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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 December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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