Seven New Year’s Resolutions Home Sellers Should Make.

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Seven New Year’s Resolutions Home Sellers Should Make.

Many homeowners choose to wait until after the New Year to list their home. This makes life a lot easier if you have young children at home and/or are for saleexpecting houseguests.


But once the holidays are over, it’s time to get serious if you have any plans to sell your home. Like a horse at the starting gate, you’ll want to be ready to race out of the gate when that For Sale sign goes up.


While you’re busy making New Year’s Resolutions for work or your personal life, here are Seven Resolutions to follow to get your home sold.

1. Resolve to Do What You Need to Do to Sell your Home.

Do you truly want to sell your home? This is not the time to “see what happens” or “I’ll list it to see if it sells.” This wastes your time and the time of potential buyers and agents.

Once you do commit to selling your home, go all the way! If there are items that need to be addressed, don’t waste precious selling time to see if it will sell before you decide to paint or replace the worn carpet.  

2. Resolve to Hire The Best Professionals to Help You With Your Sale.

Do you really want to trust the large investment you have in your home to someone who does not know the area or just got their license? (and by the way, we all have to start somewhere! If the agent is new make sure that they are working for a broker who will guide them or they are on a team that can help support them),|

Find the best local real estate agent you can.  Interview several if you need to. You’ll want someone who knows the market in your area and who knows what to do if little bumps in the road occur.


The same is true of other professionals who can assist you...your Home Stager, painter, electrician, plumber...whatever. This is not the time to tackle your first DIY project!

clean repair replace3.Resolve to Make It Clean Enough for a General’s Inspection

Agents will tell you that a major turn-off is a property that is not clean and that includes clean air.

Clean in, under, over, around, on top of and any other area in your home.  Buyers do look! A clean house is a signal to the Buyer that you have taken care of it, and therefore, their assumption is that you have not neglected other areas of the house.

4. Resolve to Get Your House in Order.

All of those deferred maintenance projects will have to be addressed. Things that don’t work… think garbage disposal, light switches, leaky faucets...need to be in working order BEFORE you put your home on the market. |

Today’s buyers are, for the most part, looking for move-in ready homes. They do not want to dedicate all of their free time and funds to work on the house they live in.

5. Resolve to Bring Your Home Into This Century.
Good for you if you are among the few who have continued to maintain their home and kept it up to date. But if you haven’t, consider projects that can help bring your home into this decade!
Update your lighting with pendant lights for example. Replace any builder-basic lights with something that says “today.”


paint replace lighting

Add new hardware in your kitchen and bathrooms.


Just because your 15-year-old refrigerator still works, doesn’t mean your buyers will think “What a deal!” New appliances are a small investment in getting your home sold.

6. Resolve to Help Your Buyers See the Possibilities  your House
Buyers are there for the livability of your space and the possibilities of your property.  Help them see this by removing excess furniture and accessories that would distract or impede this.

Pack up, throw away or donate what you don’t need.
Work with a Home Stager for more ideas on what you can do to enhance what your buyers will see.


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7. Resolve to let your showings go as smoothly as possible.
Allow your Buyers to see your space without YOU.  Yes, remove yourself and your pets when your home is being shown.  You are a distraction if you do stay AND you could inadvertently say something that you’ll come to regret.  

Don’t restrict or limit showings to certain days or times.  Buyers are consumers. What would you do if the store you wanted to shop at was always closed or you could only shop during limited hours?

Make these the New Year’s Resolutions you’ll keep.  


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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Donald Urschalitz Thank you. It would be nice if sellers followed these resolutions, 

Myrl Jeffcoat Thank you for the feature in your group. 

Joe PryorThank you. 


Dec 07, 2018 10:54 AM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

A resolution they should keep! Brian England 

Gabe Sanders These are resolutions that would be nice if sellers kept. 

Joan Cox Many sellers will be thinking about trying to list right after the holidays. This is a list that could help them. 

Dec 07, 2018 11:00 AM #22
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 Appreciate it!!

Margaret Goss it's such a small investment too!!!

Linda Metallo DiBenardo Thank you. We are in-season here so sellers will want to take advantage of it. 


Dec 07, 2018 11:03 AM #23
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Carol Williams we all have rooms like that!  (and drawers)

Richie Alan Naggar common sense is a good thing to have. 

Dec 07, 2018 11:05 AM #24
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love your title, love your tips.  Wishing you a delightful weekend.  A

Dec 07, 2018 11:15 AM #25
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Congratulations, Kathy, on your feature recogniton. 

This is excellent advice to share.

Dec 07, 2018 11:16 AM #26
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs - Olympia WA

Love these tips.  We are planning on selling our own home this spring and I'm starting now on the small fixes and updates.

Dec 07, 2018 12:37 PM #27
Elisa Uribe Realtor #01427070
Golden Gate Sotheby's International - Oakland, CA
California Homes for Sale in the East Bay

As always Kathy! Nice Post! Really great tips to share with my sellers. Enjoy your weekend!

Dec 07, 2018 01:27 PM #28
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy those resolutions should really be a MUST for anyone who is going to sell their home.

Dec 07, 2018 03:27 PM #29
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

All good resolutions. If you want to sell your home, take it seriously and do what needs to be done.

Dec 07, 2018 11:04 PM #30
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kathy what a great post, it should be mandatory reading for anyone considering selling their home, Endre

Dec 07, 2018 11:38 PM #31
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

Congratulations on the feature.  I agree with Endre Barath, Jr., this needs to me mandated reading for all sellers

Dec 08, 2018 01:14 AM #32
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

These are great tips! Any deferred maintenance items definitely should be taken care of. Updates might be needed. It's funny how people LOVE their homes after they've prepared them for sale. I'm talking to a seller now who has finally made all the updates they wanted to make when they moved in. I can't wait to see it!

Dec 08, 2018 03:11 AM #33
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Kathy,  What a great blog and feature (Not sure hoe the features work anymore)  All 7 of these make so much sense.


Dec 08, 2018 08:36 AM #34
Anne Corbin
Fritz Realty LLC - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

Thanks, Kathy, for these great reminders. With Spring around the corner, we'll need this list to use with our new listings!

Dec 08, 2018 04:19 PM #35
Chris Lima
Atlantic Shores Realty Expertise - Port St Lucie, FL
Local or Global-Allow me to open doors for you.

Great tips, Kathy.  It's not easy keeping a house "show ready" while still residing there, but with a bit of guidance and these "resolutions" it's sure to be a bit easier.

Dec 09, 2018 05:02 AM #36
Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

You have listed the best advice sellers can take when selling a home. Best looking, cleanest and easy to show are always the best advice we can give our clients 

Dec 09, 2018 10:49 AM #37
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Great information, Kathy Streib! This should be required reading for all sellers on how to help to get their home sold. No matter how 'good' their agent is, selling will be a problem where sellers are not committed to doing so!


Dec 09, 2018 07:08 PM #38
Ron Aguilar
Continental Mortgage - Saint George, UT
Mortgage & Real Estate Advisor since 1995

My favorite is #2, hiring the right agent. In my years of talking to homeowners as a lender on question comes out often. The homeowner asks me to offer some advice about choosing an Agent to list their home if elect to sell the home. Many of them still do not know how and whom to select. Of course I do offer some advice along with some good agents but they will never know until they know.

Dec 10, 2018 06:48 AM #39
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Must have missed this one....and should sent it to a few people !

Dec 13, 2018 03:17 AM #40
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