We Just Finished the Turkey and It's Time To Get Our Home Ready for the Spring Real Estate Market?

Home Stager with Design To Market LLC


Many sellers would think we are crazy to suggest that they start working to prepare their home for sale when spring is still months away and they haven't even finished  the Thanksgiving leftovers.  Those of us that work in the real estate industry know all too well the pitfalls of this kind of thinking.  This is actually the perfect time to dive in if you are planning to sell your home in the "spring market."  Let's look at the numbers:

The Super Bowl is on February 6th this year which means that the real shopping for new homes will start to pick up  on the following weekend (February 12th.)  There are 14 weekends between now and that date.  Taking out a few for the upcoming holidays leaves most homesellers a maximum of 20 or so productive weekend days to really work on their homes.  

How did 3 months become 20 days?  It is the reality of our busy lives and it is the reason that sellers should start the process now!  

What is the best way to dive in?


  1. Create a list of Realtors that you would like to interview (or if you already have a Realtor picked...skip this step!)
  2. Call the Realtors on your list and either set up interviews or contact your specific Realtor to meet and set up a game plan for the selling of your home.
  3. Discuss the amount of work your Realtor sees you will need to complete to get your home "market ready."
  4. Discuss with your Realtor the idea of scheduling a Home Staging Consultation with a professional stager who can work with you to create a comprehensive list of the work that needs to be completed.
  5. Establish a calendar that allows a realistic plan to complete the To-do's and that leaves you breathing room if time gets away from you.
  6. Talk to your stager to identify those tasks that they can take care of for you.
The Design to Market Team has been staging homes in Cincinnati for over 7 years.  We see time and again the difference between sellers who proactively follow a well thought out plan and those that dive in last minture.  The impact of waiting can have all kinds of negative implications ranging from more money spent because of last minute decisions to an incomplete job that impacts the selling price.

If you are in Cincinnati, we'd love to help.  Please call Design To Market at 513-265-0952 or visit our website at www.designtomarketllc.com for information about our services.  For more information, please visit our Cincinnati Home Staging Blog.




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Pat Champion
Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty - Mount Dora, FL
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This is so true now is the time for seller's to prepare their homes for the market. Most seller's don't realize it takes time to make their home marketable to sell.

Nov 30, 2010 04:05 AM #1
Lynn Crawford
A Different View - Olney, MD
Staging DC & Maryland

Jo - you are so right to prepare everyone early. Our spring market started in January this year and stayed busy through November. Since we worked with several homeowners for three or more months to prepare their homes for sale it makes sense to start now.

Nov 30, 2010 04:28 AM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jo- You've brought up a very good point... with everyone geting ready for the holidays, the spring market will be here in a flash.  It's better to being the process now and not feel so stressed. 

Nov 30, 2010 02:16 PM #3
Cindy Bryant
Redesign Etc. Home Staging - Houston, TX
"Houston Home Staging Pros"

Our spring has started here for consultations, sellers are getting a jump on things this year in anticipation for the Spring selling season.  Most sellers don't realize that it make take several months to get a house ready to compete with similar ones in their neighborhood.

Nov 30, 2010 03:23 PM #4
Jo Potvin
Design To Market LLC - Cincinnati, OH
Home Staging Cincinnati - Design To Market

As a live example, after posting this entry, we had a consultation at a condo where a contractor will be needed.  We discussed timelines with the owner and Realtor and decided that with the amount of work required early February would be the goal!

Nov 30, 2010 11:31 PM #5
Kathy Nielsen
http://atlantahomestaging.net - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Oh so true.  It takes time. Understanding WHAT needs to be done is half the battle. Starting now makes perfect sense, Jo. Great post.


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