Before putting a home on the market, most people know to clean up clutter, straighten up rooms and make their house look nice for photos.

But you should take it a step further. Staging, which is hiring a professional to temporarily redesign the home to make it look more appealing to buyers, is becoming a must-do, even in a hot market. Staged homes sell 88% faster and for 20% more than non-staged ones, according to realtor.com.

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