How Much Does Home Staging Really Cost?

Have you wondered if you should consider professional staging for your home before you list it for sale? Most of us have wandered into new home developments and enjoyed the ambiance of a perfectly styled model home. Of course we would all like our homes to give that same impression to potential home buyers, but what would that cost? Understanding the options available to you for staging can help you decide what, if any, professional staging makes sense for you and your budget. In Calgary's current market staging could make your house stand out from the competition.

What is Staging?

First it’s important to understand what professional staging includes. The best answer is, “it depends”! Staging can be as simple as a consultation or as involved as removal of existing furniture and replacing it with designer furnishings. Needless to say, the cost of the two extremes are drastically different. Most homeowners who hire professional stagers are somewhere in the middle. 


Staging begins with a tour of the room or home. Often simple placement of furniture can make a huge impact. The stager might also bring in elements to enhance the décor, such as colorful pillows, lamps, wall art or carpet. These are loaned to the homeowner for the duration of the listing. 

Cost of Staging

Most stagers charge a flat rate for the initial consultation; this ranges from about $250-500, depending on the size of the home. If the homeowner determines that they also need furnishings, these are rented by the month and can range from $300-500 per room, per month. Additionally, there is often a minimum number of months required, typically 3 months. 


Professionally staging your home is one option home sellers have to ensure their home is seen in its best light. Just as buyers fall in love with model homes, staging your home can bring a modern feel and entice buyers to write the offer. The best way to start is with your agent, to understand your market, competition and needs.


If you'd like recommendations for Calgary Home Staging companies contact me and I'll send you a list of great companies that do beautiful work, they could start you off by stopping by and giving you a quote. (403) 818-1546

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Here's some tips to get ready for the crazy Calgary winter, if you get to it before the snow falls!! Hopefully it all melt's and dries so we can get through most of the list this year :(


1. Weed, Clean and Fertilize. Start in your garden areas. They will most likely need the most work. Clean out all the weeds and leaves of the gardens. Turn the soil over now, so that in the spring the backbreaking chore will be done. The dirt is usually easier to work with in the fall. Make sure you put down a fresh layer of organic fertilizer like a steer or chicken manure.

2. Care for Your Lawn. This is the time of year when you can lower the blades on the mower and cut your lawn lower. With the cooler temperatures, your lawn will not grow as fast. This is the best time of year to feed your lawn.

3. Use a quick-release formula so that all the good nutrients have a chance to feed your lawn before the snow comes. In the warmer states where the winters are shorter with no or little freezing days, you should use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer so that your lawn will stay greener longer.

4. Mulch some of the leaves into your lawn. Raking helps to pull dead grass and roots that will not decompose in the winter. Raking will allow the grass to have a penetration of water more easily.

5. Fall Transplanting.
Shrubs and perennials should be transplanted in the fall. Trees that need to be moved because they have outgrown their area or other reasons, should be transplanted in the fall. This is the safest time of year to do all your transplanting.

6. Trim shrubs. Shrubs, trees, and plants should be cut back and trimmed in the fall. All your azaleas, hydrangeas, and rhododendrons need to be trimmed so they do not overgrow in the area they are planted.

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Buying a new build can be a lot more complicated than purchasing a resale. You’ll benefit from working with a local Calgary expert who knows the project’s neighbourhood, target audience, materials used and sales data. Here are the reason you want to use a realtor, even when buying from a builder:

A REALTOR® can negotiate on your behalf Sure, you can simply trust a sales representative to haggle with the builder, but that may not get you the best deal or added perks, like free upgrades or new appliances. Understanding the fine print in a purchase contract is not for the faint of heart. A Calgary real estate professional can point out the confusing clauses you’re better off negotiating on.

You’ll get the low-down on the up-sells Immaculately designed model homes offer all the bells and whistles, tempting buyers into adding all sorts of extras onto the standard price. Sometimes, these upgrades aren’t worth it. Your Realtor can help you decide what’s worth doing and what can wait.

You won’t fall for sales pitches that seem too good to be true Buyers are led to believe if they don’t use an agent, the builder will subtract the price of a Realtor’s potential commission from the purchase price. But since the seller (i.e. the builder) pays your agent’s commission, it only makes sense to insist on having one.

A Realtor will provide guidance and support throughout the transaction When it comes to pre-construction, home buyers must navigate multiple steps and interact with several people before closing. In addition to making decisions around design, buyers must also make technical choices about electrical work or construction add-ons during the build.

Bottom line? The builder’s rep has the builder’s goals in mind, while your own agent is a valuable resource with just one person to satisfy: You.
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