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Field Guide to Preparing & Staging a House for Sale

(Updated January 2014)

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

34 House Staging Tips, (Sustainable Personal Finance).

4 tips for effectively staging your home for sale, (Realty Times, Dec. 18, 2013).

Want to sell the home faster? Stage it first, study says,  (Styled Staged & Sold, Oct. 7, 2013).

Staging an Empty Home (Coldwell Banker Blue Matter, Aug. 2013)

Discussion: Does home staging pay off?,  (The Wall Street Journal,  Nov. 19, 2012).

Be a staging star, (RealtyTimes, Feb. 16, 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

Dress up the laundry room with staging, (Styled Stage & Sold, Jan. 6, 2014).

Home sellers: keep kitchen counters clutter free, (Realty Times, Dec. 3, 2013).

Hiding an Ugly Garage Door (The New York Times, Aug. 14, 2013).

Key Rules to Showing Your Home: Preparing the Exterior (Realty Times, Aug. 9, 2013).

You Are What You Refrigerate (The New York Times, June 6, 2013)

Side-yard appeal can help sell your home,  (Realty Times,  May 31, 2013).

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).

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).

Selling the city, (REALTOR® Magazine, Oct. 2010).

How to stage your laundry room to sell your home, (laundry.about.com, n.d.).

Staging the garage for open houses, (realtor.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)

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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