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4 Tips Every Homeowner Should Know About Selling Their Home

4 Tips Every Homeowner Should Know About Selling Their Home

There are lots of things people must consider when selling their homes. But one thing that remains important is the fact that the home must sell at a good price and at a considerable timeline. Many people find themselves in difficult situations when selling their homes, especially when the buyers are too petty. Though it makes sense to hire a real estate professional, finding one that suits you is a hurdle. However, we have some important FSBO tips that can help you make the sale count.

1. Make the house look more appealing

Give the home a fresh curb appeal if you want it to sell faster. Most buyers prefer to drop by and view the house before they make the final decision. One of the elements they will view is the home’s exterior such as the front, driveway, and the yard. Walk around the house with a notepad and pen. Record what looks pathetic and needs repair or replacement. See whether the roof is missing its shingles. If there is something off about the roof, determine whether cleaning or replacement would fix it. Invest in pressure washing machines and clean the entire house and the surroundings such as sidewalks and driveways. Ensure you give the home a fresh coat of paint and plant some colorful flowers in window boxes, front beds or garden containers.

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A buyer who drops by will most likely go inside the house to get more reasons to buy the house. Update your kitchen by making it look modern. Ensure it has the essential elements such as the countertops and cabinets. Get rid of old furniture and ensure the home smells nice. Hire someone to help you set up the house.

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2. Get a home warranty plan

Having a home warranty not only makes the house sell faster, but it also increases the resale value of the house. Other home warranty companies also offer complementary products such as seller’s warranty. Seller’s warranty is critical when selling a house because you can easily transfer it to the buyer. Before you go for a home warranty, ensure you compare and contrast several providers in your area. Also, offer the buyers an appliance warranty since it increases the value of the house significantly. Appliance warranty also reduces the liability of the seller. This means that the buyer will call only the warranty company in case something goes wrong.

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3. Market the property well

Buyers develop different degrees of interests based on how you present the property on the market. It is not all about listing the property in every online platform you get. It is about how unique and different the property is from others. A good presentation means that you have to invest in high-quality cameras and image-editing tools to create a visually impressive portrait of the house.

You should go beyond the online platforms when designing a presentation plan. Since more than 63 percent of buyers prefer onsite viewing, ensure you are prepared enough to show them around the house. You must know how to tackle questions that put you on the spot. Know what to highlight and what not to stress during the presentation. Do ample research to determine the common questions buyers ask and what they prefer.

4. Price the house right

You need to price the house well. Pricing determines whether the house will attract buyers or chase them away. If you price the house too high, most buyers will not even have a second thought about it. If you price it too low, most buyers will begin to wonder whether the house has a major fault. Research similar houses that were previously sold and determine their sale price. Hire a valuer to determine the total value of the property. The price should range between the resale value of similar properties and its total value of the house. You can find the listings of similar properties online or in state records.

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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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