No! We 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!

Sharlene on phone

Contact us before doing any improvements to sell your home… focus on basic de-cluttering, cleaning and basic repairs first, then call us before doing anything else including painting. We know the Twin Cities 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 we will discuss 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, we 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 the HomesMSP Team one of our 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 us 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 our time by contacting us 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? Contact any of us to talk and set up a time to get together, or fill out our online form to request a free, no obligation market analysis of your home.

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

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About Sharlene Hensrud

I love what I do! Highly insightful, analytical and creative, there is nothing I love more than helping you find the right solution for your real estate transition. My mission is to serve my clients with honesty and integrity, exceeding their expectations in service and support… and to help others by donating a portion of every transaction to Habitat for Humanity.

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