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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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Shelly Green

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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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