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7 Real Estate Resolutions To Help Sell Your Home

If you want to sell your home in the coming year, there's no time like the present to follow through with these 7 home selling New Year resolutions.

7 New Year resolutions to help sell your home:

  1. Hire a home inspector for a pre-sale home inspection. Why? A thorough inspection of your home by a building or home inspector before you put your home on the market will tell you everything you need to repair before listing. Starting on those repairs now, before you list your home, will remove many objections home buyers may have. Make the suggested repairs. It will pay off in a faster sale and higher selling price.
  2. Start your research to find the best full service real estate agent or REALTOR you can find. Why? When selling a very valuable asset like your home, its no time to be penny wise and pound foolish. Don't go for a discount real estate agent in the hopes of saving a few bucks. It will probably cost you heavily with a lower sales price and more time on the market. Take the time to meet with several real estate agents until you are sure you have found the right one. The right real estate agent will be an expert in your local real estate market, will have a impressive marketing plan (if you wouldn't buy a home from them, why would someone else?), will listen to your concerns & communicate clearly.
  3. Hire a professional home stager for a comprehensive home staging consultation. Why? An experienced home stager has participated in the successful sale of hundreds of homes and they know what makes home sell™. A comprehensive home staging consultation will give you invaluable information for preparing your home for sale to maximize its appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers. By bringing in a home stager early in the process it will give you plenty of time to make any needed preparations.
  4. Get a head start on getting rid of everything that you don't want to move to your new home. Why? If you already know you don't want it or don't need it, then donate it, sell it, give it away or throw it away now to relieve some stress later when you're packing to move. In addition, the less extra stuff you have in closets, in the spare bedroom and in the basement, the easier it is for home buyers to see how spacious your home is and how it will fit their lifestyle. If you don't need it or don't want it, send it on down the road.
  5. Start pre-packing anything you won't need for the next 6 months or so. Why? Once again, the less stuff you have in closets, in the garage or basement, the more spacious your home will look and feel. Additionally, it will start your moving process and help focus your energy on your move to your new home. The holidays are past. Packing up your Thanksgiving and Christmas decor would be a good place to start.
  6. Pay some attention to your yard and planting beds. Why? Depending upon when you want to put your home on the market, and where you live, giving your yard a little TLC now, will pay off in better curb appeal in the spring and summer. In Los Angeles, think about putting weed and feed on your lawn 6-8 weeks before you list your home in order to have you lawn looking green and lush. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of Epsom salts around each rose bush 4-6 weeks before listing for gorgeous blooms. You want your home to look inviting on the outside so buyers are encouraged to consider the inside. Clean up any dead or dying foliage or plants.
  7. Read: Get Your Home Ready To Sell: Home Buyers Want A Move In Ready House. Why? You'll learn why its important to get your home into top shape before putting it on the market.

Ring in the New Year with these 7 Resolutions For Selling Your Home.

This article was originally posted on my Los Angeles home staging website: 7 Real Estate Resolutions To Help Sell Your Home

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Michelle has staged hundreds of Los Angeles homes, many of which have sold with multiple offers, above listing price.

She works with home sellers, listing agent, builders, flippers and asset managers to prepare homes for sale throughout Los Angeles and North Orange County.

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Comment balloon 19 commentsMichelle Minch • January 03 2011 10:23AM

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Michelle, this is a terrific list and right on the money. Preparation takes weeks and sometimes months. Sellers need to present the best property possible.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) almost 8 years ago

Michelle - great advice!  Congratulations on RESA Stager of the Year.

Posted by Maria Tobin, ASP, IAHSP (Staged For Success) almost 8 years ago

Great advice for those serious in getting their homes sold.  Now getting those sellers to listen is the key.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker almost 8 years ago

Glenn: Yes, home preparation can take weeks or months. Its best to get started early so your home is in the best condition possible.

Maria: Thank you!

Richard: I keep beating my drum hoping home sellers will get with the program. Happy New Year!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) almost 8 years ago

Great information (as always) Michelle!  It all seems to easy to follow in my mind - why does it seem sometimes so difficult to get all agents and sellers to agree?

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) almost 8 years ago

Thanks, Melissa. It seems very logical to me, too. It took internet shopping a long time to catch on, too, but once it did, the demand exploded. Patience, Grasshopper :o)

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) almost 8 years ago

Dynamite post!!  If all sellers and agents read this and followed your advice the market would so improve!

Happy New Year!

Posted by Kathy Burke, S.F. East Bay Home Staging (Sensational Home Staging~~Danville, CA) almost 8 years ago

All sellers should be listening to this excellent advice, Michelle!  If they do, they'll reap the rewards of a faster sale and much less stress (which is very important too)

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 8 years ago

7 is my lucky number! Resolving to follow your seven steps will also yield a fortunate result for a home seller. Great list Michelle!  Happy New Year too!

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) almost 8 years ago

Thank you, Kathy. I agree.

Maureen: I hope sellers will listen. Its less stressful for everyone.

Karen: Happy New Year, Chica!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) almost 8 years ago

Happy New Year, Michelle!  Absolutely the most logical approach for any seller to take.  Funny...or not...I find sellers usually get it.  It's the REAs that don't always.  Go figure. 

Posted by Patricia Ebrahimi, Home Staging the Washington DC Area from Rockville MD (SHOW SMART! HOME STAGING & Color Consultant) almost 8 years ago

Pat: Its always disconcerting to meet resistance from real estate agents who will be helped along with the home seller. I guess that's what makes life interesting. Happy New Year!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) almost 8 years ago

Happy New Year Michelle!!  7 solutions for success!! Great post! 

Posted by Cathy Lee, ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA (CL Design Services Home Staging) almost 8 years ago

Excellent list - I'm suggesting it for a feature!

 

~Michelle

Posted by Michelle Molinari, Feature This Real, Estate Staging & Curb Appeal Concepts (FEATURE THIS... Real Estate Staging & Interior Decor) almost 8 years ago

Happy New Year to you also, Cathy Lee. Thank you!

Michelle: Thank you so much!

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) almost 8 years ago

Excellent post, Michelle. I bookmarked it and suggested.

Posted by Anna Dovger, Home Staging -The Woodlands, TX (Add Value Home Staging LLC, 281-704-6607) almost 8 years ago

Thank you very much, Anna.

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) almost 8 years ago

Staging is really a must in todays competitive market.  Sellers need to understand how important it is to stand out from the crowd.  Their home bay be nice and clean but with out staging it lacks the WOW factor that makes buyers write offers

Posted by Janet McCarthy, Realtor - San Diego (RE/MAX Solutions) almost 8 years ago

Yes, you're right, Janet.

Posted by Michelle Minch, Home Staging Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA (Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA) almost 8 years ago

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