Top 10 Home-Staging Don'ts

1. Rationalize that a higher asking price means you will have more wiggle room. You could wind up sitting idle on the market with a house full of wiggle room.

2. Respond to lowball offers with a counter — instead, respond with an invitation to re-submit.

3. Refer to a leaky foundation as a central humidifier.

4. Make your house smell like a cherry orchard or a department store perfume counter.

5. Air your dirty laundry. This includes leaving bills and private papers out, or, of course, actual dirty laundry.

6. Take your prospects on A Complete History of The Kopecki Repairs & Renovations Tour.

7. "Clean up" by stuffing all the closets.

8. Leave unfinished DIY jobs for the buyers' honey-do list.

9. Defer yard work. Your house only gets one chance to make a first impression. Overgrown shrubs and broken gutters are the real estate equivalent of dandruff.

10. Think licks from Rex the Bulldog will help generate more offers.

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Top 10 Home-Staging Dos

​1. Set your listing price by utilizing area comparables, not based upon what you need to buy that ostrich farm.

2. Put personal collections away someplace safe, like a bank vault in Zurich.

3. Invest in a fresh coat of paint and get 150 percent green back on your investment.

4. Disclose everything, especially the stuff you are tempted not to.

5. Fix all running toilets, or risk flushing profits down the drain.

6. Remember that "outside" is the new "inside." Show off all of your living spaces.

7. Visit model homes to see how neutrality and spaciousness are made to feel so inviting.

8. Grind a lemon in the garbage disposal – it smells great and it's such great exercise.

9. Display the kind of plants that aren't injection-molded and painted in a factory somewhere overseas.

10. Keep your day job. Hire an agent and assist them in doing what they do best.