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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 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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