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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 April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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