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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 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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