How to Prepare, Stage and Sell Your Home

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Course Description

For most of us, our home represents the largest portion of our assets. Trying to sell a house, apartment or condo in today's fast paced market, quickly and profitably,  has the potential for turning anyone's world upside down. Knowing what is important so you can meet your buyer's expectations is a necessity. As a seller, you will want to get the most value out of your home in the shortest time possible.

This course will help the seller create an individualized house preparation timeline, outline simple steps to eliminate potential problems, give ideas about decluttering, cleaning, repairing, and show you how to stage your home for a successful Open House.
The instructor will also offer personal assistance with student's unique selling problems. Whether you plan on  putting your house up for sale in 30 days or 6 months, or whether you are just beginning to think about the selling process for a distant future date, this course can help you maximize your profit and reduce your stress!
Selling a home is no easy task.

Regardless of that, you can eliminate a lot of wasted time and dead ends by learning more about the art of pre-selling a home.

What do we mean by “pre-selling”?

Essentially, its all about the behind-the-scenes groundwork that needs to be addressed before you actually put a house on the market.

Why is pre-selling so important? For many very persuasive reasons… 

·        To sell your home faster…

·        To close your home at higher prices…

·        To be aware of any potential deal killers or price droppers and have a chance to confront the issue on your terms instead of the buyers’…

·        To truly capitalize on the marketing potential of open houses and other home staging events…

·        To use simple strategies to educate yourself on the specifics of selling a home – increasing your confidence, control and your bottom line.

While homeowners seriously considering putting their house on the market are the most obvious of potential students, they’re hardly the only ones. Others who would benefit from enrollment include:

·        Savvy, competitive buyers looking for ways to identify and take advantage of a property’s potential weaknesses.

·        Amateur real estate professionals and those contemplating careers as realtors.

·        Couples and individuals who are entertaining the notion of selling their homes in the distant future. 

If any of these scenarios ring true for you, then don’t delay. Cathleen Glen’s How to Prepare, Stage and Sell Your Home already has a spot ready for you to fill.

How to Prepare, Stage and Sell Your Home is a natural choice for homeowners seriously contemplating switching to the role of home-seller. And, while it doesn’t require a background in the real estate or property management industry, it is necessary that enrolled students are capable and comfortable reading at high school levels.

If you’re committed to getting the greatest value out of your home, in the least amount of time possible, this course is ideal for you. But, you should keep in mind that while this class will provide you with the ideas and information that you’ll need to sell rapidly and profitably, it can’t possibly guarantee that you’ll sell it within a certain time frame or at a specified profit.

In regards to class materials, there are no mandatory textbooks or other materials. About the only thing you should plan on keeping handy is a nice notebook (spiral notebooks tend to work best) to keep track of the notes, ideas and assignments you’ll cover over the class’s seven different lessons.

She encourages you to send in pictures or problem areas in your house, apartment or property as well as before and after shots that can be shared with the class in exchange for her expert advice in regards to decorating, renovating and remedying. To take advantage of this offer, you’ll need a digital camera or scanner, but these assignments are extra credit, not course requirements.

The class is divided into seven lessons, covering topics from learning to look at your home objectively, as a seller versus the owner, to tips on what not to do to your home before selling to avoid potential turn-offs and deal busters.

And each of these seven lessons serves to satisfy 3 primary objectives:

  1. Selling your home at a profit
  2. Selling your home quickly
  3. And, perhaps most importantly, reducing stress via the power of preparation.

Your home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make. Don’t waste time or money by failing to get ahead of the game. Enrollment’s always open, so don’t put it off any longer. Sign up today!

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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.6 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(801 votes)

Lesson 1: Introduction

Introduction to the course and exactly what the class will cover includes decluttering, cleaning, repairing and staging your residence. 1 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Check Local Housing Prices; Prep for Photos
  • Take Poll: Why are you selling?
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Assignment 1: Why Are You Taking This Class

Lesson 2: A House is Not a Home

A "House" is Not Your "Home" concerns the changing mindset to become a "seller." This lesson also covers the initial preparations for selling. 31 Total Points
  • Complete: Assignment 2: Getting Started
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Quiz
  • Complete: Healthy Home Quiz (Informational Only)

Lesson 3. Timelines and Turn-Offs

Putting Together a Timeline and Buyer's Turn-Offs. Specifics on establishing a calendar and what to avoid. 14 Total Points
  • Review Practice Worksheet: MyHouseFix.doc
  • Take Poll: Time to Move
  • Complete: Assignment 3: Repair List
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 4: Exterior and Curb Appeal

Creating Curb Appeal by sprucing up your property. Areas to work on include Landscaping, driveway and walkways, front entrance, deck and patio areas. 0 Total Points
  • Review Article: 50 Best Curb Appeal Ideas.

Lesson 5: The Interior. Clean, Declutter, Repair

Getting down to the basics. Ideas to help with organizing, repairing, cleaning, and decluttering. 7 Total Points
  • Review 2 Practice Worksheets
  • Review 2 Articles: Ideas for Organizing Children's Areas; 8 Rules for Ditching Sentimental Clutter
  • Complete: Assignment 5: Personal House Viewing Check-List
  • Complete: Information only Quiz: Market Knowledge

Lesson 6: Room-by-Room

Room-by-Room ideas for cleaning and decorating for each room of your house. 1 Total Points
  • Review 2 Practice Worksheets
  • Review 4 Articles: My Home Ideas; Front Door's Ultimate Guide to Staging; Pinterest; Apartment Therapy
  • Review Video: HOME STAGING-BEFORE AND AFTER. Home Staging Montreal
  • Take Poll: Selling and Marketing
  • Complete: Assignment 6: Seller Disclosure

Lesson 7: Showtime

Final touches for a successful Open House and beyond. Staging and accessorizing are covered. 1 Total Points
  • Review 4 Practice Worksheets
  • Review 2 Articles: Pinterest; Remodelista
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Final Assignment
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe initial planning and preparation of selling your home.
  • Describe timelines and turn-offs.
  • Describe exterior and curb appeal.
  • Describe how to clean, declutter, and what to repair.
  • Summarize how to declutter your house.
  • Describe what to do when it's showtime, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: How to Prepare, Stage and Sell Your Home
Course Number: 30408
Course Requirements: View Course Requirements
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (801 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.4 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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Student Testimonials

  • "I can use the info about staging rooms, so higher offers will be received....The instructor was very willing to help and very fast in responding to my questions. She was very knowledgeable also." -- Joyce C.
  • "I really like the staging section, and I found the tips for showing your house with little time (an hour notice), extremely helpful, and used many of these in those situations. Most important tip was cutting branches & leaves from your backyard when you don't have time to run to the store to buy flowers; I almost liked it better, turned out great and only took a minute....I was very pleased with the instructor. She was always available, always had time to answer my questions, and found her own experiences with selling her home very helpful." -- Fran M.
  • "Material inspiring. Being able to log on when it suited me was great, have 4 small kids and live in the west of Ireland. Very well laid out, will be using the methods learnt to sell 2 houses and hopefully build on this as a career." -- Martina S.