In a tough sales market, staging can help move a property. A seller stands to gain as much as 10% on a house if it’s staged properly. The cost per room for staging is $100; small potatoes if it really helps a home sell.
 Remove scatter rugs and knick-knacks from every room.
 Get rid of everything on the kitchen counters, including appliances, except for the coffee maker.
 Remove as much as you can from closets.
 Hire a cleaning service if necessary to make the house spotless. Scrub floors, walls, and windows. Pay special attention to the microwave, oven, and refrigerator.
 Focus on the feature rooms, the living, dining, and master bedrooms. Additional bedrooms are best left minimally furnished.
 Arrange the furniture to show off each room’s best features.
 Set the dining-room table with napkins, plates, and flatware.
 When showing the house, turn on soft instrumental ‘buying’ music, preferably classical or jazz.