after it sells and we get to pack everything up again.

6.  Additional Marketing- Many Stagers offer additional marketing of your property via their own newsletters, blogs and the use of social media. They also provide photos that your agent can use when marketing your property.


No, I did not forget the numbers.  However every home is different; every Stager has his or her own fee schedule and every region is different.

However, on average Vacant Home Stagings can run anywhere from $1750-4000 +.  


Keep in mind, placing furniture and accessories in your house is a good start.  Make sure your house is competitively priced and that it is in market ready condition.  


If you are selling your vacant home and want more information call Room Service! Home Staging.

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 Kathy Streib 

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Comment balloon 3 commentsCheryl Ritchie • September 05 2013 09:10PM


Hi Cheryl, This is a great reblog from Kathy. The numbers out here are a bit higher but the ideas and the list is right on.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 7 years ago

Cheryl  I agree eith William - this was a great choice for reblog - Kathy is a real pro

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) almost 7 years ago

Cheryl, thank you for providing this great piece on the comprehensive work that a stager does.

Posted by Lisa Friedman, 30 Years of Real Estate Experience! (Great American Dream Realty) almost 7 years ago