• Nedra D Hines

Types of Home Staging and who pays for it

With staging a home for sale, it works to know about the types of Home Staging so that you know which one can work for you when the time comes. I’ll also cover who pays for the Home Staging so you know what to expect and prepare for.


Vacant Home Staging – This is for homes that have been vacated by the previous homeowners or it’s in the process of being rehabbed. Once you find a home stager that you like, you can work with them to choose which rooms you’ll be staging. From there, they’ll bring the furniture, textiles, art, decoration/accessories, area rugs etc. to stage those areas before the home enters the real estate market. For this type of staging, the real estate professional or the homeowner will pay for the staging.


Occupied Home Staging – This is for homes where the homeowner (and their family) will be living in the home while it’s on the market. Once you schedule time with a stager to stop by, they will assess the property and will give recommendations on how to prepare it for the market. If you choose to hire them to do the work, they will complete the work at a time that works for the both of you using the homeowner’s furnishings. In essence, this is usually a 2-part process. The consultation piece can be paid for by the agent (or the homeowner) and the same for the staging piece. Depending on how much works needs to be completed, the staging piece can be expensive.


Partial (Occupied) Home Staging – This is for homes where the homeowner (and their family) will be living in the home while it’s on the market. Once you schedule time with a stager to stop by, they will assess the property and will give recommendations on how to prepare it for the market. It is agreed beforehand that the stager will be completing the work and they will complete it at a time that works for the both of you using a mix of the homeowner’s furnishings and their own inventory. In essence, this is usually a 2-part process. The consultation piece can be paid for by the agent (or the homeowner) and the same for the staging piece. Depending on how much works needs to be completed, the staging piece can be expensive.


Occupied Consultation - This is for homes where the homeowner (and their family) will be living in the home while it’s on the market. Once you schedule time with a stager to stop by, they will assess the property and will give recommendations on how to prepare it for the market. From there, the homeowners will complete the work based on the recommendations provided and this can be paid for by the agent or homeowner. I’ve seen more agents pay for consultations since it’s a part of their marketing package.


Remote Home Staging Consultation - This is for homes where the homeowner (and their family) will be living in the home while it’s on the market and it’s completed remotely. The process includes the homeowner taking photos of their home and uploading those photos to a google drive and emailing us the link. From there, we’ll assess the photos and will write recommendations for every room of the home. The homeowner will have access to how-to guides, a moving checklist, a photo gallery of styling examples and 2 opportunities to have online chats for confirmation. This can be done at the homeowner’s own pace and it takes the worry and stress out of selling a home and having peace of mind that you can still get top dollar for your property. This can be paid for by the agent or homeowner.


That’s all I have for you on the types of home staging so you know going in what to expect so that you can be prepared to work with a stager and make your transition as seamless as possible.

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