The cost of property styling these days could be one of the many reasons why a legitimate homeowner would rather choose to skimp on the services and help offered by a professional home stager. But we want to discourage you from going this way because doing so renders you to miss out on so many things here.
Professional home styling people will not become or qualify to work in this space had they not the flair for interior designing. This means to say they know exactly what to do to make your home appear much more spacious, bigger, more inviting and more appealing to your potential buyers. It is their turf.
You may, of course, choose to take a DIY styling approach here but we are not encouraging you to do that but because you may not make the most out of it. Experience and expertise are paramount here! You may have a discriminating style but that is on a personal level only.
Meaning to say what looks best and okay for you may not be the case for other people. What you need to aim for here is how to make your indoor spaces very appealing to potential buyers, and seasoned home stylists can deliver that.
The Road to Getting Started for Home Staging Success
Now, let us assume that you have finally resolved to the idea of styling your home. Before you embark on this, it is highly recommended that you set a budget for it. Know that there are listing agents who can give you a hand on this with their staging assistance services, however, many others would not give that.
Therefore, it is best that before you even set out to look for a professional in this area, determine first how much you are willing to shell out for this purpose only.
The second thing about this, you still need to commit some time cleaning and decluttering your home on your initiative. So you need to move away from your little knick-knacks, seasonal decor items, random piles of shoes, and everything you think would be unnecessary in the eyes of a potential home buyer.
It is also important that you remove personal items from your home, this includes personal photographs, photo albums and the like. Letting your buyers see them there inside your indoor space, even if technically the house is still yours, would likely deter them to have a growing interest to buy your house. Personal pictures, in a way, tells them the house is still yours, not a future home for them.
If you think that you have already tidied up your home, and looking at its best form — the next course of action to take is to find the right home stylist. Before you make any hire for this, prepare yourself a list of qualifying questions first.
This will give you an idea of what kind and the extent of help you can expect from them and if their asking service fee is fair and good to what they will do for you. But most importantly, it will give you a good idea if their sense of indoor styling would be somehow acceptable for you.
Beside the professional fee or asking price they have for their services, your prepared set of questions should also touch on the kind of homes they had staged prior, and to support that if they can provide you with their work portfolio for you to see.
All this information will help in steering you to finding the right professional to hire for the role, whose professional fees and sense of style are also in line with your discriminating taste.
The Estimated Cost of Property Styling Today
You can also choose to do just partial staging of your home. This signifies that you will only style the parts of your home that you know will create the biggest impact on buyers. This will have to include the master bedroom, kitchen, and living room.
When it comes to the cost, this may vary. Overall, you can anticipate spending around $400-$700 per space or room. In addition to this, consider availing furniture hire services. We reckon that the monthly rental fee for leased furnishings would run around $500-$600, although we know for a fact that a good and seasoned stager would be able to sell a home in less than a month or two.
So that makes the rental fees for furniture negligible in the end, as opposed to having to wait for a couple of months for an interested/engaged buyer to show up.
A professional full home staging service will likely have you shell out at least $1,000 to $1,500. Inclusive with this kind of package would be new furniture items, accent pieces, and decors for each room inside your house.
Also, anticipate as early as now that you might need to store your belongings elsewhere unless you have another expansive room somewhere where you can temporarily keep them in. Or you can rent out a storage facility, instead. Depending on the sheer size of the storage space you are leasing, this may cost you about $100-$200 a month.