Staging your home is a key part in the selling process and can increase the odds of closing the deal.

Some good advice from states: "If you have a distinctive decorating style – whether it's Tuscan, shabby chic or modern – you're going to need to scale it back a bit. If you don't, your home will appeal to the small percentage of potential buyers who love your chosen style. Staging is about strategic editing and depersonalizing, rather than decoration and personalizing."

Aspire co-owner Mitsy Tharp says a little staging can do wonders for getting the top dollar for your home and getting it sold in the timeframe you desire. Proper staging can make the potential buyer forget about the outdated fixtures and features they may not like, she says. Their attitude can shift from "no way, no how" to "not perfect, yet I really like that pool and backyard."

It's important to remember that a house with furniture generally shows better than a vacant house, Aspire co-owner Lisa Leggett says. "When staging, it is not necessary to do the whole house. Stage key rooms – living room, master bed room, etc. – and any areas that may be difficult for a buyer to visualize. This could be an office, a bonus room or an odd shaped room."

The realtytimes article goes on to say, "Strive to stage your space with a current and fresh feel. Use updated neutrals on the walls and furnishings that are clean-lined and simple. Punches of color are great; just use them sparingly. A room arranged symmetrically and centered on the architecture reads as peaceful – one of those important aesthetics every buyer is drawn to."