Get Your Home Sold with These Tricks

Professional home staging is always worth the investment. But, you must understand you can do it without spending a lot of money. Here are five no cost strategies you can do to do get your home sold:

1. Keep it clean. A home that is absolutely pristine clean presents as well cared for. A pristine home doesn’t make potential buyers wonder what’s going on behind the walls like a dust bunny can. Clean all windows inside and out. Dust all door frames, light fixtures, ceiling fans, and blinds. Don’t leave a single spot in your home untouched.

2. Pack up almost all personal stuff. If you have a great photo of your family having a great time camping or enjoying some other family activity, then you can leave this one out on display if your home is being marketed to families. All other photos and keepsakes must be packed away out of view. They draw buyer’s attention to your family and keep them from seeing your home as their potential home. Your keepsakes make your home too personal – to you – without leaving room for them.

3. Clean your outdoor spaces. Outdoor living is now a part of everyday life for all of us. Potential buyers will absolutely consider the outdoor spaces as critically as they do indoor spaces. If you don’t have the budget to freshen the landscape with flowers and decorative items you can still make sure the yard is perfectly manicured. Keep your yard watered and cut to approximately 3 inches in height. Any shorter takes away from the fresh green look, any longer starts to look unkempt. Trim the foliage – it should be very neat and properly shaped to match your neighborhood. Trim the trees so that a 6 foot tall person can easily pass under them. It makes them appear taller and gives the yard a clean look. Power wash the sidewalk, patio, deck, driveway, and fence. You will be shocked how much of a difference this will make in the look of your home.

4. Keep your entire house bright. When showing or photographing your home for potential buyers open every single blind and curtain in your home. Turn on every single light. Even the light over the cook top and inside the oven should be on. Buyers are looking for “light and bright” not “dark and dreary” so – give them light. Let them see how clean and well cared for your home is. Don’t be afraid to move a lamp to brighten up a space if you need to. Let there be light – and lots and lots of it!



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5 Best Ways to Connect with Your Neighbors

Life can get super busy these days that it seems like having neighbors as real-life friends is not as common as it used to be. We are always on social media and yet we perpetually feel like there is no time to connect with the people who live close to us. And in big cities, this is particularly true because everyone comes and goes without saying hi or even waving hello. Why do it, anyway?

It’s pretty simple, really. Knowing the people who live around you creates a sense of belonging and, ultimately, a shared identity. Getting along with your neighbors and actually building relationships with them can strengthen not just connections but also trust in your community. And next thing you know, you are contributing to a healthier and happier neighborhood for everyone.

If you are looking to cultivate a connected neighborhood, here are some simple tips to get you started.

Strike a conversation. Starting a conversation with someone you just met can make you feel awkward — all the more if you are an introvert. Don’t let uneasiness keep you from communicating with your neighbor. Look around and find a common ground. Are you both interested in home improvement projects? Ask about his latest outdoor entertainment project at home. Do you like the same music or food? Share playlists or exchanges recipes! You’ll be surprised at how fun and insightful your conversation can get.

Do random acts of kindness. Most people respond positively to acts of kindness. Bake and take cookies to your neighbors. Babysit for free. Check in on an elderly. It’s small gestures like these that can make life a little bit easier for your next-door friend. They may not be able to repay but inspiring kindness sure opens up a whole new world of what it means to care for others.

Host a party. Invite your neighbors to a casual gathering at your front lawn. Serve them some freshly baked snacks and lemonade while you all hang out and get to know each other better. Depending on your budget and schedule, you can invite your neighbors over for your son’s birthday party, your wedding anniversary or what have you. If you need tips on hosting a successful party at your home then here’s a pretty nifty infographic from HeatStrip USA.

Offer what you have. Got some old clothes or toys to donate? Offer them to your next-door neighbor’s kids first. Cooked more than what you need? Invite the entire family for dinner. Sharing is caring, and it is not hard to do. When you share what you have — and you share it selflessly, you change other people’s lives and yours for the better.

Express appreciation. Neighbors extend to trash disposal workers who diligently collect waste all-year round, mail carriers who drop off letters every day, and delivery people who bring you pizza when you are hungry. Wave and say thank you! And while most companies don’t allow service workers to accept gifts, you can certainly offer small tokens of appreciation like a gift card to your local coffee shop. Not only do small gestures like these create goodwill, they also teach children the value of generosity.

It’s important to feel comfortable where you live, and connecting and building relationships with your neighbors will only result in strong community bonds. When you feel good about who you are surrounded by, you live a happier life. And when you live a happier life, you help improve everyone else’s quality of life.


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