Waiting Until the New Year to Sell Your House?

Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

Why wait until after the New Year?  Get a head start NOW!

Many sellers choose to wait until after the first of the year to put their why waithome on the market. After all, who wants to go through showings and keeping your home up during the holidays!?

However, that doesn’t mean you have to wait until January to prepare your home for sale.

Why not get a jump on the market! Here are 5 things you can do now!


1.Hire the right agent.

If you haven’t chosen an agent yet, this is a critical step.  The right agent, one who is knowledgeable about your local market and who will put your best interests first, can make the process a smooth one.

2.Begin with the easy stuff.

Why not begin the New Year without the things that are bogging you down.  Edit what you no longer use or need.

You can use the down time that so many of us have during the holidays to go through clothing and household items.  This will make it easier to show the possibilities of your home to a potential buyer.

And, who wants to pay to move items that you won’t use in your new home!

3.Address the repairs that you’ve been putting off.

We walk by these little items every day and they become part of our lives.  We get used to seeing them and forget all about them.

But, they will make a difference to buyers.

Unfinished projects, the light fixture that doesn’t work or the sliding doors that stick, need to be addressed.

time for action4.Call a Professional Home Stager to address:

Paint Color

What to keep

What to pack

What to move and where to move it

Your Curb Appeal


Don’t wait to “see how it goes.”

A Consultation will give you a game plan of what you can do to help get your home sold.

5. Consider updates that may help sell your home.

It’s not always necessary to open your wallet or break the bank with a full remodel of your home. But if you want to maximize your investment, there’s nothing that says “move in ready” like some updates.

Consider new appliances, new light fixtures, cabinet refacing, or even market friendly countertops!


Now is the time to line up vendors, contractors, and repair services to assist you in your preparation.  Waiting until the New Year may put you in a long line with others who are ready to sell their home.



Better yet...call Room Service Home Staging and ask for our Personalized Home Staging Consultation.





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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning Kathy. Never to early to begin the preparation process! Enjoy your day!

Dec 21, 2016 05:39 AM #8
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Good morning, Kathy --- excellent points.  "Seeing how it goes" is not a good strategy -- proper upfront planning makes a difference.   

Dec 21, 2016 05:54 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Kathy. Perfect plan to get it going after the 1st of the New Year.

Dec 21, 2016 06:29 AM #10
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

I have 2 sellers very happy they listed and now and I sold their homes in days Kathy Streib , both had been told to wait by other agents. I cant wait to write about it

Dec 21, 2016 06:37 AM #11
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Great advice to sellers, many don't realize they may have work to do before actually having their home listed for sale.

Dec 21, 2016 08:05 AM #12
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Kathy, so many people are out shopping now...I think if you can get on the market...do it!

Dec 21, 2016 08:26 AM #13
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Kathy - That is very good advice. Getting everything ready always takes more time than anticipated and an early start in that stuff is a great strategy.

Dec 21, 2016 10:25 AM #14
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Get all that done prior to the holidays and you not only prepared your home for showings to sell, you prepared it for your holiday guests too!

Dec 21, 2016 12:52 PM #15
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

great point there! the time is always now when it comes to getting prepared for the rush!

Dec 21, 2016 01:56 PM #16
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


As always, you have such great advice for homeowners who may want to get ready for 2017.  A

Dec 21, 2016 04:31 PM #17
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives

I really appreciate you, not just as a Home Stager, but as a thoughtful person who always has Agents and their Sellers best interest in mind. You're kind and respectful and full of great ideas! Even your blog posts read like a blueprint for success.

Thank you, Kathy Streib  

Dec 21, 2016 05:27 PM #18
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Kat Palmiotti it's especially true here in South Florida where you want to take advantage of the season. 

Thank you Garreth Wilcock I certainly will. 

That is so true Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 

Dec 21, 2016 05:58 PM #19
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James Dray for sure.  If a homeowner is considering selling, they need to take action now. 

Dorie Dillard Good for you!  I know that you always work closely with your sellers to guide them through the process. 

Dec 21, 2016 06:01 PM #20
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donald Urschalitz Many would-be sellers have some time off during the holidays and it is an excellent time to get their homes in order.

Ed Silva exactly.  Don't spend money on items that may or may not have a significant ROI for you. 

Dec 21, 2016 06:03 PM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Precisely Wayne Martin And, it may be easier to get contractors now than after the first of the year. 

Michael Jacobs I hear that phrase so many times!

Hi Sheila Anderson even if sellers edit now, it will go a long way to help in the preparation. 

Dec 21, 2016 06:07 PM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Scott Godzyk there are buyers 12 months of the year!  You put your home on the market when you are ready to sell it. 

Nick & Trudy Vandekar many place undue pressure on themselves because they haven't done any of the preparation. 


Dec 21, 2016 06:09 PM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Especially here, right Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 airRErealty.com 

So true Dick Greenberg And then they are under the gun when their agent needs to schedule a Broker's Open House to take advantage of the market. 

True Sharon Tara it's like getting ready for houseguests but even more so. 

Dec 21, 2016 06:12 PM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mark Loewenberg you never want to lose out on that one perfect buyer. 

Thank you very much Ron and Alexandra Seigel 

Patricia Feager You, dear friend, are the one who is so supportive of us here. 

Dec 21, 2016 06:14 PM #25
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Kathy Streib, as always, great advice. Patricia Feager is right with her comment, I appreciate you always willing to share tips, ideas, trends with us. I have two listings that will be coming on the market and they're doing exactly what they need to do prior to listing. 

Dec 21, 2016 07:53 PM #26
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Kathy Streib - excellent advice!  You really hit on something big here - the "Well, let's wait and see what happens" syndrome!  They just don't understand that time on the market is MONEY and more money lost than they would spend doing it right the first time!

Dec 22, 2016 08:44 PM #27
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