Don’t assume that your clients know what to do when it comes to getting a house ready for showings. Even if they’ve sold before, it’s often difficult for them to evaluate their own home. That’s where a REALTOR® can help. REALTORS® offer tips, hints, thoughts, and ideas for sprucing up, cleaning out, decorating, staging, creating a great first impression, and making a house appealing to buyers.


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Staging 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.)

The Most Important Rooms to be Staged

Tips for Specific Areas 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, (realtor.com®, 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, Audiobook, eBook)

Clutter Busting! (Audiobook)

Clutter Free (Kindle, Audiobook, eBook)

Home Staging for Dummies, (Kindle, eBook)

Home Staging That Works (Kindle, eBook)

The Clutter Cure (eBook)

The Everything Organize Your Home Book (Kindle, eBook)

The Quick-Fix Home Organizer (eBook)

Go Organize! (Kindle, eBook)

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! (eBook)

The Learning Annex® Presents Uncluttering Your Space (Kindle, eBook)

Staging to Sell (Kindle, eBook)

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. 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 Member Support 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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