Getting Your Home Picture Perfect

Getting Your Home Picture Perfect

Pros and Cons of Staging & Preparing Your Home for Sale

Photos of sample home staging by Interiors by Karan Murray

by Jordan Golisano-VanNeil | April 3rd, 2023 | EmailLinkedIn

Homes seem to be selling left and right in today’s real estate market, but some homeowners are leaving money on the table by not properly preparing their home for sale. A great way to get your home ready to be sold is to stage it, since the most common concerns amongst home sellers are their mismatched furniture and scuffed walls. However, you can still elevate the overall look and feel of your home when it comes time to sell, all while still living there until you’re ready to move.

Pros and Cons

There are pros and cons to consider in deciding whether or not to stage your home. A staged home helps your property sell faster and at a higher price. Based on a recent study, staged homes spend about 75% less time on the market than non-staged homes and 85% of staged homes sold between 5 to 23% over their listing price. 82% of buyers’ agents said staging a home made it easier for a buyer to envision the functionality of the space as well as visualize that property as their future home. Proper staging, done by an interior designer, is crucial as it can help enhance the appeal of the home through certain colors, styles, and materials. The down side to staging a home is that it can get pricey, typically costing between $778 and $2,851. Although the return on investment is high, it may not always the best choice for the seller. The good thing is that if you decide that you want the benefits of staging your home without the high costs, there are different options that may be a better fit for you and your budget.


When it comes to home staging, there are different avenues you can take that will still benefit your home and your wallet. We talked with one of our Roohan agents, and interior designer, Karan Murry who owns Interiors by Karan Murray and she said that you can do as much, or as little, as you want when it comes to staging your home. The bare minimum that you can do is to have an interior designer walk through your home and do what they call “shopping the home” where they rearrange a room using what is already there along with any stored decoration from your basement or attic. You can also go as far as removing your homes furniture entirely and having an interior designer come in to paint and stage the entire house with their own furniture.

What to do on your own

Hiring an interior designers will help you get more bang for your buck, but if you choose not to go that route, you can take some advise from interior designer Karen Murray on staging your home yourself. Karan said first and foremost, know that you a selling a house and buying a home. The more neutral, warm and functional you can make your home look, the more comfortable a potential homebuyer will feel. Karan suggests clearing your entry-way of clutter (shoes, dog leashes, jackets) and placing a door mat on the floor, it goes much further than you might think. Have a freshly deep cleaned home, whether you do it yourself or hire a one day cleaning service, a deep clean and fresh blankets on the bed can help showcase a clean home. Clear out some appliances on your countertop, tidy up and tuck away any personal items such as photos or anything that may seem controversial. Lastly, a fresh coat of paint in a bedroom or office makes it feel new and crisp.

Below you can find a before and after photo of Karan Murray staging of a house that did not sell unstaged but sold shortly after it was staged

Before After






Whether you decide to hire an interior designer or do a DIY staging, having well-placed furniture and décor in your home will greatly benefit the quick sale of your home. So get up and get ready to get your home picture perfect. When in doubt, talk to your realtor and follow the Roohan Realty Pre-Photo checklist to be ready for your homes big photo op!

If you are currently about to list your home for sale or would like to in the near future, here is our Roohan Realty Pre-Photo Checklist to help you get your home looking its best!

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