Pat Starnes Snippets: Preparing a Home For Sale ~ Do You Go Above and Beyond?

Preparing a Home For Sale ~ Do You Go Above and Beyond?

One of the things I love about my job is helping sellers prepare their home for sale.

After several consultations with my seller client, he is making repairs to his condo prior to putting it on the market. I stopped by to observe the progress and lend advice. One thing led to another, and the next thing I know, a paintbrush is in my left hand and I'm cutting in around the stairs.

Painting is a passion and I'm really very good at it (if I do say so myself). My client took this photo to show that I do what needs to be done to get a house ready for sale. I don't mind getting my hands dirty.

Once the paint is dry and the unit is clean, we'll be staging this unit for sale. I'll borrow from friePainting Pat Starnesnds and my private collection to furnish the living areas to show the condo in its best light. 

I can stage a home with little to no money by using what I have. Once the unit is properly staged, I'll share photos when the listing goes live.

We could have hired a professional stager, but in this case the seller opted for my assistance. The seller is helping with free labor (transportation) so we will have this unit on the market in no time.

Fixing and staging is something I'm passionate about. I've been "fixing" homes for years, both for myself and by advising sellers I represent. It's rewarding to see the results. The sellers love it, especially when the SOLD sign is placed in the yard.

Instead of waiting for someone else to remedy a situation, I take matters into my own hands. There are advantages to thinking outside the box. 

If you've considered selling your home in the Jackson metro area and want to consult on preparing your home for sale, call me. I'll be glad to make recommendations based on my years of experience in the real estate business.


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Pat specializes in Residential and New Home Sales 

Primary Service Area:

Brandon, Pearl, Ridgeland, Flowood, Madison and the Ross Barnett Reservoir area

 Pat Starnes, Broker Associate

Front Gate Real Estate, 6700 Old Canton Rd., Suite C

Ridgeland, MS 39157

601-991-2900 - Office

601-278-4513 - Cell


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Comment balloon 10 commentsPat Starnes-Front Gate Realty • June 25 2017 05:06AM


As I am currently in the process of purchasing a couch, and enlisting a friend with a truck to help me move said couch into a house I am staging- I can't help but wonder is it really worth it?  Ultimately, I think it is.  Each listing is a reflection of the agent, and I too want to be knwn as the agent that goes above and beyond!

Posted by Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert, Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction (E*Rae Realty) about 3 years ago

You are just awesome.  How nice of you to get in there and just get it done!

Posted by Belinda Spillman, Colorado Living! (Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado) about 3 years ago

Nice of you to do that Pat. Many sellers do not have the money and doing a few small things can make a world of difference.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 3 years ago

Pat you are amazing, I am all about the sellers doing what it takes and it all depends on what their budget can afford. I had some awesome sellers that did the right thing, fix minor things and touch up some other minor things and mostly declutter...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 3 years ago

Good Morning Pat - now that is really out of the box thinking.  Your clients must really love you.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 3 years ago

Erika Albert ~ Thank goodness our friends help when we need it! I'm borrowing tables from my best friend. They were stored in her attic. Bless her husband for bringing them down yesterday. :) Do I think it's worth going the extra mile? Absolutely!

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Debbie Reynolds ~ This seller has had a lot of expense with his home, and he is a former client, so I don't mind helping at all.

Grant Schneider ~ I sure hope so. 

Belinda Spillman ~ Thank you for saying that.


Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Endre Barath, Jr. ~ Thank you for saying so. I am often asked what sellers can do to spruce up before the sale. It's amazing when they take our advice. 

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 3 years ago

That "fixing and staging" can pay dividends to the seller, Pat!  When I bought my current home in 1983, I had to view it 4 times before I got the courage to make an offer.  Finally, on my last visit I brought graph paper, and divorced myself from the seller's clutter  old shag carpet and wallpaper.  I used the graph paper to pencil in my own furniture and belongings.  I made a "To Do List" for things needing to be completed before I could move in.  Surprisingly, I realized that this house was only a cosmetic fixer.  It had a new roof, new exterior paint, and a new HVAC system.  After close of escrow, I removed the wall paper and painted.  Then I removed that ugly orange shag carpet and found perfect hardwood floors beneath.  My point to all this is, I am a Realtor, and I even had difficulty looking through clutter, debris, and other significant cosmetic events.  So, imagine what the average homebuyer must perform in mental gymnastics to get beyond it.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 3 years ago

My last house was equally as distasteful, Myrl Jeffcoat. It had a lime green bedroom, a purple bathroom, dark green kitchen, no flooring in hallway, and cat urine (dried) everywhere. The price reflected the condition. Don't you know it was right up my renovating alley! :) But you're right... buyers do NOT want to pay for these changes and it's hard to see beyond what needs to be done. Better to do it before it goes on the market to get a better, quicker sale. 

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) about 3 years ago

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