If you’re trying to sell your home, a home staging professional can be your best friend. A pro can come in, fix your house up and make it attractive to buyers. But like anything in life, there are hard truths about home staging. Read on to discover what they are and why it’s in your best interest to take them to heart. You can thank us after you get your asking price for your home. 1. Go Pro Professional help is best. Sure, you may want to do fix up your house by yourself, but it’s ultimately a task best left to the professionals. A pro understands the most appealing way furniture should be arranged so it will sell—the entire point in the first place. 2. Invest $ to Make $ It costs money to make money. Yes, a professional may cost you more money upfront. But the payback will make it worth it. Pros know what sells and what doesn’t. They’ll help you get the most value back on your home. 3. Take The “U” Out Of “ House” Your personal decorating style isn’t as cool as you think. Leave the family heirlooms and personal photos in storage. Staging your home is about making it more attractive to prospective buyers. It’s not about your personal idea of what makes a room look great (even though we’re sure you have fabulous taste). 4. Give It TLC The condition of your home is the only factor you can change. You can’t change the location of your home. The only thing you can do to make it more appealing to a buyer is improving what’s inside. Making your home’s interior sparkle will help you get the price you want for your home. 5. Be Open To Change Accept outsiders’ opinions. Sure, you may love your eclectic collection of furniture you’ve acquired through the years—yard sales are indeed a treasure trove of used furniture. But a buyer may not. Be sure to get opinions from those people (professionals or friends) and really listen. Put your ego aside in this situation. It will help your home sell faster and/or for more money. An outsider also won’t have the personal attachments to your personal pieces or artwork and will be able to give you an objective viewpoint. 6. Make It Modern Out-of-date appliances won’t sell well. Stainless steel appliances will make your home look updated and modern. Modern furniture will make your home look sleek. Buyers want to feel like they’ll be living in a great place no matter the price, and updated furniture and appliances can help. 7. Inside & Out Ensure that your home’s exterior looks presentable too. Mow the grass, get rid of cluttered lawn ornaments and just make it look nice. We all think pink flamingos in the green grass are adorable, but only if we’ve put them there, not someone else. 8. Next Level Cleaning. You need to really deep clean your home. Vacuuming and dusting thoroughly isn’t enough. Replace shower curtains, patch holes in the walls, dust the windowsills and consider adding fresh coats of paint to your home. It can be worth it to hire a professional cleaning service to really get into the nitty-gritty. About the Author: Teresa Tobat is a freelance writer and editor based out of the Washington, D.C. area. She blogs for Signature Furniture Rental and specializes in writing about lifestyle, fitness, food, DIY and travel. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her two long-haired Chihuahua puppies and researching her next dream destination. View her website to find out more.