Is it too early to talk to my Realtor if I am not ready to sell yet?

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Although I can't speak for all Realtors, I love hearing from people who are thinking about selling long before they are ready to put their home on the market. Chances are good that the longer you have lived in your home the longer it will take to get it ready to sell... and if you make improvements well in advance you can enjoy some of the improvements yourself before you sell!

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Contact your agent before doing any improvements to sell your home... focus on basic de-cluttering, cleaning and basic repairs first, then call your agent before doing anything else including painting. Your Realtor knows your market and can advise you on what changes will have a positive impact for your specific home... what is and isn't recommended may surprise you. Also start going to open houses in your area to get an idea of how your competition is preparing, staging and pricing their homes.

Some things to discuss with your Realtor are...

  • Current market, what your house might sell for and your estimated net proceeds... possible variations based on potential impact of improvements you  may be considering
  • If you will be buying after you sell, what is available for you to buy... maybe make a 'buying' tour of homes. Does it financially make sense to make the move? Do you have special requirements with limited property choices so it makes more sense to buy first if you can?
  • If you decide to move forward, your Realtor can help you make decisions on what you should do to make your home have greatest appeal... improvements should match the market for your particular home and neighborhood
  • When you work with me one of my services is a 2-hour consultation with a professional stager to help make a detailed plan including what items to keep and what to sell/give away, paint colors, furniture arrangement, updates, decor... staging is very different from decorating, and sets the stage so buyers can picture themselves living in your home
  • If where you live requires a city inspection before you sell, be sure to have that completed before hiring anyone to come in and do any work... coordinating required repairs to be done at the same time can save you both time and money

Stay in touch with your Realtor as you make progress on your plan. The two most difficult parts of getting ready to sell are often... declutter, then declutter again, then declutter again!... and CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN every nook and cranny including closets, drawers, cupboards, garage, ceilings and light fixtures, and mostly importantly kitchens and bathrooms.

Don't feel you are wasting my time by contacting me too soon... it can actually save time and money in the long run by not waiting until after you have already done a lot of work!

Ready for a free consultation? Give me a call today at 612-419-0560 or email me at!

Sharlene Hensrud, RE/MAX Results - Twin Cities Listing Agent

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Julie Larson Realtor® Sarasota FL 941-882-0322
PalmerHouse Properties Florida - 941-882-0322 | Serving Sarasota, Manatee & Charlotte Counties - Sarasota, FL
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Great article, Sharlene Hensrud!!!

It's never too early to contact your Realtor when you're thinking of buying or selling. Like you, I also offer a free staging consultation with an ASID interior designer. Plus, I offer a free consultation with a professional organizer to help organize the move. Both of these services are offered to sellers who list with me.   :)

Jan 09, 2017 04:46 AM #1
Sharlene Hensrud
RE/MAX Results - - Saint Louis Park, MN
Realtor. Listener. Knowledgable. Patient.

Thanks, Julie... great idea to also offer a consultation with a professional organizer!

Jan 09, 2017 04:48 AM #2
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

The process of selling starts with preparing the subject property. There is no better place to start the conversation than with an experienced local real estate pro early on.

Jan 09, 2017 05:02 AM #3
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Sharlene Hensrud ,

That's a great question and the answer is "it's never to early to call your real estate agent!" I've been talking to one single mom for 3 years and she is now ready to list. She has been working on preparing her home for a years and its ready! I offer a free consultation with a stager with those that list with me and she loved the time spent with my favorite stager. The house looks awesome and is ready to go in a few weeks!

Jan 09, 2017 05:14 AM #4
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sharlene, I love advanced notice as well, and if they are purchasing after the sale, be sure to get approved.  Great list! 

Jan 09, 2017 06:16 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Sharlene. Terrific post with viable and valuable tips. Enjoy the day.

Jan 09, 2017 07:29 AM #6
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