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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Staging your Home to Sell [Paperback]

Julie Dana , Marcia Layton Turner
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Feb. 6 2007 The Complete Idiot's Guide
It’s show time!

Home staging transforms rooms from that everyday lived-in look to ready-to-be sold for top dollar. This step-by-step guide offers the tactics used by home stagers—from de-cluttering and cleaning up to arranging and remodeling—that will often yield a quicker sale and higher selling price.
--Decorating tips to make a house appeal to the widest range of buyers
--Cost-effective techniques to highlight the home’s selling points, whether it’s the floor plan, the high ceilings, or a newly renovated bathroom
--Suggestions on how to downplay or eliminate features that might be considered negatives— such as smaller rooms, minimal storage space, or ghastly wall colors

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Marcia Layton Turner is a contributing editor at ePregnancy magazine, where she has written about a wide range of pregnancy-related challenges. She is also the bestselling author of more than 12 books, and her work has appeared on such websites as iVillage.com, and in such magazines as Woman’s Day and Business 2.0, among others.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Staging Your Home to Sell Feb. 22 2012
By granny
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It has a lot of good ideas, however; I am a visual person who would have enjoyed more pictures. None of the provided pictures were in color which I found a bit off putting. Overall, good information, but not as helpful as I had hoped.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the best May 12 2007
By D. A. Zaranti - Published on Amazon.com
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This is, by my standards, the best book on teaching a novice to stage your home for maximum sale value! The book is very well-organized and takes you through everything, step-by-step, that needs to be done prior to putting your home on the market. There are checklists of things to do, as well as time and budget guidelines. All in all, I found this to be an extremely valuable book! The help it's given me to get the most "bang for my buck" while preparing my home for the real estate market is amazing. I highly recommend buying, reading and implementing the procedures in this book prior to selling your home, no matter what price range your home falls in. Next best thing to hiring a professional stager.
38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Home sellers take note! March 1 2007
By Roberta Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
As a Real Estate Staging Specialist, I found this book to be full of excellent ideas for the DIYer with more time than $$. Just as you would get dressed up when selling yourself for a job interview, your house needs to look it's best when selling itself. The authors did a great job explaining how to prepare your house for the market, and why a house should be staged (higher profits and a quicker sale).
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My house sold in less than a week June 1 2007
By Tina - Published on Amazon.com
This book is full of excellent advice. I would not have thought to do all the tasks this book suggests. Once the author explains it, it makes perfect sense as to what staging is, why it's so important and most importantly (if you're a novice like me) how to pull it off. I had multiple bidders and got more than my asking price. If you're selling your house, I highly recommend reading this book BEFORE you put it on the market.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The book's great, but the pictures are from another era.... Jan. 8 2010
By the Peripatetic Gardener - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a thoughtful, well-organized book with absolutely awful pictures.

Dana and Turner have written an extremely helpful buyer's guide. I watch double my share of HG-TV, yet I had a lot to learn here. They explain the 'staging' concept, explain how to price your home and set a staging budget. Then they give practical, step by step instructions on how to ready your home for sale. And how to turn it into a marketable 'house' rather than your family's 'home.'

There's a room-by-room analysis which explains staging goals for that room, which rooms are most important to buyers, and where your staging dollars should be spent.

But the black and white pictures are so blurry that I kept wondering if I was suffering from eye strain as I tried to look at them. Plus, they all too often do not illustrate the authors' point. The publisher's low budget for photography lowers a five star book to four stars.

I more than got my money's worth from 'Staging Your Home to Sell' but I wish it had a better title (when has 'idiot' been a selling point?). And if there's a new edition, it needs better photos.
31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed Jan. 14 2008
By patti - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very disappointed in the photos...they're all in BLACK N' WHITE!
I think that seeing things in color would have made this book more interesting and useful. One photo was describing a pink bedspread...I sure didn't get the whole picture at first and then tried to imagine what the rest of the room was like. And my Gosh! One photo displayed a black (I think it was black) sexy nightgown laying out on the bed as part of staging? Staging for what?!? I think that could embarass the buyer! And they were worried about offending someone with having a bottle of wine out! Save your money! There are plenty of other books out there where someone could afford to have it published in color.
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