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10 Tips for Preparing a House for Sale

10 Tips for Preparing a House for Sale

When the time comes to sell your home, you don’t want to have to wait for months and months to find a buyer. You need to take the proper steps to make sure that your home is more attractive to potential buyers. This is basically known as “staging”, and it can be the deciding factor when it comes down to selling your home quickly and getting the price you want for your home. Here are ten tips you can use to help you prepare your house for sale:

1. Get it Cleaned

This is an obvious tip, but a necessary one. No one wants to come into a dirty house, and any dirt and clutter can take away from the beauty of your home. You want them to see the house, not dirt and clutter. So either clean it thoroughly yourself, or hire professional help to get a deep clean from qualified experts.

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2. Make Repairs

If there are any repairs that need to be made around the home, get them done before you start showing it to potential buyers.[1] Most buyers want to move into a home that they don’t have to do a lot of work on, and they also don’t want to spend a lot of money on repairs in addition to the cost of the home.

3. Clean Up the Outside Too

While you are cleaning, don’t forget to clean up the outside of the property. Remember, this is going to be the first thing that potential buyers see, so you want to make sure that they get a great first impression of your home. Add a fresh coat of paint to the front door and add a welcome mat while you are at it.

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4. Contact Real Estate Brokers

Start calling around to various real estate brokerage firms. Not only can they help you get a fast sale, but they can also recommend things to do that will make potential buyers more interested in your property. Consult with real estate agents on how to get more money for the house. Start by contacting Speed Property Buyers, Sky Five Properties, Allgood Realty Team, and realtor.com, and continue your search from there.

5. Paint the Walls

You might love bright colors, but the next person to own your home might not, and most people aren’t going to want to have to paint as soon as they move in. Additionally, if you have a lot of bright walls, it can detract from the room itself and make it difficult for buyers to envision living in the home. Stick with neutral shades, like white for example.

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6. Eliminate Big Furniture

You want to open up space and let buyers see how much room they have to work with. This can be difficult with a lot of big furniture in the way. If you aren’t using big pieces, put it in storage until you move into your new home.

7. Organize Closets and Cupboards

If you have messy closets and cupboards, it is going to look like you don’t have a lot of storage space in your home. Get these areas cleaned up and get rid of anything that you don’t need so you can show off lots of storage space, which is something that buyers are looking for.[2]

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8. De-Personalize

Potential buyers want to be able to envision what a home is going to look like once all of their stuff is in it. If the home is filled with personal photos, mementos, trinkets, etc., this is going to be difficult for them to do. So try to strip the property down as much as possible.

9. Let the Natural Light In

When showing your home during the daytime hours, be sure to open all of the curtains, drapes, and blinds. Natural light will show off your home, making it look bigger, brighter, and more inviting.

10. Give Rooms a Purpose

When staging your home for sale, be sure to make each room have a purpose. For instance, if there is a spare bedroom, turn it into a home office. Turn the bathroom into a spa. Turn the basement area into a guest room or a craft room. This will showcase the versatility of what your living space could be for potential buyers.

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them

If I was a super hero I’d want my super power to be the ability to motivate everyone around me. Think of how many problems you could solve just by being able to motivate people towards their goals. You wouldn’t be frustrated by lazy co-workers. You wouldn’t be mad at your partner for wasting the weekend in front of the TV. Also, the more people around you are motivated toward their dreams, the more you can capitalize off their successes.

Being able to motivate people is key to your success at work, at home, and in the future because no one can achieve anything alone. We all need the help of others.

So, how to motivate people? Here are 7 ways to motivate others even you can do.

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1. Listen

Most people start out trying to motivate someone by giving them a lengthy speech, but this rarely works because motivation has to start inside others. The best way to motivate others is to start by listening to what they want to do. Find out what the person’s goals and dreams are. If it’s something you want to encourage, then continue through these steps.

2. Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions are the best way to figure out what someone’s dreams are. If you can’t think of anything to ask, start with, “What have you always wanted to do?”

“Why do you want to do that?”

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“What makes you so excited about it?”

“How long has that been your dream?”

You need this information the help you with the following steps.

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3. Encourage

This is the most important step, because starting a dream is scary. People are so scared they will fail or look stupid, many never try to reach their goals, so this is where you come in. You must encourage them. Say things like, “I think you will be great at that.” Better yet, say, “I think your skills in X will help you succeed.” For example if you have a friend who wants to own a pet store, say, “You are so great with animals, I think you will be excellent at running a pet store.”

4. Ask About What the First Step Will Be

After you’ve encouraged them, find how they will start. If they don’t know, you can make suggestions, but it’s better to let the person figure out the first step themselves so they can be committed to the process.

5. Dream

This is the most fun step, because you can dream about success. Say things like, “Wouldn’t it be cool if your business took off, and you didn’t have to work at that job you hate?” By allowing others to dream, you solidify the motivation in place and connect their dreams to a future reality.

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6. Ask How You Can Help

Most of the time, others won’t need anything from you, but it’s always good to offer. Just letting the person know you’re there will help motivate them to start. And, who knows, maybe your skills can help.

7. Follow Up

Periodically, over the course of the next year, ask them how their goal is going. This way you can find out what progress has been made. You may need to do the seven steps again, or they may need motivation in another area of their life.

Final Thoughts

By following these seven steps, you’ll be able to encourage the people around you to achieve their dreams and goals. In return, you’ll be more passionate about getting to your goals, you’ll be surrounded by successful people, and others will want to help you reach your dreams …

Oh, and you’ll become a motivational super hero. Time to get a cape!

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