How to Virtually Stage a Home in Just 4 Steps

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In today's fast-paced tech world, every industry has to keep up, including real estate. Virtual staging is one of the latest tech tools that's helping to modernize how we sell homes.

Simply put, virtual staging is an upgrade to traditional home staging; it allows potential buyers to visualize the best version of a property before purchasing, all done digitally. Not only is it faster and more cost-effective than the old way, but it also offers a level of flexibility and creativity that traditional home staging just can't match. 

Despite the high-tech nature of virtual staging, the process is not as complex as it sounds. In this article, we're going to show you the simple, step-by-step process of how to use virtual staging to make your property more appealing to buyers.

Here's an overview of the topics we'll cover:

What Is Virtual Staging?

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Virtual staging is the process of using digital tools to add photorealistic furniture and decor into photos of an empty or sparsely furnished property. It's like giving your property a virtual makeover, making it easier for buyers to visualize how a vacant or outdated space could be transformed into an attractive, welcoming home.

In addition to standard virtual staging, which involves digitally furnishing static photos, there are also other, more advanced forms of virtual staging available for you to consider.

  • 360° Virtual Staging presents an immersing, panoramic view of a space. It creates an experience mirroring being in the room itself and giving the ability to explore every corner.
  • With Virtual Remodeling, you can exhibit the potential of a property in the midst of construction or one that's a bit outdated, demonstrating what it could transform into after renovation.
  • 3D Floor Plans are perfect for budding projects; they offer a detailed bird's-eye perspective of the entire property layout inclusive of furnishings and finishes. This is particularly advantageous for off-plan projects, where a detailed visual aid can make all the difference.
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You might be wondering whether virtual staging is still an option for a property that's already furnished. The answer is yes. Through add-on services, existing furniture can be digitally removed, photo quality can be enhanced, and even the colors in the images can be made more vibrant and appealing.

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And lastly, it's essential to note that virtual staging can also integrate seamlessly with commonly used virtual tour platforms. This powerful combination lets users navigate through a fully furnished, digitally enhanced property virtually, just as they would in a physical walkthrough. 

How Much Does It Cost to Virtually Stage a House?

The cost of virtually staging an entire house can range from as little as $72 to well over $360. But let's break down how these costs come about.

Related Article: Virtual Staging Cost Breakdown: How to Save Money and Increase Sales

As an industry standard, costs are typically generated on a per-image basis, and this can vary depending on the service provider you choose. For example, at, we offer a flat rate of $24 per image.

So how do we calculate the numbers mentioned earlier?

According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR) 2023 survey of buyers' agents, certain rooms hold more weight when it comes to staging. The living room takes the lead, most important to 39% of buyers, followed by the primary bedroom and the kitchen, important to 36% and 30% of the buyers respectively. 

So, if you decide to stage just these three most crucial rooms, your total cost would be $72, which lands you on the lower end of the cost spectrum.

Meanwhile, the higher limit depends on how many photos of a property you want staged. Really, there's no limit to how many different viewing angles you can stage in a room, widening the potential range of your staging expenditure.

How Do You Virtually Stage a House in 4 Easy Steps?

Virtual staging might seem intimidating if you're new to it, but it's actually a quite straightforward process. Here's a step-by-step guide to help walk you through:

Step 1: Prepare the Property for Photos

Before you can start with virtual staging, you need high-quality photos of your property. But before you take these photos, it's essential to prepare the property. This means decluttering each room, arranging lighting to highlight the best features, and ensuring the space is clean and tidy. These preparations lay the groundwork for effective staging, emphasizing the property's best aspects and enabling potential buyers to envision their lives in the space.

Step 2: Taking Photos

Once the property is ready, it's time to capture the space. It's a good idea to take pictures from different angles and perspectives to give potential buyers a full view of the property. However, remember to focus on the most crucial areas determined by buyer preference: the living room, primary bedroom, and kitchen. High-quality, well-lit images lay the foundation for great virtual staging. If possible, consider hiring a professional real estate photographer to ensure you get the best shots.

Step 3: Choose a Virtual Staging Provider and Provide Instructions

When you have your pictures ready, it's time to choose your virtual staging provider. When selecting a provider, consider their experience, cost, portfolio, and turnaround time. At, for example, we offer a flat rate of $24 per image as well as the best turnaround time on the market — only 4 to 8 hours. 

After choosing your provider, you'll need to provide instructions. This might include information about your preferred style or arrangement, any specific furniture pieces you'd like to see, or which areas you'd like to have focused on. Remember, the more detailed your instructions, the closer the final results will match your vision.

Step 4: Approve the Final Images or Ask for Revisions

After the virtual staging is complete, you'll have the chance to review the staged images. This is your opportunity to make sure everything meets your expectations. If something isn't quite right, most virtual staging companies are happy to make revisions until you're completely pleased with the final result.

How to Virtually Stage a Home Using

Step 1: Registration and Login

Start by registering on our website if you're a new customer, or simply log in if you're a returning user.

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Step 2: Welcome

Upon logging in, you'll see an introductory message explaining how to reach out for assistance during any step of the process via phone or live chat.

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Step 3: Name Your Project

Give your project a unique name to easily track your progress.

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Step 4: Upload Photos

Next, upload photos of your property. Don't worry if you don't have all the photos ready, you can add more at various stages of the process.

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Step 5: Select Services

Choose the desired staging services for individual photos you've uploaded.

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Step 6: Provide Staging Instructions

Key in necessary information, like the room type and desired furniture style. Choose from a variety of furniture styles, and feel free to leave custom notes or provide reference photos for staging.

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Step 7: Payment

After instructions are placed for all photos, proceed to the payment section. Upon completion of payment, you can expect your staged photos within 4 to 8 hours.

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Step 8: Review

Review the staged photos upon receipt. If the result isn't to your liking, we provide two options. The first is to request unlimited revisions until you're satisfied. Alternatively, we offer a full money-back guarantee.

At, we take immense pride in having devised a virtual staging process that is both super-simple and user-friendly. We believe that technology should make things easier, not compound them, which is why we've aimed to keep our platforms intuitive and efficient. 

Top Tips for Successful Virtual Staging

When it comes to virtual staging, a few strategic actions can greatly enhance the outcome, making the property more attractive to potential buyers. Here are some essential tips to keep in mind during the virtual staging process.

Tip #1: Be Transparent About the Property

When utilizing virtual staging or more comprehensive modifications via virtual renovation services, it's crucial to maintain honesty with your potential buyers about these enhancements. Misrepresentation can lead to distrust and ultimately lost sales, while transparency builds buyer confidence. At, we assist in maintaining this transparency by letting you add custom watermarks or disclaimers to your images, ensuring buyers are aware of any virtual staging or renovations.

Tip #2: Understand Your Potential Buyers

A key aspect of successful staging, virtual or otherwise, lies in identifying and understanding your target demographic. The deeper your understanding of your potential buyers, the better you can cater to their needs and preferences. This knowledge can guide your decisions on which rooms to highlight and how, and it can even influence your choice of furniture styles. By aligning the virtual decor and styling with your potential buyers' tastes, you make it easier for them to envision themselves living in the property, thereby fostering a stronger buying impulse.

Tip #3: Use High-Quality Images

In virtual staging, the quality of your original photos can make a significant difference in the final result. Always use high-resolution images taken in good lighting conditions for best results. Good photography will provide the virtual staging professional with a clear and accurate canvas to work on, leading to a more realistic and appealing finished product.

How to Virtually Stage a Home for Free

There are a few options to consider. For starters, you can take a hands-on approach by using free tiers of certain 3D design software tools. However, with these free tiers, it's crucial to bear in mind that they likely offer limited customization options and may not include built-in rendering capabilities, thus potentially limiting the quality of your final staging.

Alternatively, consider signing up with a virtual staging provider that might offer free credits to new clients. Even if such an offer isn't explicitly advertised on the provider's website, don't hesitate to reach out to their customer service; they may have unadvertised offers or can provide you information on potential upcoming deals.

FAQs about Virtually Staging a Home

How do you virtually stage a room?

Virtually staging a room begins with taking a high-quality, well-lit photograph of the space from an optimal angle. Then, you would select a virtual staging platform, such as If the room is already furnished, you can also digitally remove existing furniture to create an empty canvas.

Next, you choose the furniture style that aligns with your potential buyers' tastes and provide any additional instructions to the designers.

Finally, you review the staged room. Check that everything is appropriately positioned and the overall look is convincing and appealing. 

Are there any particular lighting, time of day, or other conditions recommended for taking the original photos for optimal virtual staging results?

For optimal virtual staging results, it is best to take the original property photos during the day when plenty of natural light is available. This not only illuminates the space adequately to bring out the room's features, but it also helps ensure the resolution and overall quality of the photos are high. 

However, if natural light is inadequate, you may use artificial light sources to ensure that every area is well lit. Avoid taking photos during the dusk or dawn hours when lighting can be inconsistent, leading to shadows and varied lighting intensities across different parts of the room. 

Most professional real estate photographers prefer overcast days which offer diffused lighting, as this minimizes harsh shadows and bright spots. Clear, well-lit photos are crucial for the virtual stagers to provide an accurate and high-quality finished product.

Try Virtual Staging Today

Virtual staging is a powerful tool that brings properties to life, helping potential buyers imagine their future homes in the best light.

If you're ready to transform your listing, we invite you to try the streamlined, efficient, and affordable virtual staging solutions at Let us help you make a lasting impression with your property.

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