(Updated February 2013)
Banish the clutter! Trim the bushes! Hide your Star Wars collection! Take down the family pictures! What can you do to prepare a house for sale? Here are tips, hints, thoughts and ideas for sprucing up, cleaning out, decorating, staging, creating a great first impression and making a house appealing to buyers. (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)
Staging a Home
Be a staging star, (RealtyTimes, Feb. 16, 2012).
Discussion: Does home staging pay off?, (The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 19, 2012).
10 home staging tips from a TV designer, (MarketWatch, May 29, 2012).
Five tips for selling your home in winter, (USA Today, Nov. 20, 2011).
Tips for Specific Areas of the House
Are you staging homes for the holidays?, (Styled Staged & Sold, Nov. 26, 2012).
A real estate Christmas? Decorating the client’s homes for the holidays, (The Chicago Agent, Nov. 26, 2012).
Selling the city, (REALTOR® Magazine, Oct. 2010).
Seduce buyers with the master bedroom suite, (RealtyTimes, May 11, 2012).
Staging bathrooms. How to get that spa look, (Prep Your Home, Apr. 25, 2012).
10 steps for staging kitchens and dining spaces, (The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking, Mar. 22, 2012).
Home staging, how a front door can sell your house, (ActiveRain, Jan. 10, 2012).
How to stage your laundry room to sell your home, (laundry.about.com, n.d.).
eBooks & Other Resources
The following ebooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:
Home Staging for Dummies, (Kindle, Adobe PDF eBook)
Home Staging That Works, (Kindle, Adobe PDF eBook)
The Clutter Cure (Adobe eReader)
The Everything Organize Your Home Book (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
Go Organize! (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
The Learning Annex® Presents Uncluttering Your Space (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
Staging to Sell (Kindle, Adobe eReader)
Books, Videos, Research Reports & More
The resources below are available for loan through Information Central. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Central at 800-874-6500 for assistance.
The complete idiot's guide to staging your home to sell, (Indianapolis, IN: Alpha Books, 2007). HF 5438 D19
Building a successful home staging business, (New York, NY: Wiley, 2007). DVD023
Home staging: the winning way to sell your house for more money, (New York, NY: Wiley, 2006). HF 5438 Sch9
Home staging: creating buyer-friendly rooms to sell your house, (Arlington, MN: Center Stage Home, 2004). HF 5438 M43
Preparing your home to sell: how to increase your home's sales appeal, (Minneapolis, MN: David Knox, 2002). DVD001
Dress your house for success, (New York: Three Rivers Press, 1997). HD 1341 W43d
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