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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true you must depersonalize your house to increase your odds of selling quickly, it simply means you need to remove the outdated or personal items temporarily until the house is sold.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 Yost

Missy enjoys decorating, capturing the beauty of her surroundings on canvas, and making new friends. She shares about lifestyle tips on Lifehack.

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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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