How Much Should Home Staging Cost?

8/10/20231 min read

Determining the cost for home staging is dependent on a variety of factors, but most homeowners can expect to invest between $400-$1000 to stage an average 2,000-3,000 square foot home in Southern California. For larger homes or more extensive staging, costs may range from $2,000 on the low end to $10,000 or more for multi-million dollar luxury estates.

The exact price is determined by the size of the home, the amount of furniture and accessories required, and the level of staging needed to prepare the home for selling. Smaller homes under 2,000 square feet may fall below $400 for a basic consultation and style refresh. For an average home, the $400-$1000 budget would include an initial walkthrough and consultation with the home stager, delivery and setup of rental furniture and accessories, styling of each room with decor items like throw pillows and artwork, and a final walkthrough to tie up any loose ends.

For high-end homes or homes in poor condition, more extensive staging is often required which drives up costs quickly. This includes things like deep cleanings, painting, removing and storing clients' existing furniture, purchasing higher-end rental furniture, accessorizing with luxury decor, and installing window treatments and flooring. The stager's time and labor costs also come into play for larger homes. It often takes much more work to style and stage a 5,000 square foot home versus a 2,000 square foot condo.

No matter what your budget, be sure to get an itemized quote from home stagers so you understand exactly what is included. Many stagers have tiered packages with good, better and best options. Opting for their standard or basic package can help keep costs down while still preparing the home for selling. Though an investment, quality staging can increase the home's selling price and desirability which makes it well worth the upfront cost for sellers.