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5 Things To Do To Prepare Your House To Sell

5 Things To Do To Prepare Your House To Sell

Whether you have decided to sell your home in a traditional manner with the assistance of a real estate agent or you’ve decided to do it alone, there are several things you will need to do to ensure that the sale goes smoothly.

The following are 5 things that you can do to prepare your house to sell and reduce the risk of problems arising:

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Exterior

The exterior of your home is one of the first things a buyer will notice. A for sale sign on your property will do no good if your home does not have curb appeal. If your home needs to be painted, it will be the first thing a buyer notices and could be a deterrent in them even considering to step in the front door. Other than painting, your exterior improvements should also include trimming your lawn and making sure that all of the windows are clean and sparkling.

Landscaping

Along with the exterior of your home, the landscape can quickly turn off a buyer. If your yard is cluttered, take the time to clean it up before you even put up the for sale sign up. You will also want to mow frequently and trim any shrubs or bushes that have grown out of control. Planting flowers will also be beneficial; even if you simply put them in pots and place them on either side of the front door it will improve a buyer’s first impression of your home.

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Inspection/Repairs

It will also benefit a serious seller to have a complete inspection of the property done in order to find and repair any issues with the home that could slow down the sale. Even if you do not hire a professional inspector, be sure to inspect your house with fresh eyes and try to see what other buyers are seeing. Something that could be considered a minor issue to you, like a sagging entry way floor, could be the reason a buyer does not wish to purchase your home.

Clean Like a Pro

As a homeowner, it is often necessary to cut corners when cleaning due to a lack of time. When you are trying to sell, however, cutting corners can result in no sale. Every room in your home must be cleaned properly. From your entryway to the upstairs bathroom, your home should sparkle. Once you thoroughly clean, keep it that way in case any unexpected appointments come your way. Being prepared can make a big difference in how long it takes your home to sell.

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Showcase Each Room

Buyers want to know what each room in the home is and how it can be used. Before you show your home, make sure to showcase each room so that its purpose is obvious to the buyer. While you may have used that extra bedroom for storage, a potential buyer will want to see it for what it really is supposed to be. You may even wish to consider having your home professionally staged as it can often lead to a quicker sale and a higher price for your home.

Final Thoughts

Selling your home can be stressful, but to eliminate some of that stress, you can follow this advice to ensure a successful sale. A complete renovation may not be possible (or necessary), but you can complete small projects to improve its appearance and make sure it is clean. While these things may seem small to you, to a buyer they can be either the thing that inspires them to buy or the thing that is the cause for their rejection of your home.

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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