Holiday Slowdown & the Domino Effect

It may not take a village to get a home prepped for market, but there can be a lot of people — and contractors — involved.

dominoYou don’t realize how many until one or more are missing.

“Not Quite There” — x 1,000(?)

So, one home I’m about to list is delayed because the home cleaner isn’t available until after the 1st, which pushes back photography and virtual staging (using software to show how a vacant home would look with furniture and accents like wall art).

Another home owner has been trying, unsuccessfully so far, to line up painters.

A third is working his way through a list of “repair or replace” items from the city inspection in early December.

You get the idea.

Multiply my experience by a few thousand Twin Cities Realtors, and you get lots of homes just about ready to go on the market — but not quite there.

P.S.:  Notice how “30-below windchill” wasn’t one of the delaying factors; this is Minnesota, after all.  🙂

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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