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Staging Your House Is Not As Easy As You Think

By March 26, 2018 No Comments

Staging easy? Well, it is not as easy as you think. HGTV can do it in 1/2 hour, but that is not the reality of what really happens.

It is not only the actual time a Professional visits you at your house and gives you the recommendations that will resonate with buyers. It also then involves many hours of planning so that when the physical staging occurs it goes as smoothly as possible.

Here is a general break down of time spent on a single staging job for a house that is around 2000 square feet. This is staging by a professional who knows the process.

To begin the process of staging


2.0 hours – Preview the house with the client

3.0 hours – to layout and choose furnishings and accessories to accomplish a presentation that will resonate with the buying market

2.0 hours – for administrative work, invoicing, follow through, booking help, logistics

5.0 hours – picking and packing accessories and furnishing

1.0 hour – loading and packing for moving furnishings

6.0 hours – to stage

1.0 hours –  unpacking, re-shelving any take backs that were not used in staging.

Total up to staging a minimum of 20 hours have been spent.

If a client needs assistance with shopping for items that can add 2 to 5 hours also invested in the project. We at Design Solutions KGP like to take professional images also which can take about 2 hours.

Then there is the other end of de-staging a property

3.0 hours – packing up furnishing and accessories

1.5 hour – unload the car

1.5 hour – to re-shelf and unpack furnishing and accessories

4.0 hours – of administrative work coordinating pick up and communication throughout staging with client

From start to finish a total of 30 hours not including travel time is spent on a single house staged. These numbers are averaged for a 2000 sq. ft. house. If the house is larger it takes more time than shown here.

So there you have it. Is staging easy? Yes if you have a professional that is involved in the entire process. Thinking of selling your house, the value you gain from a professional stager is huge! Most of the work, of course, is done behind the scenes that you will not see, but you are ensured that the product delivered will assist in the profitable sale of your house to be more profitable.

after staging a house


Other Good Reads:

Is Staging Worth the Cost When Selling?

What, Why, When | Home Staging

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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