Dressing A House For Sale – Will It Help Get A Quick Sale?

Written by Millie Archer

I love all things property and have a real eye for detail. I’m always reading up on property news, whether it be renting a first property or buying a mansion.

Explaining what dressing a house for sale is, how much it costs and whether it's actually worth it...

Whether you’re wanting a full property makeover or a slight touch up, dressing a house for sale is always a good idea.

After all, it COULD help you sell your house faster and for more money.

But how much does it cost for staging? What should you do to each room to make it better? Is it actually worth dressing a home for sale?

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What does ‘dressing a house for sale’ mean?

Dressing a house for sale is essentially the same as property staging. The process includes buying or renting furniture, decorations and other ornaments which will improve the look of your house and make it more appealing to buyers.

Dressing a house for sale can include minor changes, like repainting walls or adding fresh flowers/plants into different rooms, but generally, the idea is more associated with giving your house a bit of an overhaul.

The aim of dressing a house for sale is to make it more appealing to buyers, helping them to picture themselves in the home and making them want to buy it, helping the seller to a quicker sale.

Dressing a house for sale – room by room staging

Whether you’re dressing a house for sale through a complete overhaul or just the odd room, it’s important you break down room by room what needs to be done, so you can work out how each room is going to be presented, as well as how much it’s all going to cost.

Room by room staging:


Your hall is the first thing that a buyer will see inside the house and so will set their expectations for what’s to come. You want to create a great first impression, to set the tone for the rest of the house, so it’s important you spend some time on your hallway.

Make sure it’s clear of clutter, with coats and shoes out of the way. It’s also important to make sure any furniture, like coffee tables or chairs, are pushed to the side or removed if your hall is narrow, as you don’t want them to take up space, giving the appearance of a smaller area.

Also, make sure the walls are painted a light colour, to brighten up the area. It’s also a good idea to leave any doors to other rooms open and any window shutters/curtains to be opened, to allow in more light, and give the appearance of a bigger area.

Another essential is to have a doormat by the front door. This is both practical, as it allows any visitors to clean their shoes, stopping your floor from getting muddy, and also welcoming to your potential buyers.

It may be a good idea to replace your flooring, especially if it’s looking a little worse for wear. Whether you decide to just replace the hall flooring or to replace all the downstairs flooring to match is up to you, but either option will help your house to look newer, giving off a good first impression.

Living room

The living room, or lounge, is a key part of everyone’s house. It’s an area where we relax, socialise, entertain, and gives a buyer an insight into what your lifestyle is like, setting the tone for the rest of the house.

Just like the hallway, repainted walls and no clutter in the living room are two essentials when it comes to dressing a house for sale.

You could also look to replace your carpet in this room, to help the house look newer and better cared for, making a buyer more likely to buy your property.

Choose your furniture carefully too – you want it to look attractive but also inviting. You may even need to buy a new set of furniture, to make sure it all matches and doesn’t look like it’s gone through years of children and pets (and adults!) jumping all over it.


Arguably the most important room of the house – the room where you want to feel at peace, whilst also having the potential to be quite a feature.

The best way to get a bedroom to look its best is to just keep it simple with a bed, a bedside table (or two) and a wardrobe. There’s no need for anything fancy or over the top.

If your room has space for a double, queen or even king size bed, then make sure you have one in your room. It will show buyers what potential your bedroom has and how much space there really is.

If you have any children, we know how hard it can be to keep their rooms tidy but make sure to have a quick clear up before you invite buyers in.

Also, across all bedrooms make sure beds are made and the bedding is all matching, preferably in a neutral colour.

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The kitchen is the ‘hub of the home’ and is a room we all spend a lot of time in. This makes a kitchen an essential part of improvement when dressing a house for sale.

The simplest thing you can do is declutter and clean your kitchen, to make sure it’s sparkling, giving off a great impression.

If your kitchen is looking a little worse for wear, or you think you could achieve a higher price, then it may be worth redoing your kitchen and flooring.

Having a new kitchen and floor will make the whole house appear newer, which may help the property to sell faster and may encourage higher bids.

If you have a separate dining room, it could be a good idea to knock down the wall and make one big kitchen/diner. Generally speaking, people love open plan living and so by knocking down a wall, you’re reducing the work for a potential buyer, making it more appealing.


A bathroom is an essential room in your house and doesn’t need to be the most luxurious. But it is an important room to potential buyers and could make or break a sale.

Ensure your bathroom is clean, with no limescale or bits of mould, with your walls painted a neutral colour and tiled flooring (carpet is a big no-no in the bathroom!).

If your bathroom is looking a little worse for wear, it may be a good idea to retile the floor, or even just the shower. Or you could put in a new bath and sink to make sure it all matches.

All you’re trying to do is show the buyer that your house is ready to move in and use tomorrow if they wanted to, meaning they will see there’s little to no work required on their part, making them more likely to put an offer in.

Outside your house

Dressing a house for sale doesn’t only apply to the inside of your house – the outside of your property is going to be the first thing that anyone sees, so it’s key that your property has ‘kerb appeal’ (fancy words for looks good from the outside).

Make sure your front door looks good, has no peeling paint and the house number/name is clear to see.

Also, if you have a garden front or back (or both!), make sure the lawn is freshly mowed and any plant pots actually have plants in them.


This isn’t something that everyone has, but if you do it’s important you get it right.

With conservatories being basically all glass, it’s a good idea to get your windows cleaned to really show off the feature.

Also, conservatories have a tendency of either being freezing cold or boiling hot, so maybe have a heater in there for the winter months and a fan for the hotter months. This will make it feel better to a buyer.

Another thing you could do when dressing a house for sale is to make sure all your conservatory furniture matches and that it’s in good condition. This will give off the impression of a cared for home.

If necessary, you could also redo the flooring and potentially replace any of the conservatory windows, if the glazing looks a little ‘gone’ and the windows are starting to fog up.


Once again, not everyone has an office in their house, but with the COVID pandemic, a lot of people have turned to work from home, making a home office more appealing to many.

If you have a spare bedroom which you have been using for storage, it could be worth turning it into an office. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but a desk with a chair and computer will go a long way in looking like a home office.

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How long does it take to stage a house?

Of course, the length of time it takes for dressing a house for sale will depend upon the size of the house and rooms and also whether the house is vacant or occupied.

On average, according to Northern Lights Staging, an occupied house can be staged in about 8 hours and a vacant home can be staged in about 16-18 hours or two days.

This is with the assumption that you’re not doing anything major to your property, such as retiling all your bathrooms, changing your downstairs flooring or getting new carpets.

If you’re renting furniture from your chosen property staging company, then you will also need to factor in the time taken for ‘de-staging’, which is the process of removing all the new furniture and getting the house back to its original state.

How much does it cost for staging?

The cost of dressing a house for sale will vary dependent upon the level of staging you’re going to do. For example, if you’re just putting house plants and flowers in each room, you’re going to spend a lot less than if you’re putting in new furniture, decorations, etc.

Also, the quality of products and the size of your house/rooms is going to play a big role in the costs of dressing a house for sale. The qualification and experience levels of your property staging expert will also have an impact.

For an initial consultation and report, which will contain recommendations and quotes, you can expect to pay about £120 to £295 for a 2–3-hour appointment, according to ‘House Wow’.

Once you have appointed your team, you will have to pay for their work at an hourly or daily rate. The hourly rate of a property staging team can range from £20-£75 per hour.

Also, you will have to pay the rental costs for the furniture and decorations you’re using, meaning the cost of dressing a house for sale can really start to add up.

On top of this, you will have to pay the de-staging costs, which should take no longer than a few hours, but will add a sum onto the overall price tag.

Is it worth staging a home for sale?

To decide whether it’s worth dressing a house for sale, you need to think about the reason behind why you’re wanting to do it – is it for more money? Is it for a faster sale? Is it because your property is vacant and you’re wanting to hide the flaws?

Most people tend to stage their house in an attempt to get more money and a faster sale, but there’s no guarantee that this will happen.

You could end up spending hundreds and thousands on dressing your house for sale, for it to sell at the same price and speed it would have without the staging, meaning you’ve actually lost rather than gained.

Also, the time you will have to invest into staging your house to sell fast may not lead to getting a faster sale, and instead just delays the sale process.

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