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5 Things To Do To Prepare Your House To Sell

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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 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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