Because many sellers confuse staging with decorating, which can seem so intimidating, they resist doing anything at all. But a professional staging service can make your home feel larger, brighter, and more welcoming—all qualities that rank high on potential buyers' must-have lists. If you're cost-conscious, you can opt to use your own furnishings. And if professional staging is truly not in the budget, borrow a few ideas from the pros' playbook: Set the
dining room table, display fresh flowers, and always cut out the clutter.