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4 Hacks on Staging Your House When Selling

4 Hacks on Staging Your House When Selling

When you are selling your home, you need to help potential buyers envision themselves living in the space. That often means you need to make some changes to your décor, or fully stage a home that is otherwise vacant. Staging allows you to change the impression your home makes, and can lead to a faster sale and potentially more money.

If the question of how to sell my house fast has crossed your mind, here are some tips to get your skills for staging on point.

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1. Clean and Clutter Free

Before you do anything else, you need to thoroughly clean your home. It doesn’t matter how beautifully a vignette is put together if you can see dust and dirt on it from across the room. You need to assume potential buyers will review every detail, open every cabinet, and search every closet. If your home isn’t clean, some buyers may not be able to look past it.

Similarly, clutter is not your friend when selling your home. A pile of mail on the table, shelves full of collectible teacups, and children’s toys strewn about the floor all have to go. You can leave some decoration, but it should be kept minimal. You will also want to remove any family photos, children’s artwork, or pieces that may have controversial content.

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2. Style Rooms Based on Function

You want potential buyers to understand how a space can be used in the most inviting way possible. For example, if you have a dining room, make sure it actually has a dining table in it. Then, take the time to accessorize the table, as an empty one can feel cold. Add a few place settings, or a few small vases featuring fresh flowers.

Arrange your living room to create a symmetrical appearance that works well for conversation. When possible, pull furniture away from the walls to create a more intimate seating area. It can also help a room look bigger by having space open behind furniture pieces.

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If you have a guest room that doubles as an office, then you need to choose one of those functions and remove the other. It makes the room appear to have a greater purpose instead of it being a catchall for things that didn’t fit somewhere else. By removing the other features, you are also making more space available in the room which makes it appear bigger.

3. Think Neutrals First

Even if you prefer a bolder design, not every potential buyer will feel the same way. While a bit of color here and there is fine, you do want to create a sense of the home being a blank canvas that can easily be transformed to the buyers taste. This can mean repainting walls if your current choices may be polarizing, as well as editing your belongings to create a wider appeal.

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4. Don’t Forget the Outdoors

Do you have a spacious backyard or a welcoming front porch? These areas also need staging to give them context. In a way, you aren’t just selling a home, you are promoting a lifestyle. Consider adding some chairs and a small table to a porch to bring to mind summer days spent sitting outside, or add an outdoor dining set to your patio to promote outdoor living.

You also want to make sure your landscaping is properly manicured. Take the time to add healthy plants and remove any that have died. Cut the grass regularly and have trees trimmed or shaped.

By painting an ideal picture of your home, you can sell your home faster. And, in the end, isn’t that what everyone wants? It is worth the time and effort, so make staging a priority.

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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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