2010 Real Estate Guide
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Home staging key to selling

2. Costs of staging
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Since every staging job is different, costs vary. For a consultation with a professional stager who will inspect your home and provide a list of suggestions, expect to pay about $350, says Barb Schwarz, founder of the International Association of Home Staging Professionals, or IAHSP. Homeowners can do the work themselves, or they can pay the stager to make the changes. If furniture or other supplies need to be rented, the homeowner will also pay the rental fees.

Staging a vacant home will likely be more expensive than staging an occupied home since you're starting from scratch. "(Staging) a vacant home typically can cost less than 1 percent of the value of the house," says Keating. "Occupied homes are typically way less than that because we're using as much of the homeowner's furnishings as possible."




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