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Home Staging That Works: Sell Your Home in Less Time for More Money

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  43 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Want to sell your home at a premium price-now? Never mind simply tidying up: an amazing 91% of real estate professionals say professional staging is the way to go. But sure enough, hiring a staging consultant will cost you. Thankfully, you can now get all the secrets and techniques the pros don't want you to know, from one of America's most successful staging experts. Hom ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 24th 2010 by AMACOM
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May 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, how-to
What sets this book apart from other staging guides, and many hgtv shows, is the insight that buyers are younger than sellers, and that you can market your house more effectively by knowing what appeals to that younger generation. Simple and brilliant way of framing the issue. I had never thought of staging in those terms before, but upon reading the first chapter, it was obvious to me who the potential buyers are in my neighborhood.

Starr Osborne does devote chapters to thorough cleaning and dec
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
It would have been far more useful if it was better organized and geared towards a reader that doesn't have time. Dear author: Practice what you preach and know your audience before you write a book just as you suggest for people staging their homes.

The book had some good tips, but it was an organizational train wreck. There was content on how to stage each room sprinkled throughout the book. Plus, you had to read through paragraphs of text for information that would have been easier to use if
Jamie Hatch
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Although it had some good ideas, it isn't a fool proof plan. Somethings are too generalized and others not detailed enough. I'm not sure some of the ideas work in all markets. For example, I HATE homes that need lamps for basic lighting, and she recommends capping all ceiling lighting unless its over a table. After that recommendation, I had to take everything else with a grain of salt. I'm from generation X and few if any of the characteristic she labeled for my generation fit me, so it made me ...more
Feb 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Definitely a thorough and convincing book about preparing your home for sale with added profit (she claims $600,000 in one case). The last chapter, a synopsis of what to do if you only have 2 weeks is notable. However, the amount of money one needs to stage according to these standards is significant so it is written for homeowners who have hundreds of thousands if not a million or more invested in their homes. It can be toned down, however, for those with homes under $500,000. Well worth the re ...more
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Non-Fiction; Home Improvement
4 stars

This book is great for understanding the use value of staging to sell. It helps you to disengage yourself from the emotional attachment to your 'home' so you can sell the structural space of your 'house.'

It is divided into do-able steps and places emphasis on the things that buyers will be looking at when considering your house for purchase.

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Informative, but not the book for someone with a modest home. To follow all of the staging techniques recommended wouldn't be worth the cost and effort for the return on investment. I'm not selling my home - the book just caught my interest. I've done a couple of cheap recommendations already just so my home is nicer to live in.
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: design, house-home
A truly useful book on home staging - lots of great ideas. Some interesting points about generational differences in what's looked for in a home. Even if you're not thinking of selling, you can use this book to figure out how to improve your living space for yourself.
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great resource for sellers and real estate agents who want to give their clients staging recommendations. Lots of great ideas, but as other have mentioned, to do everything would be too costly for most people. This will stay in my library and I will recommend to my seller
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Good timeline for cleaning/decluttering and helpful (if generalized) ideas about what different generations of buyers are looking for in a home.
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