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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 Replacing outdated light switch covers or cabinet handles can modernize a home for little money.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 August 20, 2018

35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

If You’re Staying In

  1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
  2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
  3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
  4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
    • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
    • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
    • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
    • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
      • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
      • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
      • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
        • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

        If You Want to Get Away

        1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
        2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
        3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
          • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
          • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
          • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
          • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
          • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
          • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
            • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
            • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

            New & Exciting Experiences

            1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
            2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
              experience.
              • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
              • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
              • Experience white water rafting.
              • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
              • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                  • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                  • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                  • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                  Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

                  Featured photo credit: Photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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