Home Staging: The Winning Way to Sell Your House for More Money

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The way you live in a home and the way you sell it are two different things. That's the premise of Staging*, a concept that teaches you to look at your home through a buyer's eyes and make adjustments to improve its appeal and value.

In any real estate market, Staged homes sell faster or sell for more money—or both. With Home Staging, you'll learn how to play up your home's strong points and improve its presentation. By rearranging furniture, trimming overgrown bushes, painting ...

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Overview

The way you live in a home and the way you sell it are two different things. That's the premise of Staging*, a concept that teaches you to look at your home through a buyer's eyes and make adjustments to improve its appeal and value.

In any real estate market, Staged homes sell faster or sell for more money—or both. With Home Staging, you'll learn how to play up your home's strong points and improve its presentation. By rearranging furniture, trimming overgrown bushes, painting a room, and clearing out the clutter, Home Staging will help you spotlight your property for a fast, profitable sale.

Filled with organizing tips and checklists, plus before-and-Staged photographs that dramatically show how Staging can transform your home inside and out, Home Staging has all the answers you'll need when looking to increase the sale price of your home.

*Staging is a federally registered trademark of StagedHomes.com

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Editorial Reviews

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Staging a home doesn't require deep pockets, but it does require an open mind. Take inventory of materials you already own and consider how you could use them to make your listing more attractive. For example, take a plastic table from your backyard and cover it with a tablecloth to dress up an empty kitchen. Read the latest book review for more tips.—realtor.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471760962
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/10/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 526,312
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Seehafer Sears is one of the decorating industry's most sought-after creative minds. A former editor at House & Garden, Country Living, and Child magazines, she has written more than a dozen books about gardening, style, decorating, and family traditions.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

Chapter 1. So You’re Selling Your House…

Chapter 2. Ready, Stage, Sell: Home Staging Guidelines that Work.

Chapter 3. Staging Magic: How To Stage Each Room In Your House.

Chapter 4. Taking the Staging Magic Outside.

Chapter 5. Getting It Done: It’s Commitment Time.

Chapter 6. Staging on a Dime.

Chapter 7. Showing Your Staged House: Lights! Music! Action!

Chapter 8. Welcome to Barb’s house:   Staging to Live!

Chapter 9. What to do when you need help? ASPs to the Rescue!

Chapter 10. Staging Tales From the Trenches.

Chapter 11. How to Work with Your Real Estate Agent.

Chapter 12. How Home Staging is Changing the Real Estate Industry.

STAGING RESOURCE CENTER.

Recipe for a Sale.

Why Should You Stage Your Home?

Your Personal Moving Checklist.

Barb Schwarz's Home Staging Wisdom: Words That Work.

Who is an Accredited Staging Professional?

What You Can Expect If You Work with an Accredited Staging Professional.

Barb Schwarz's Staging Criteria.

Showing Your Staged Home.

Quick Tips for Staging Your Home.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2006

    All surface NO substance!

    Don't waste your time. I read the WHOLE THING in 3 ½ hours. This book reveals little for the home seller looking for ideas on how to prepare (stage) their home for selling. Do a Google search on the subject... you will find MUCH more useful information in the same amount of time. Ms. Schwarz gives a whopping ONE paragraph and 2 bullet point description on tips to stage the master bedroom, a room she acknowledges is key to attracting a buyer's attention. The Before & After pictures featured in the book look like they were taken with an old instamatic camera. Ms. Schwarz banters on about professionalism, yet she could not even hire a professional photographer to capture visual image examples of her own staging work. An area she self professes to be the leading authority on. However, Ms Schwarz does give a boastful 10 pages (Chapter 8) on how wonderful her own home is. But the description is so saccharinely fake, as you read it you start to pity the 'staged' fantasy she is living, or at least describing. It would make a great Saturday Night Live skit. At one point, as she shares that there are no wire hangers in her home, I could not but think of the scene from the movie 'Mommy Dearest' where Joan Crawford banishes them from her own life. This book leaves me with a BAD first impression.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2007

    All the world is a staging?

    Schwarz claims to have invented the idea of staging a home for buyers about 35 years ago. With that much history on the subject the book should be a lot better. Much of the information is common sense nowadays (like cleaning the house before selling it). She does offer some decent budget-saving tips on decorating, and a fairly extensive checklist for prepping a home for sale. Before and after pictures are somewhat outdated looking though, and she promotes her own business too much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2007

    Sold my house within a week after reading this book

    Had had my house on the market for almost 3 months with only a few 'nibbles', and was getting little assistance from our real estate agent. Bought this book, took her instructions to heart, and got a contract on the house within 1 week after implementing Mrs. Schwarz's strategies. A lot of practical information on how to set up each room to sell. I thought had 'decluttered' my home already, until I read her book, great ideas on removing furniture, how to improve look of various rooms, without spending a ton, etc. I really felt like it made a difference. Has before and after pictures of rooms she has staged to give you an idea of how much it might improve the look of the rooms by following a few simple strategies. I have no design background, or natural eye for this sort of thing, and the suggestions in this book really made a difference to me, and I felt like it help to get our home sold quickly when I was starting to get nervous (already had closed on another house). I have recommended this book to several friends already, and I am a big fan. If I ever have to sell a house again, this is my primary resource for getting it sold quickly.

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