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6 Steps to Make The Most Money From Selling Your Home

6 Steps to Make The Most Money From Selling Your Home

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    For many people, their home is their largest asset, so when they sell, they want to maximize the return. Though there can be some forces out of your control that affect the price you get for your home, there are plenty of issues you can control. Here are six steps to help you get the most money from your home.

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    1. Price it right

    One of the most important factors in getting a good price for your home is to price it right, which doesn’t necessarily mean to price it high. Your home’s price needs to match the other similar homes on the market. If you price your home too high, it could sit on the market, requiring you to reduce the price later anyway. If you price your home too low, you could wind up getting less than it is worth. Finding a price point that will get you maximum dollars while also allowing you to sell your home quickly is key.

    2. Sell at the right time

    Another key factor in getting top dollar for your home is the timing of when you sell. This is a very important thing to learn about if you are not using a real estate agent and selling your home FSBO. Most people start looking for homes in the spring, and the buying season continues well into the summer. Putting your home on the market during this period is likely to put it in front of more buyers and increase your chances of getting top dollar. You also want to avoid putting your home on the market when prices are depressed. If you don’t have to move, you might want to stay put for awhile and wait until the market improves.

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    3. Market your home as much as you can

    To get top dollar for your home, you need to attract the right buyer, and to do that, you need to get your home seen as much as possible. A Realtor will get your home in the Multiple Listing Service and will put up a yard sign. If you are selling on your own be sure to use your own yard sign. Get your home on as many websites as you can and promote it on your social media accounts as well.

    4. Spruce things up

    People don’t pay top dollar for a fixer upper or a house that looks tired. You can boost your chances of making the most from your home sale by sprucing things up a bit. You don’t have to make major renovations; in fact, doing so may not be cost effective. Small changes, such as repainting, updating window treatments and light fixtures and sprucing up your landscaping can help you get top dollar when you sell.

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    5. Be flexible on showings

    It’s hard to sell your home for any price if people can’t get in to see it, so be as flexible as possible about showing your home. While open houses are more convenient, most sales come from appointments. Keep your house clean and ready to show and make plans for pets and children so you can show your home on a moment’s notice.

    6. Consider all offers

    Negotiation is part of the home sales process, so you need to consider all offers that you get. If an offer comes in lower than what you want to sell for, don’t be afraid to counter. And don’t be afraid to reject a final offer if it is not as high as you think it should be. It is okay if you are not an expert at this. There are many books you can read to give you a good foundation to sell your home for the right price.

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    Last Updated on November 17, 2019

    20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

    20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

    Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

    1. Make a gift bag.

    A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

    2. Give a toast.

    Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

    3. Write a poem.

    “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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    4. Create your own labels.

    There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

    5. Give a gift card.

    Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

    6. Send a letter.

    Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

    7. Use social media to send a special message.

    If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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    8. Make your own digital greeting card.

    While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

    9. Make a YouTube video.

    Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

    10. Deliver cookies or candies.

    Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

    11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

    There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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    12. Put together a flower basket.

    Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

    13. Take a picture.

    Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

    14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

    The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

    15. Do something special for them.

    Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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    16. Reciprocate their help.

    Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

    17. Be there for them.

    Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

    18. Listen to them.

    Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

    19. Say it in another language…or two…

    A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

    20. Show them some love.

    A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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