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Tips for Making Your House More Attractive to Buyers

Tips for Making Your House More Attractive to Buyers

When selling a home, it is not always possible to do a total overhaul. Sometimes even a handful of small steps that can be done in a weekend, will help make a house more attractive to buyers. You don’t want to completely depersonalize the home, but it should appeal to a wide range of prospective buyers.

Consider the Neighbors When Working on Curb Appeal

Simply put, it is best to blend in. When a prospective buyer is cruising the neighborhood, they are on the lookout for clean surroundings and manicured landscaping. Now is not the time to take design risks—unique designing decisions won’t appeal to the masses and will hinder your home from being sold.

Fixing up the Driveway

There are so many ways to update a driveway besides simply fixing any cracks. Block paved driveways can be done in an array of designs using regular or irregular shaped pavers to create beautiful patterns. Gravel driveways offer flexibility with choosing size and color. “Crazy Paving” allows for a more creative path; extra variety in regards to style, size, and shape. Even simple concrete can be jazzed up with patterns imprinted while still using long lasting and reliable material.

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Tidy Up the Entry

The front door should not be faded or chipping, and the walkway/porch should be free of debris like leaves. To spruce up the entry, apply new paint to the trim and door. You can replace the house number and lighting elements to give a look of newness.

A Welcoming Foyer

Even without a foyer, the entrance to the home should provide instant appeal. Kick the clutter—put away any shoes, keys, umbrellas, or coat racks that would make the area feel untidy. If the space allows it, add in a vase with flowers that are welcoming to buyers.

An Inviting Kitchen

This room is at the top of many buyers’ must-haves. Many buyers are looking for upgraded appliances and finishes so that they do not have to tackle renovation themselves. There is a much greater return on investment with a kitchen—the value of your home will go up.

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Hallways

If your home has a long hallway with the bedrooms coming off of it, break up the walls with artwork. Contrasting hues and colors will make the hallways seem shorter and more appealing. This is possibly the simplest of ideas for selling your house quickly.

A Master Retreat

Buyers yearn to be able to relax in their master bedroom. Help them envision this in your home by taking out bulky furniture to provide plenty of space. When buyers are coming though, make the bed and add soft textures to make them feel as though they could fall asleep there.

Living Areas Need to Offer Comfort

Living and family rooms should appeal to the buyers and make them want to stay a while. Comfortable couches should be topped with accent pillows, and rugs should sit in front of couches and under coffee tables. Secure the rugs if they are placed in a main area—tripping would leave a bad taste in the potential buyers’ mouth.

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An Inviting Back Yard

Buyers find a lot of appeal in outdoor living spaces. The area should be well maintained and free of debris and toys with small added decoration to porches. Make sure that any patio furniture is clean and free of dirt.

Feeling of Light and Airiness

Mirrors will make a room appear much larger and lighter—consider these for hallways or smaller rooms. Windows should be cleaned inside and out, while broken light bulbs should be replaced. This will add to the overall lighting of the room without any major changes. Any oddly dark corners can be lit up with the addition of a lamp.

Make the Minor Repairs

This would be things such as broken door knobs, cracked tiles, threadbare carpets, holes in the walls, etc. Many potential buyers look for a home that is move-in ready, so they do their best to avoid being responsible for any small repairs.

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Get the Right Smell

Bad smells will turn buyers off. If there are any bad smells, they should be fixed and not covered. Clear out all garbage, and tend to the drains. Brewing a fresh pot of coffee will help to create a simple, familiar and appealing environment.

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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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