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Field Guide to Preparing & Staging a House for Sale

(Updated January 2015)

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)


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Staging a Home

2015 Profile of Home Staging, (National Association of REALTORS®, 2015).

How staging made all the difference,  (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2015).

Staging a home to appeal to millennials,  (Alaskan Home, Oct. 2, 2014).

Curb appeal for your home on the cheap, (Realty Times, Mar. 28, 2014).

Staging and selling with kids: make your house shine, (realtor.com®, n.d.).

Home staging guide,  (REALTOR® Magazine, n.d.).


Tips for Specific Areas of the House

Front entry tips and trends for every home, (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2015).

How do I stage a bathroom for showings?, (The New York Times, Jan. 21, 2015).

Home staging: how to make your appliances appeal to buyers, (Realty Biz News, Dec. 26, 2014).

Home selling tips: how to stage your dining room, (BendAreaInfo.com, Oct. 29, 2014).

Home staging—craft room to home office, (Goodbye House, Hello Home, n.d.).

Staging the family room, (The Dedicated House, May 17, 2014).


eBooks & Other Resources

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The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

Staging Secrets (Kindle Book, OverDrive Read, EPUB eBook, PDF eBook)

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)

How to Increase the Value of Your Home: Simple, Budget-Conscious Techniques and Ideas That Will Make Your Home Worth Up to $100,000 More! (Adobe eBook)

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

How to stage your home to sell for top dollar, (Concord, CA: www.stagedhomes.com, 2006). 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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