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.


NAR Library & Archives has already done the research for you. References (formerly Field Guides) offer links to articles, eBooks, websites, statistics, and more to provide a comprehensive overview of perspectives. EBSCO articles (E) are available only to NAR members and require a password.

Infographic: Staged for Success

Staging a Home

How Much Does Home Staging Cost—and How Much Will You Gain? (realtor.com®, Jun. 23, 2019)

How Much Can Home Staging Boost Your Sale Price? (HousingWire, May 1, 2019)

The Worst Home Staging Advice Real Estate Experts Have Ever Heard (Apartment Therapy, Apr. 13, 2019)

3 Reasons Why Staging a Vacant Home Is Critical (National Association of REALTORS®, Mar. 4, 2019)

Home Staging and Hiring a Stager (the balance, Jan. 10, 2019)

How to Understand Home Staging Pricing and Proposals: Do’s and Don’ts (National Association of REALTORS®, Sep. 10, 2019)

Home Staging Guide (National Association of REALTORS®)

Virtual Staging

Real Estate Agents Turn to Virtual Staging Amid COVID-19 Outbreak (PR Newswire, Mar. 22, 2020) E

Will Virtual Staging Help Sell Your Home? (U.S. News & World Report, Mar. 20, 2020)

10 Virtual Staging Apps to Help You Get Ahead of the Curve (Quicken Loans, Dec. 18, 2019)

An Increasing Number of Real Estate Agents are Choosing Virtual Staging to Entice Buyers to their Listings (Forbes, Nov. 18, 2019)

Looking to Sell Your Home? Make Sure it has Web Appeal (CNN, Jul. 22, 2019)

The Ethical Use of Digitally-Improved Photos in Real Estate Marketing (RISMedia, Jun. 4, 2019)

The Worst Offenses in Virtually Staged Photos (REALTOR® Magazine Live, May 17, 2019)

Tips for Specific Areas of the House

How to Stage Kid’s Rooms When Selling Your Home (freshome, Mar. 4, 2020)

How to Stage Your Outdoor Space (Red House Staging, May 23, 2019)

10 Bedroom Staging Tips That Help Houses Sell (List With Clever, May 13, 2019)

How to Stage an Entryway that’s Impressive (Chicagoland Home Staging, May 3, 2019)

How to Stage Your Laundry Room to Sell Your Home (The Spruce, Mar. 2, 2019)

The 3 Most Important Rooms to Stage in a House (National Association of REALTORS®, Mar. 15, 2019)

4 Simple Tips for Staging Your Bathroom (RISMedia, Mar. 5, 2019)

Tips for Staging the Kitchen (the balance, Feb. 6, 2019)

eBooks & Other Resources

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

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Kindle, eBook)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Audiobook)

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 (Kindle, 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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2020 Census

The decennial census is important for all REALTORS® because completing the 2020 census means more resources for businesses and communities.


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