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VRX Staging is one of many virtual staging providers transforming real estate sales and marketing.

Virtual staging is a powerful marketing tool – 85% of staged properties sell for the asking price or above.

There are dozens of virtual staging services, and deciding which provider to work with can be challenging.

So, to make your decision easier, we will compare VRX Staging to PhotoUp’s virtual staging to see which is best. 

VRX Virtual Staging vs PhotoUp

Launched in 2015, VRX Staging is a part of VRX Media, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The company was founded and is managed by real estate brokers and sales agents.

VRX Virtual Staging vs PhotoUp

VRX Staging focuses solely on virtual staging and higher-end photo editing, while VXR Media, the parent company, offers a broader array of real estate marketing services, including:

  • Interactive floor plans
  • Property video tours
  • Matterport 3D virtual tours
  • And aerial drone photography

You can also use VRX Media to book real estate photography sessions in over 15 states. 

Now, we’re comparing VRX Staging to PhotoUp, a socially-conscious, global real estate marketing company in business for over 10 years.

An industry leader in virtual staging, PhotoUp maintains a world-class team of staging editors and designers in the Philippines. Their customer service group is based in the US.

VRX Virtual Staging vs PhotoUp

PhotoUp offers more than virtual staging. They specialize in a comprehensive set of real estate marketing solutions, including:

All right, now that we’ve introduced both companies let’s compare them with the following in mind:

  • Creating an account  
  • Turnaround time 
  • Pricing plans and options
  • The range of design styles
  • And the quality of the results

So, let’s get our comparison underway! 

1. Creating an Account

VRX asks you to register as the first step to ordering any of their services.

VRX Staging: Create a new account

Their registration process is easy and fast. Just enter your name and contact information. You are then brought to a menu of virtual staging services.

PhotoUp also asks you to create a free account, which takes less than a minute.  Once you open the account, you can select any services you need.

PhotoUp virtual staging review: Create a new account

As you can see, creating an account and ordering services from both companies is simple and quick. 

Therefore, in terms of account creation and order placing – it’s a tie

Next up in our comparison is turnaround times.

2. Turnaround Time

Regarding turnaround times, both companies aim to deliver your virtually staged photos in 48 hours or less. 

However, you should note the following:

  • VRX requires 3 days to process furniture and large item removal requests
  • Additionally, orders placed with VRX on a Friday are delivered on Monday
  • Also, there isn’t any information on their website about the possibility of rush orders

PhotoUp delivers all your virtually staged images in 48 hours, and often quicker than that. 

First, you’ll receive low-resolution proofs back for your approval the next day. Then, once approved, PhotoUp sends you the finalized, high-resolution images within just a few hours.

PhotoUp does accept rush orders for a slightly higher cost. 

So, in terms of turnaround time – advantage PhotoUp.

Now, it’s time to compare the pricing plans and options of both providers.

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3. Pricing Plans and Options

VRX’s pricing information is easy to find and understand. Here’s an overview of the costs for their services: 

  • Virtual staging costs $29 per image
  • To add virtual twilight is $10 per photo
  • Sky replacement and grass greening are also $10 per photo
  • Color changes to walls, flooring, and furnishings are $15 per image
  • And their furniture and object removal service is a bit steep at $55 per image

It appears that each service is an additional cost, so if you virtually stage a patio ($29) and ask for virtual twilight ($10), the total cost for the image will be $39. 

Also, their website doesn’t offer any information about discounts for bulk orders. The above prices do, however, include unlimited revisions. 

PhotoUp relies on an easy-to-understand and easy-to-use credit system to make payments, and they offer discounts for bulk buying of credits.

PhotoUp’s  virtual staging prices are as follows:

  • Single set – 20 credits per photo
  • Double set – 30 credits per photo

Sets are defined by the number of design pieces and furniture and how many frames a single room or space requires. 

The cost of credits is as follows:

  • $1.15 per credit for subscription clients
  • $1.50 per credit for on-demand, pay-as-you-go clients

In terms of pricing, both companies are similar. However, PhotoUp is slightly less expensive for extra services and much more affordable for furniture removaladvantage PhotoUp.

Our next item in our comparison is the important issue of design style options for virtual staging. 

4. The Range of Design Styles

VRX allows you to select the design style for your virtual staging. And they offer 8 design style options for virtual staging decor.

VRX Staging furniture library

However, there are a few issues worth calling out:

  • Their design styles all look alike. For example, it’s hard to tell the difference, if there is any, between their contemporary, transitional, and bohemian style options
  • They don’t explain room types or decor accessories
  • And you’ll need to trust their staging editors to decide most of the furnishings and placement

In comparison, PhotoUp offers you more options and control. They feature a design library with 11 distinct decor style options and 18 room types. 

PhotoUp's virtual staging design library

And to add a finished look to any space, there are also 21 design accessories to choose from. 

PhotoUp’s 11 interior design styles include:

Therefore, in terms of design style options – advantage PhotoUp.

We’re almost done with our comparison. Last, we compare the quality of the virtual staging results. 

5.  Quality of Results

In order to assess the quality of their work, there are virtual staging samples on both companies’ websites. 

When reviewing VRX’s virtual staging samples, a few things stand out:

  • In a few samples, VRX’s furniture placement seemed odd and somewhat artificial
  • Some of the angles of the furniture seem off
  • Only a few samples were that striking or enormously appealing 
VRX Virtual Staging Example

In contrast, PhotoUp’s virtual staging samples were stunning. Here are a few other observations:

  • Each virtually staged photo looked realistic 
  • The sample photos featured well-decorated spaces and rooms
  • Also, all the angles and perspectives looked natural and correct
PhotoUp Virtual Staging Example

So, in terms of the quality of the images – advantage PhotoUp.

Finally, it’s time to review the results of our comparison of these two virtual staging providers. 

Our Results – Which Is the Best?

Let’s review our comparison of VRX Staging and PhotoUp’s virtual staging services.

It’s clear that there are several advantages to working with PhotoUp for your virtual staging needs.

First, PhotoUp’s services are slightly less expensive for any virtual editing needs beyond the basics. VRX’s $55 per image for furniture removal is quite costly.

Second, PhotoUp offers more robust virtual staging services, including digital repairs and decluttering.

Third, you get more and better design options with PhotoUp and more control over furniture choice and placement. 

Having called out those advantages, there are a few other issues with VRX Staging that should be noted, including:

  • VRX’s website is slow to load – and I have a new computer and high-speed internet
  • Maintaining two separate companies – VRX Staging and VRX Media – is somewhat confusing
  • VRX doesn’t offer single property websites, custom house portraits, or virtual assistant services – making it difficult for VRX to handle all your marketing needs
  • Also, VRX doesn’t mention anything about custom branding, discounts for bulk orders, or rush requests

Therefore, when we analyze our comparison results, we think PhotoUp is the best choice for virtual staging.

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Choose PhotoUp for Outstanding Virtual Staging

Affordable and easy to use, PhotoUp’s virtual staging service always delivers outstanding results.

Their virtual staging services include:

  • Photo-realistic staging of empty or outdated rooms
  • Repairs, remodeling, and renovations
  • Object removal, decluttering, and depersonalizing of rooms
  • Virtual landscaping
  • Sky replacements
  • Grass greening 
  • And more

To have your listing photos virtually staged, simply sign up for a free PhotoUp account, upload your images, add instructions (optional), and download your virtually staged photos in less than 48 hours.

PhotoUp Virtual Staging Demo

Check out how easy it is to get started using PhotoUp’s software in our short virtual staging demo: 

And chances are, if you’re using virtual staging, you likely also need some of the following services from time to time:

So, do yourself a favor and take the first step toward improving your marketing efforts. 

Sign up for a free PhotoUp account now and start selling your listings faster and for better prices. 

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Gregory Gronbacher

Real Estate Sales Agent / Professional Blogger

Gregory is a real estate sales agent and a state-certified instructor of real estate licensing and law. Originally from New York City, he's called Grand Rapids, Michigan home since 1995.

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