Secrets of a Stager: 10 Tips for an Instantly Irresistible Home

Host of HGTV's and the woman at the helm of the most successful home staging company in the world, knows a thing or two about how to move a listing. So we asked  the styling guru to take a break from her staging-630-homes-a-year schedule, and let us in on the tricks of the trade that have made her a go-to for such clients as Madonna and Harrison Ford.
dh-secrets-of-a-stager-market-13 1. Buy crisp white sheets for all of the beds: If you're just going for looks, Bed Bath & Beyond has a hotel line that does the trick and is well-priced. Classic Bedding Sheet Set, from $165,
2. Wash the windows: Clean inside and out and take down old window screens for clear crisp views. Make sure to let your prospective buyer know that you have the screens in storage. Common Goods Glass Cleaner, $8,
3. Wrap your old books in kraft paper: One uniform color gives a streamlined and clean look. Kraft Paper Rolls, from $16/each,
4. Make new pillow covers: Shop the fabric stores for something fresh. If you don't sew, take the material to your local dry cleaners and ask them to make you a few cases. Schumacher Bleecker Fabric, $86/yd,
5. Declutter: Take a look around and get rid of anything and everything you don't want, don't need and don't like--especially the little stuff. Put items you're on the fence about in . Sterilite Latching Boxes, $80/set of six,
6. Paint it white: A fresh coat of white paint makes rooms look inviting. Steamed Milk Paint, price upon request,
7. Get rid of marks: Eliminate scuff marks on walls and moldings. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, $7,
8. But white orchids: They last for months, are cheap at  and , and look great in simple containers. White Orchid Plant, $45,
9. Pick up new white towels: Put them in all of the bathrooms and use the old ones as rags. You always need more rags. Real Simple Bath Towel, $13,
10. Organize kids' toys: Put everything in pretty baskets--I like the options from Pier 1 Imports and Cost Plus World Market. Carson Water Hyacinth Shelf Baskets, from $12,
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