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A New Year is nearly here – a new decade in fact – and for most of us that means making, and trying to stick to, New Year’s resolutions.

There are lots of common New Year’s Resolutions —to start getting in better shape, eat healthier, spend more time on things you love and so on—but for some Houston home owners, there is an even higher priority in 2020. Namely, selling a home quickly and for top dollar in 2020.

If you’re in that situation, and selling your home for a fair price is at the top of your New Year’s priority list, here are  New Year’s resolutions that home sold fast so you can begin a new decade in a new place.

Resolve to Choose the Right Real Estate Broker

Its very rare that a Houston home sells quickly and for the right price without an experienced real estate broker involved. But not all brokers, however good they are, are the right fit for everyone. This is why you should take the time to interview potential broker partners before you sign a contract to have them help sell your home.

When you do interview brokers don’t just ask them about home they have sold recently, or how long they’ve been in the business. Find out exactly how they plan to market your home. Gone are the days when you could get away without considerable online marketing and a good social media marketing plan is a huge plus too. If a broker can’t offer you these things then move on to the next one, however nice they seem.

Resolve to Invest in Professional Houston Home Staging

Whether a home buyer realizes it or not, the appearance and the “feel” of your home play a large role in determining whether he or she is interested—and how much they are willing to pay. For that reason, it is vital that your home looks its best at every showing. This means enhancing the “curbside appeal” of your home— ensuring that your property looks its best from the perspective of a drive-by prospect.

Once inside the home will need to impress browsing buyers even more , which is where professional home staging comes in. As seasoned pros we take care of color selection, furniture layout, de-cluttering and more. And while investing in a home staging professional requires an up-front investment, generally between 1-3% of your asking price, studies have shown that staging services increases the final sales price by 8-10%. You don’t have to be a financial professional to recognize the value in that equation!

Resolve to Fix Potential “Problem Areas” for Your Buyers.

Though it’s not necessarily logical, in many cases small problems like scratches on the wall or rubber stains on the floor can be a turn-off for buyers. It typically requires only a small investment of time and resources on your part in order to resolve such minor issues—but the psychological impact of eliminating these perceived negatives can make all the difference for a buyer.

If you’re having trouble identifying such issues, your home stager will find them for you. We see the world through buyer’s eyes, and are very adept at spotting even the smallest problems that may turn buyers off and then helping homeowners find ways to fix them.

If selling your home is at the top of your to-do list in 2020, these three steps will help you cross it off quickly. To learn more about the impact that professional home staging can have on your listing, get in touch with us today. Good luck… and here’s to a prosperous and Happy New Year!