Patrick Murray Logo

Home Staging Made Simple

Home staging is all the rage these days and a lot of people think that they have to hire a professional home stager in order to sell their home as quickly, and for the best price as possible. Although hiring a pro is always a good thing, there are a lot of things that you can easily and cheaply do to improve the sale appeal of your home.

Make Minor Repairs

Take the time and spend the pennies needed to replace broken or cracked outlet or switch covers. Fill nail holes in walls, especially if you’re bad at hitting studs.


Your daughter may have loved her pink room, but it might leave a prospective buyer mentally calculating how much time and money it will cost to repaint. If walls are dirty, paint them. Repainting doesn’t cost a lot, especially if you do the work yourself, but freshly painted walls pay off big time when a potential buyer walks through your home.

Get Rid of Clutter and Give Every Room a Purpose

If there’s a room in your house that serves as a catch-all for things like unused fitness equipment or furniture, clear it out and turn it into usable space like an office. Remove small appliances and utensils from kitchen counters. Buyers always look in closets so make sure you clean them out. Large pieces of furniture make a room look smaller. If you have a huge sofa, remove it and replace it with small groupings of furniture.

Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More

A dirty home will turn off a potential buyer like nothing else. When you think it’s clean enough, clean it again. Better yet, hire professionals to do it right. Have the carpets professionally cleaned, and make sure every window is cleaned inside and out.

Give Bathrooms the Spa Treatment

People love a nice bathroom. Replace cheap stock drawer pulls with something nicer. Replace contractor lighting with a chandelier or sconces. Replace towel bars with nicer ones from a bathroom boutique. Put out new white or off-white towels and replace the shower curtain with a new fabric one.


The yard and exterior of your house are the first things buyers will see so it’s important to make a great first impression. Do a general clean-up, trim shrubs, and mulch the flower beds. Place urns filled with seasonal blooms by the front door.

Follow these simple DIY home staging steps, and your house could sell faster and for a higher price.

By Patrick Murray