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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Staging your Home to Sell Paperback – Feb 6 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 1 edition (Feb. 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592576117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592576111
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 1.9 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #667,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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, and in such magazines as Woman’s Day and Business 2.0, among others.

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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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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa656dc9c) out of 5 stars Best of the best May 12 2007
By D. A. Zaranti - Published on
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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.
42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa656dee8) out of 5 stars Home sellers take note! March 1 2007
By Roberta Anderson - Published on
Format: Paperback
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).
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa68a8144) out of 5 stars The book's great, but the pictures are from another era.... Jan. 8 2010
By Lazy Day Gardener - Published on
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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.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa68a82e8) out of 5 stars disappointed Jan. 14 2008
By patti - Published on
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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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa68a81bc) out of 5 stars Best Money We Ever Spent Feb. 15 2008
By Bill McGann - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is great! Especially in today's real estate market, your house has to stand out from the crowd, and this book gives you the tools to make that happen. The authors give you general tips for the whole house, then a room-by-room section helps you fix up each room to its best potential. Lots of before-and-after photos help you visualize what you need to do.

"De-clutter" is a regular drumbeat that goes through this whole book, and we seriously did that. The result was that nearly all of our potential buyers commented on how clean the house was. Well yes, it was clean, but the appearance from the de-cluttering was more important in causing the look of cleanliness.

A psychological plus for us: after the staging, the house was now just a house, no longer our beloved home. That may sound negative, but it helped us see a low offer for the house not as an insult, but just as a starting point in negotiating for this object. We could be much more objective in the selling process.

Was this book responsible for four offers on the house in one week? Can't know, but we're sure it helped. Also, We thought enough of this book that we recommended it to our real estate agent after the house sold, for her other clients who might need it.
- Bill McGann, Author of The Story of the Tour de France