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11 Hacks to Make your House More Valuable and Sell it Faster

11 Hacks to Make your House More Valuable and Sell it Faster

When on the market to purchase a new home, many buyers think that they know exactly what they are looking for. The truth is that they likely will not find exactly what they want, but this is your chance to show them how something different will work for them. Depending on the amount of time and money that you put into making your home more attractive to buyers, if priced correctly, you will get a great return on the investment when the house sells. These tips will put you way ahead of your local competition and potential home buyers will be able to visualize themselves happily settling into your house.

1. Have Open and Clear Communication

Sherman Foster of shermanfoster.com asserts that your real estate agent should always be totally transparent with the client, and this relationship goes both ways. Be honest with your agent about everything concerning your home. Even if there is something that might be seen as bad, they can communicate it to the home buyers in a different light.

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2. Know Your Competition

Your agent should know the area and what you are up against. Consider all the variables of other homes that are for sale in the area – you may even attend the open houses of these homes. After all, the buyers will be seeing these homes as well, so you might as well too.

3. Stage Your Home

This is very important for successfully selling a home. It should look clean and spacious. Rooms will appear larger with limited furniture, and all pieces of furniture should match. Make a room fresh with a vase of real flowers or a bowl of fruit.

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4. The Kitchen Needs to be Sold

A kitchen will literally sell a home. The quickest way to update a kitchen is to repaint it and add new hardware. If your renovation budget is a bit larger, all new stainless steel appliances should be purchased. Buyers will offer tens of thousands less than asking price if the kitchen appears outdated.

5. Get Inspected

Make sure that the home is ready to be inspected. John Rota of JohnRota.com states that this is a vital part of the selling and buying process. It may save buyers a lot of money in the long run, and will let them feel confident in their purchase when they know everything about the house.

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6. Get Rid of Abundant Storage

Having storage is a must for many buyers, so make yours appear attractive by leaving them half empty and organized. If your house does not have much storage space, you’ll need to creatively make it appear that there is more.

7. Put Out Amazing Photos

For many home buyers, the search will start online, and then they will decide which homes they will visit based on what they see online. If you can, have a professional photographer take the photos. Real estate agents usually have a relationship with a photographer.

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8. Market the Home

Once for sale, the home will automatically appear in some places, but request that your agent put your home on websites like Trulia and Zillow, and even the Craigslist. The home will also need to be mapped correctly on each site.

9. De-Personalize Spaces

You should aim for potential buyers to see the house as their own, so remove most of the things that make the house your home; this includes photos of your family, religious symbols, or any kitschy collectibles. All of these things get in the way of potential buyers seeing the home in their own future.

10. The Pricing Should be Right

Pricing a home to sell is actually a strategy. Yes, you will want the most that you can possibly get, but pricing too high has consequences, just like pricing too low. Ideally, your home should receive multiple offers, so a price that is too high will scare off a portion of the buyers.

11. Prepare Appropriately

In order to sell your home quickly and at the right price, Jacki Mayo of IslandHomes4Sale.com says that you should be adequately prepared for anything. Clean the home thoroughly and repair anything like a leaky faucet or toilet. The landscaping should be pristine, interior paint should be touched up, and plenty of light should enter the home. Home buyers will form their opinion the moment that they lay eyes on the home, and in general, the money spent preparing the house is included in the purchase price.

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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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