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If you’d like to increase the value of your home by a slight amount before you even think of putting it on the market, you may be hesitant to make any kind of an investment. There are numerous upgrades that you can make to your home for under one thousand dollars. In the long run, these upgrades could help to save you some serious money.
Put In A Programmable Thermostat
The majority of energy usage in your home is consumed by your heating and cooling systems. Using a programmable thermostat can help to keep the temperature inside your home stable throughout the day. Your heating and cooling system won’t need to continually start and restart to create a stable temperature in the home. This could be a great assistance in long-term energy and utility bill savings.
Get A New Toilet
If you want to impress buyers, put a new stylish looking toilet in your home. Upgrading your toilet can also bring your energy costs down. It will use less water with each flush and save you on your water bill.
Re-tile The Bathroom
Tiling a room yourself can be fairly inexpensive. It can also help you to breathe new life into the bathroom. Your tub will look brand new. Buyers will leave thinking that you have done an entire remodel of the bathroom. All you really need to do is replace some tile and grout. It’s a DIY project that can truly pay off with big dividends.
Re-tile Your Floors
Just like the bathroom, putting in a new kitchen tile or floor can really bring back some life into the room. Tile helps to rejuvenate the space by getting rid of dirty, tired flooring and backsplashes.
If you need professional installation for any of these projects, you can splurge on it a bit. It does take some know how to understand the proper installation floor and backsplash tiles. Replacing the floors and tiles gives your home a new, clean look that will be an attractive upgrade to your home.
Put Up New Window Fixtures
Replacing your blinds can really add something to each room of the house. Blinds can collect a lot of dust and dirt over time. While you may wash and clean them, sometimes, the dirt gets to a point where it’s completely stuck on. If you want to really make your buyers “wow,” try wood blinds. Most home improvement stores have a wide array of options for window blinds that allow you to customize both the size and style of your blinds.
Any upgrades that you can make to your home are an improvement for you while you’re living in it. These changes also allow you to get a bit more of a return on your property once you’re ready to sell.
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The home selling journey may seem endless at times. Fortunately, once you accept a buyer's offer to purchase your home, the finish line of this journey may be in sight.
There are many things that a house seller can do to streamline the process of reaching a home closing date, and these include:
1. Establish Realistic Expectations
Although accepting an offer to purchase is a big step forward in the house selling journey, it is important to remember that many steps still need to be completed before you finalize your house sale. However, if you establish realistic expectations for the home selling journey, you can plan ahead for the steps you'll need to complete after you approve a buyer's offer to purchase your house.
Typically, a buyer will request a home inspection after you accept his or her offer to purchase your residence. If the inspection reveals there are no major problems with your house, you may be able to finalize a home sale in a matter of weeks.
On the other hand, if a home inspection raises concerns about your residence, you can always try to negotiate with a buyer. If you complete home repairs or offer a reduced price for your residence, you may be able to speed up the house selling process following an inspection.
2. Keep in Touch with a Buyer
It is important to maintain open lines of communication with a buyer as you work toward the conclusion of the house selling journey. If you work with a buyer to finalize a home transaction, you can minimize the risk of encountering time-consuming problems along the way.
If you have concerns or questions as you work toward the finish line of a home sale, don't hesitate to contact a buyer or his or her real estate agent. That way, you can address any concerns or questions and resolve potential problems before they escalate.
3. Work with a Real Estate Agent
Collaborating with a real estate agent can make a world of difference for any house seller, at any time. In fact, if you have a real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble achieving your desired home selling results.
A real estate agent is happy to work with you throughout the home selling journey. He or she will promote your residence to potential buyers and help you analyze offers to purchase your house. Then, when you are ready to accept an offer to purchase, a real estate agent will help you finalize a house sale.
The days and weeks leading up to a home closing can be stressful, but a real estate agent can help put your mind at ease. He or she will offer expert tips and recommendations as you navigate the home selling journey. As a result, a real estate agent will make it simple for you to quickly and effortlessly sell your house.
Enjoy a successful home selling journey – use the aforementioned tips, and you can limit risk as you conclude the home selling process.
You’re moving into a new home and have all kinds of ideas about new furniture pieces, arrangements, art, and organization. Knowing this, you also know that you’ll need to pare down the items you’re bringing from your current home. Nowadays, there are myriad ways to sell your unwanted belongings. The classic garage sale, or estate sale, is still a great option and there are simple actions that you can take to make sure your sale goes well. Here are some suggestions to help you be successful in selling off and getting rid of all your items, before, during, or after your sale.
Remember, remember, remember—plan ahead! Knowing what you want to sell, what price you can accept, and when you want to host your sale is imperative to your success.
PICK YOUR SALE DATE: Many cities only allow you to conduct yard sales on specific dates or weekends throughout the year. Double-check when you may host your sale. Then pick your time and start advertising a few weeks early. Post signs in your neighborhood and on surrounding city streets if you're allowed. And connect with your social network to spread the word. Include the types of items you’re selling, and even images of your higher-value pieces if you can. If your city requires any notice or paperwork completed, make sure you cross all your T’s well before your sale date.
BIG TICKET ITEMS: If you have any higher-priced items—furniture, appliances, exercise equipment, or tools—consider pricing these items first and starting your sale efforts online. Posting your sale items on Craigslist, eBay, Neighborhood, Facebook Marketplace, Upcycle, and other classified sites can help put your things in front of buyers currently looking for just what you're offering. People looking for specific pieces or professionals looking for new wares for their shops frequently search through these classifieds—and they typically know precisely what their budget is for each item. Once you know your timeline for completing your sales, what day you will host your estate sale, and when you’re moving into your new home get your big-ticket items posted online as early as possible to get the sale process rolling.
Note: for things you are not able to sell or donate, posting items as “Pick up for free” on classified sites can help you unload them with less effort on your end.
- Set prices ahead of time. When you know what pieces you want to sell, start researching their resale price online. Compare resale prices on classifieds sites with suggested pricing on garage sale advice sites. Note the amount you want to sell the item at, and the lowest price you're willing to accept. Keep these handy in a notebook so you can check your bottom line before you haggle. Checking prices ahead of time will also help you discover items that won't sell, so you can price them lower for a quick sale. You’ll help yourself get rid of clutter and have less to manage at the end of your sale. Consider having a “Clearance” or “Liquidation” or “Lowest Price Marked” area—and even a “FREE” area—to indicate items that must go!
- Create enough space between tables, racks, and standing furniture for shoppers to move through easily and see everything. Try to design the flow of your sale so that traffic moves past the best place for you to be to conduct transactions, answer questions, and keep an eye on your belongings. Clothing will sell better if shoes are set out in pairs, clothing hung on racks (especially adult clothing), and if you divide items by adult/child, gender, and size.
- If you are selling any electronic items or appliances be sure to provide an area near an outlet or extension cord for shoppers to use to test them. For battery-powered items have a few spare batteries in each of the sizes you need to allow for testing. Make sure you check all items yourself ahead of time and mark any that aren't fully functional.
- Have a team designated to help you during your sale. You may not be able to answer all questions, make deals, and monitor your belongings on your own. Have enough cash on hand to give change, even for large bills, and designate someone on your team to keep a close eye on the bank box while you assist shoppers.
- Attract buyers with signs, by putting attractive large items and small items out front, and by offering a beverage or simple snack to encourage them to say and browse.
AFTER THE SALE: For the easiest close to your sale, arrange for a local charity to come to pick up any remaining items at the end of the day. Or, have someone on your team (maybe your friend with the pickup?) scheduled to take leftovers to a donation center. This way you won't have to worry about storing any items you weren't able to sell.
Ask your local real estate agent for their advice on preparing for a sale before your next big move.
You may be the rare type of person that looks forward to cleaning your home, but most people do not relate. Cleaning your house is a pretty easy task to procrastinate because it usually takes so much time and energy from your already busy lifestyle. Of course, everyone within your household enjoys a tidy living space, but no one is up for the job. Believe it or not, some things you can do right now to keep your home tidy and relaxing every day of the week!
- Everything has a place. Assign each item a place and ensure that everyone in your household knows where those items go. For example: Where do shoes go when your family gets home from work or school? Is there a place by the door or do they go in the bedroom? Create a designated area for those items, and your home will maintain organization throughout the week.
- Create a chore list that assigns small chores each day rather than cleaning every surface in one day. For instance: Mondays can be the day everyone dusts their bedrooms, Tuesdays give someone the task of vacuuming the living area and so on. By doing a little now and then, you maintain your homes ability to remain a relaxing environment.
- Make cleaning a family activity. It can be hard to get the kids motivated to clean their rooms, but when everyone in the household is doing their part, kids can quickly jump on board. Something you could start is "The five-minute pick-up game." Set a timer for five minutes each day and ask that everyone tidy up their space for five minutes. Setting a limit will not only keep you from a few meltdowns but will also save you so much time that you could be spending on the couch resting!
- Once a month go through your home and declutter a room. It's so easy to collect unwanted items that pile up in a closet to collect dust, but you can save yourself the stress later by organizing one room each month. Declutter by asking yourself when the last time you used the item, and if you plan to use it anytime soon. If you no longer have a specific use for the article, then donate it to someone in need.
As you take a few minutes during each day to clean your home, you will save yourself so much time throughout the week that you can spend enjoying time with your friends and family.