8 Home Staging Dos & Don'ts to Boost the Chance of a Quick Sale (PHOTOS)

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Preparing to put your house on the market can be an incredibly nerve-wracking experience. You may look around each and every room and wonder where to begin. Believe me, you're not alone! 

When Leslie D. of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, was readying to put her "cramped Cape" up for sale, she sought the help of a professional home stager to assist her in pulling it all together.

"Instead of having me rent expensive furnishing and art, she worked with what I had," explained Leslie, who asked not to be identified by last name. "When her swirl of energy settled, she had winnowed it to a perfect home -- just enough furniture and wall art to make an average Cape feel amazingly spacious and comfortable."

While some may not want to spend money hiring a pro, others argue that proper staging will not only sell your home quickly but also perhaps spark a bidding war.

"The Cape sold in one day," Leslie said, "with two over-list-price offers."  

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Whether you seek out the assistance of a seasoned professional or want to try staging yourself, here are some crucial dos and don'ts to keep in mind. Click through the slideshow to see them for yourself -- who knew #3 was such a turn-off? -- then tell us:

Was there one thing that helped sell your home or made you want to buy someone else's?

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