Most homeowners know it is important to keep a home clean, bright and free from clutter while it is on the market for sale. But sometimes, agents say, taking the extra step to stage a home can make a difference in how a buyer values it and the price a seller might get for it, according to the the National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of Home Staging.

    It is very important to have a home in the best shape possible when showing it to prospective buyers. Homeowners should at least conduct a thorough cleaning, haul out clutter, make sure the home is well-lit and fix any major asethetic issues. Staging a home often helps prospective buyers to better visualize themselves in the home and could modestly increase the home's value for both the buyer and seller.

    Agents on the buyer side believe that staging makes an impact in several ways. 81 percent said staging helps buyers visualize the property as a future home, while 46 percent said it makes prospective buyers more willing to walk through a home they saw online. 45 percent said a home decorated to a buyer's tastes could negatively impact the home's value.

    An agent representing both the buyer and seller agreed on two major points in the report-which rooms should be staged and the change in dollar value a buyer is willing to offer for a stages home compared to a similar not-staged home. Agents ranked the living room as the number one room to stage, followed by a kitchen. Rounding out the top five rooms were the master bedroom, dining room and the bathroom.

    Working with a agent gives a buyer, sellers, and investors the advantage they need to succeed in today's market, as they know what buyers want and how to best market and stage a home for sale. Many factors play into what a home is worth and what buyers are willing to pay for it, staging is an excellent tool that can be used to give a home a little push for sellers. Staging isn't used by every agent in ever situation, but the impact it may have and the value it can bring is clear to both home buyers and sellers.