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5 Things That Will Make Your Home Sell Faster

5 Things That Will Make Your Home Sell Faster

Being a seller on the real estate market can be a nail-biting affair. It’s a process that may just bring out feelings of house-consciousness such as, “Is my house pretty enough?” and “What if they don’t like the front door color?” While it’s impossible to know for sure every little thing that potential sellers are looking for – they all have different interests, after all – there are some things you can include in your home to get it sold more quickly.

Here are the five best things you can do to get your home to sell faster. I wrote this article when seating with my friend and co-founder of APPLE & BEARS.

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1. Work on That Curb Appeal

Whether a potential buyer has seen your listing or not, the first thing he or she is going to see isn’t your foyer – it’s the outside of your home. If you’re a house owner, whether you’ve taken good care of your lawn in the past, now is the time to do so. A shabby-looking front yard, or even a faded front door, might make the bad impression that turns things against your favor.

If you put a little work into what you house looks on the outside, a great looking exterior may even have a greater effect of bringing in potential buyers right off the street.

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2. Include Good Photos in the Listing

Whether you’re listing your home yourself or you’re having a realtor take care of it, you’ll want to be sure that you’re making a good impression both in real life and online (and in the newspapers). Not only should your listing include all the necessary information in easy-to-read language for house hunters, but it should also include some stunning photos.

You’ll want to take good-looking pictures of as many rooms as possible, showing off different angles of each room. No need to pull out Photoshop, but do make sure your house is tidy before snapping some pics.

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3. Keep in Tidy

It should go without saying that when you have an open house, your home should look presentable. Not only should you be sure to do a deep clean of all the rooms in your house, you’ll also want to keep those areas tidy whenever there’s a showing. That means getting rid of the pocket change on the bedroom dresser and keeping the kid’s toys kept away. And if you have furry friends, make sure you’ve taken care of pet hair. A potential buyer with allergies will be sneezing his or her way to the door, with the sale unclosed.

4. Install Barn Doors or Subway Tile

If you’re up and up on recent home design and decor trends, then you’ll know it’s no secret that barn doors are totally in these days. In fact, a study from Zillow confirmed such. The study found that homes with the words “barn door” in their listing descriptions sold for 13 percent more and nearly two months quicker than the average. Good news if your home has a barn door, and if not – maybe it’s time for a weekend project! The study also has some other great DIY ideas that will get your house sold quicker.

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5. Work With a Realtor

If you’re planning on going through all this yourself, good luck. Get ready to be fielding calls at all hours of the day, making tons of calls yourself, and doing mountains of paperwork. While you might save a little money doing things yourself, a realtor can take a lot of the stress out of the homeselling equation, allowing you to focus more on what’s important: getting the house in showing condition. A helping hand, such as the great realtors at Homes ATX in Austin, will be one the biggest factors in getting your house sold quickly.

Featured photo credit: Why You Should Include a Home Warranty in a Selling Offer via lifehack.org

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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