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 the member's nar.realtor login.

Rooms Typically Staged 2021
Source: 2021 Profile of Home Staging (National Association of REALTORS®, Apr. 6, 2021)

Staging a Home

3 Luxury Staging Trends to Take ‘Center Stage’ In 2021 (RISMedia, Feb. 10, 2021)

Staging a Home to Sell During the COVID-19 Pandemic (SpareFoot, Oct. 20, 2020)

Home Staging from Afar (REALTOR® Magazine, Jul. – Aug. 2020)

Staging a House on a Budget (Millionacres, Jun. 9, 2020)

Tips for Staging Your Vacant Home (Cape Gazette, Jun. 24, 2020)

Is Staging Necessary in a Seller’s Market? (Lansing State Journal, Jun. 4, 2020)

7 Expert Home Staging Tips You Can Do Yourself (Real Simple, May 27, 2020)

How to Stage Your Home for a Quick Sale (Investopedia, Jun. 20, 2020)

Why Staging Matters (REALTOR® Magazine, Mar. 5, 2020)

Home Staging Guide (National Association of REALTORS®)

Virtual Staging

4 Ways Digital Staging Helps You Sell Your Home (iBuyer.com, Jan. 27, 2021)

What is Virtual Staging? 11 Things Homeowners Need to Know (The Zebra, Sep. 17, 2020)

Virtual Staging: The Hot Trend That Can Help Sell Your Home During the Coronavirus Crisis (realtor.com®, Aug. 27, 2020)

Will Virtual Staging Become the New Norm? (ADPro, Jul. 30, 2020)

Why Virtual Staging is a Must-Have for Real Estate Listings (Residence Style, Jul. 7, 2020)

Sound Off: What are the Benefits/Drawbacks to Virtual Staging? Is It Something We Can Expect to See More of? (SFGate, Jun. 23, 2020)

How to Work with Home Stagers Remotely (REALTOR® Magazine, Apr. 20, 2020)

How to Show Your Home During the Pandemic: The Definitive Seller’s Guide to Virtual Tours and More (realtor.com®, Apr. 15, 2020)

Compass Rolls out Virtual Real Estate Tools as Coronavirus Restricts Home Shopping (HousingWire, Apr. 1, 2020)

Virtual Staging Helps Buyers Imagine the Possibilities in an Empty Home (The Philadelphia Inquirer, Apr. 15, 2020)

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

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

Tips for Specific Areas of the House

4 Tips to Make Your Garage More Appealing to Buyers (AZ Golf Homes, Mar. 15, 2021)

Before and After: How Home Staging Reimagined a Dark, Dated, and Oversized Family Room (Apartment Therapy, Jul. 13, 2020)

What You Can Learn about Home Staging from my Garden Shed Makeover (DIY Home Staging Tips, Jun. 11, 2020)

Staging for a Post-Coronavirus Era: 3 Features Buyers are Going to Want (Chicago Agent Magazine, Apr. 10, 2020)

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

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

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, eBook)

Consider It Sold (Kindle, eBook)

Home Staging for Dummies (Kindle, eBook)

Home Staging That Works (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! (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

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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