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The 7 Most Important Things to Remember When Selling a House

The 7 Most Important Things to Remember When Selling a House

Whether selling a home to move closer to a new job, or because it has become too small to support a growing family, it can be a stressful time. Thankfully, there are things a person can do to make the task a bit easier, and guarantee they will receive the highest price possible in a short amount of time.

1. Organize Documents

Prospective buyers, real estate agents, or lawyers may have questions about the home. That’s why it is best to have any documents relating to the property available. These include any deeds, mortgage papers, or rental agreements, as well as bills relating to utilities or taxes. If there are any outstanding violations or permits, be sure they are dealt with before listing the home.

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2. Strategies for Selling

Simplicity is the key to selling a home. The less clutter that is filling the spaces being shown helps prospective sellers to picture the possibilities of how they could decorate each room, rather than focusing on what is already there. Remove personal items and photos, knickknacks, and other items that are not needed for daily life.

3. Tell the Truth

It is always best to disclose any issues the home has with possible buyers. If they hire an inspector, and then discover they have been lied to about any problems with the house, they will lose trust in the seller, and may look elsewhere for a home. If the problems are not discovered until after the house is sold, then a lawsuit could be filed. Avoid these possibilities, and always tell the truth about a home’s problems.

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4. Make Some Improvements

Though it isn’t necessary to spend huge amounts of money on large renovations, there are a few things that can be done that can help improve the value of your house and increase interest in it. Paint or wallpaper on dull walls can brighten up rooms. Replacing outdated light switch covers or cabinet handles can modernize a home for little money. If selling in the warmer months, planting some flowers outside can welcome buyers and improve the look of the yard.

5. Sell Fast

Since buyers are in the home for a very short amount of time, it is important to impress them immediately. As well as improvements like landscaping and updating, it is important to keep the yard and house as neat and clean as possible. Also, keep the price reasonable, or buyers will move on to something a bit more affordable, and the house will stay on the market far longer than necessary.

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6. The 5 Senses

It is important to engage all 5 of a buyer’s senses when they view a home. There should be pleasant smells, such as freshly baked cakes or cookies, and soft music playing in the background. There should be beverages, or some of those fresh baked goods, available for them to taste. Clean and polished furniture, and soft linens should also be exhibited for them to run their fingers over. The improvements made will take care of what they see.

7. Final Touches

Be sure that all walkways are clear for buyers, and that any window coverings are aligned and allow the natural light to fill the room. Be sure the bathroom is cleared of toiletries, and that the toilet cover is lowered. If there is a baby in the house, pay close attention to any bad smells associated with it, including soiled diapers, clothing, or blankets, and dirty bottles or dishes. Wash all linens and clothing daily, and put fresh ones on the baby’s bed. Also, wash the containers to rid them of the leftover food. Air out the rooms for as long as possible before buyers walk through. Using air freshener can help to clear the air as well.

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Conclusion

Though selling a house will still be a stressful and busy time, these tips could help make the process easier, and keep a buyer’s interest at its maximum level. If they come back for a second viewing, then most likely an offer will be soon to follow.

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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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