Are you thinking of staging your New Jersey home for sale so you get a higher price and sell it quickly? You will get more money if you take time to eliminate out-dated decor and spruce up your home to give it a more modern look. You can inexpensively slipcover outdated sofas and chair upholstery (check out Surefit.com), replace dated or worn rugs, bedding, and pillows, and remove themed decor (e.g. beach, western, Native American, tropical) . Most buyers will not be impressed by country, traditional, shabby chic, or low-end college-style furniture. To elevate your home’s appeal and create a higher-end look, go with modern or transitional furniture and decor. If you’re not sure what’s in style, google sites like Elle decor, houzz.com, or the blog on hayneedle.com. Trendy and appropriate furniture and decor may cost you a bit more upfront but WILL help drive more interest in your property and likely get you a higher price. Following home design trends when listing your New Jersey — or any home — is crucial. It’s almost always best to use modern style (except perhaps in certain 55+ communities) and popular colors — such as gray (still a great neutral), moss green, navy or teal, yellow, white — in furniture, rugs, and accessories. Stay away from more out-of-the-box colors like pink, purple, pale blue and anything very bright (except possibly in accent pillows and decor — this is another way a home stager can help you figure out what works best for your particular home, neighborhood, and price point). A more dramatic finished look is always worth a slightly higher investment for a more effective staging that maximizes any home’s value!