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Five Smart & Cheap Ways to Stage Your Home to Sell

Five Smart & Cheap Ways to Stage Your Home to Sell

When you stage your home to sell you have to create the “wow” factor. Here are five easy tips that let you create the “wow” and keep your bank account intact.

1. Make It Bright, Cheery, & Inviting

These are the three must have’s when staging your home to sell. Bright simply means light it up! Clean the windows, use higher wattage bulbs and freshen up the paint.

One of the most cited wants of a buyer is light. You want as much natural light as possible to come into your rooms. Pull back your curtains, open your blinds, and make sure the window panes are spotless. If you have older blinds, it may be a good idea to either remove the blinds or replace them with inexpensive blinds. The discoloration of older blinds can be a turnoff to buyers.

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Rooms should look fresh. If it has been a while since you painted it is a good idea to freshen up with a new coat of paint. Be careful of bold colors. They may not be as appealing to a buyer as they are to you. Instead, paint common areas neutral colors that are welcoming. Save your bold colors for interesting pieces strategically arranged throughout the house.

New bulbs in all of your current lighting will do wonders for a room. Try to have 100 watts every 50 square feet and mix it up with ambient and task lighting if possible. If a bulb shows through your fixture, consider an old fashion or decorative bulb that will add a touch of uniqueness.

2. Taking the Home out of the House

Selling your home is usually an emotional experience. Everywhere you look there are memories. Family photos line the hall wall and decorate your refrigerator. Your realtor advised you to put away the personal items that may remind a would-be buyer that someone else lives here. But, how can you take down and put away all of the items you hold so dear?

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Although it is true you must depersonalize your house to increase your odds of selling quickly, it simply means you need to remove the outdated or personal items temporarily until the house is sold. Try and pretend you are visiting the house for just a short while. What items are important for your short stay? Any item that does not serve a purpose or add to the decor should be put away. After all, once you sell your house these items will need to be packed so think of it as pre-packing for your new home.

3. Remove any Unnecessary Items

It’s a good idea to rent a storage unit to remove any unnecessary items from your house. If you’ve been in your home for a long time, chances are you’ve accumulated a lot of “stuff”. Go through each room and make piles. One pile to keep, one pile to donate, one pile to store. Not only will removing unnecessary items make your house look bigger while it is on the market, but it will make it much easier to move once your house is sold.

If you are confused about an item being necessary, ask yourself if you would “need” that item if you were staying somewhere for a month or two? If the answer is no, then you can move that item to storage.

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4. Play Room Swap and Be Creative

Just because the couch sat against that wall for the past twenty years doesn’t mean it has to sit against that wall. Think outside of the box when staging your home. Move items around to different rooms until you get the magazine look. If you struggle with this, you can ask a friend with a knack for decorating to help. If you don’t have any design savvy friends, hire a professional stager to help you out.

Professional stagers are not as expensive as you may think. Often they will charge around $125 an hour and be able to stage your whole house in a couple of hours with your own furniture. Sometimes something as simple as moving a chair to another room can open up an entire area. They can also help you understand better what is necessary and what is not. Simply move what is not necessary to storage if it is a keep item.

5. The First Impression May Be The Only Impression

Curb appeal cannot be overstated when you stage your home to sell. Lawns should be well manicured and bushes should be trimmed so that they do not cover windows.

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Color scattered throughout the porches and yard will add pop. Use shepherd hooks and containers to stage your yard. The good thing about container gardening is if it doesn’t look right or your plants fade you can easily replace them with a new pot of flowers.

Another great idea for curb appeal is to paint your front door a bright color. Remember, the idea is that any would-be homebuyer that drives by for a peek prior to a showing is so impressed with the outside of the house they cannot wait to see the inside.

Featured photo credit: Romi via pixabay.com

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Missy is a business owner and writes about everyday lifestyle tips on Lifehack.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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