Staging a home to sell is a skill, and a professional stager—often an interior designer with a solid sense of the real estate market in your area—knows exactly what turns buyers on. You’ll pay an average of $500 to $1,200 per month, depending on the quality of the furnishings, to have your house professionally staged, which includes the cost to rent high-end furniture. The most important rooms to stage are the living room, kitchen, dining room, master bedroom and bathroom; any rooms that are not staged should be scrupulously clean and clutter free.

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