This one is a bit tricky. Staging your home will make it look your best, but it ain’t cheap.
According to realtor.com, most professional stagers cost “$300 to $600 for an initial design consultation, and $500 to $600 per month per room.” That’s because stagers bring in various types of furnishings, from art to curtains, to make your home look like it belongs in an Ethan Allen catalogue. In addition, some home stagers require a three-month long contract regardless of how fast you sell your home. So even if you sell within a 21 days, you’ll get a bill priced as if it sat for 90. So while a home stager (especially coupled with a professional photographer) will make your house shine in the best light, it’s also expensive. High-end real estate firms may roll in staging fees into their cost, but otherwise you’ll be expected to foot the bill.
As a rule of thumb, if you own a luxury home, it’s probably worth staging. If you’re worried about price but still want to make your home shine and aren’t on a tight budget, pay for the consultation and follow their recommendations.