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(Updated April 2017)

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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Stagin g a Home

Curb appeal on a budget, (DJ Home Selling Team, Mar. 14, 2017).

5 staging props you need to stop using . . .now!, (Styled Staged & Sold,  Jan. 16, 2017).

Selling your home:  the 11 most important spots to declutter before the open house, (Apartment Therapy,  Jan.  9, 2017).

View the same property staged 3 different ways, (Styled Staged & Sold,  Oct. 17, 2016).

Home staging: pro tips for appealing to the senses, (RIS Media, Nov. 24, 2015).

Want top dollar for your house?  Apply elbow grease, (WPTZ, Sept. 14, 2015).

On the Job with the 'Property Brothers': Everything You Need to Know to Prep Your Home for Sale, (ABC News, July 1, 2015).

6 Simple Yet Effective Home Staging Ideas for Under $40, (Forbes, May 1, 2015).

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

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

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

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

Tips for Specific Area s of the House

Less is always more when staging your home, (Realty Times, Oct. 26, 2016).

Home staging ideas to take your basement to the top, (, Sept. 16, 2016).

The 5 most important home staging tips for the kitchen, (Professionals Staging, July 25, 2016).

The Art of Home Staging, (The New York Times, Jan. 22, 2016).

Stage the Bathroom: 7 Simple Ideas, (Styled Staged & Sold/National Association of REALTORS®, Nov. 23, 2015).

Top 5 Most Overlooked Spots When Staging Your Home, (Decorating Divas, May 1, 2015).

Front Entry Tips and Trends for Every Home, (REALTOR® Magazine, Jan. 2015).

eBooks & Other Resources

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

Clear Your Clutter (Kindle, OverDrive Read, EPUB ebook, PDF eBook)

Clutter Busting! (OverDrive Listen, OverDrive MP3 Audiobook)

Clutter Free (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)

The Quick-Fix Home Organizer (PDF eBook)

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 Services. 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 Services 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:, 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

Field Guides & More

These field guides and other resources in the Virtual Library may also be of interest:

Field Guide to Green Homes & Green Mortgages

Field Guide to Hoarding and Real Estate

Field Guide to Remodeling

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