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

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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 Buyers will offer tens of thousands less than asking price if the kitchen appears outdated.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.

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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 January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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