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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 Buyers will offer tens of thousands less than asking price if the kitchen appears outdated.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 January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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