How to Lower the Cost to Stage a House

According to the National Association of REALTORS®, 82% of buyers’ agents said that staging a home makes it easier for buyers to visualize themselves there. 

Staging can help you sell your house faster, but what about the cost to stage a house? Most homeowners spend somewhere around $1,500 to stage their house, but costs can reach $5,000 or more. 

If you’re selling, you likely want to keep money spent on staging low. So, how can you effectively stage a home without spending a fortune on furniture and decorations? 

Use these tips to stage your home like a pro. 

Reduce the Clutter

When staging a home, you want buyers to be able to visualize themselves there. It’s harder to visualize yourself in a home that’s still filled with family pictures and knick-knacks. Too much clutter can also make a house seem small and make it appear like it lacks storage space. 

Cut down on the clutter as much as possible. Remove overly personalized artwork, games, books, kitchen items you don’t use every day, seasonal clothes, and so on. 

You can declutter by yourself to save money. 

Clean the Home

If you’re selling a house, you want to show buyers that you’ve taken care of it. 

Make sure you clean the dream house from top to bottom, making it look welcoming and well cared for. A deep cleaning takes a lot of time, but if you want to save money, perform this part yourself. 

A professional move-out cleaning can cost between $100-$500, depending on the size of your home, your location, and more. 

Use Virtual Staging

If you have a vacant house, you can virtually stage it. Virtual staging uses computer software to turn an empty room into a professionally designed dream home. 

A virtual staging service involves taking a high-quality photo of a room and rendering it to add furniture and decorations. 

Virtual staging services are also quite cost-effective. You can expect to pay a few hundred dollars for three to four staged rooms. That’s significantly less than buying or renting furniture. 

Take a look at other homes on the market to see how they were staged for inspiration. You can click for more homes and examples, and you’ll likely find a few that are virtually staged. 

Skip the Storage Unit

If possible, skip getting a storage unit. The cost of a storage unit depends on the size, whether it’s climate-controlled, your location, etc. On average, it costs between $100-$200 to rent a storage unit.

You might be able to find a good deal for your first month, but it adds up over time. 

If you’re staging the house, you can store some items in the garage or the shed. If that’s not an option, consider peer-to-peer storage. Homeowners that have empty space offer it up for a small fee. The cost to rent space through peer-to-peer storage is usually much less than what you’d pay for a dedicated storage unit. 

This option is great if you only need to store your belongings until after you sell your house and move into your new home. 

Lower the Cost to Stage a House

Use these tips if you want to reduce the cost to stage a house. You can save big if you do a lot of this yourself and time your move so you’ll only need to store your belongings for a short period. 

For more tips on saving money, be sure to check out our other posts. We cover personal finance, real estate, and much more. 

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