6 Key Things Not to do When Selling Your Home

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If you are like most people, you’ve read article after article about what you should do when selling your home. Equally important to what you should do when selling your home is what you must avoid. There are six key things you want to avoid when selling your home.


Don’t Display Your Day to Day Life


Your home may have worked perfectly for you the way it is set up and decorated. You may automatically assume that the same template you’ve developed for your home works for anyone who may be interested in purchasing your residence. In fact, that is not the case.


When a prospective buyer enters your residence, he or she needs to be able to imagine the home as if he or she is living in it. If there is too much clutter, too much evidence of your own day to day live, that will become difficult, if not impossible, for a prospective buyer to accomplish.


Therefore you cannot leave your residence in state that overwhelms a person on how you have gone about living in the property. Thus, you need to eliminate a good deal of what you have displayed on tables and so forth. You need to put away the personal items that make your house a home for you, but don’t have the same pull with a prospective buyer.


Don’t Raise Red Flags


When it comes to selling your home, you must not leave red flags waving. If there are even small defects that are obvious in your home, deal with them before you open the doors to prospective buyers.


For example, if there are evident defects in the carpeting in a room, even if they are just due to normal wear and tear, you need to address those before the house goes on the market. Small defects can amount to red flags among many prospective buyers. They will worry that if obvious small defects exist, are there bigger problems with a property that are not obvious.


Don’t Be Negative


You must never be negative about anything at your property when you are visiting with a prospective buyer. Of course, you do need to disclose whatever is required by law, good or bad. But, that doesn’t mean that you need to make generalized negative comments about the residence in front of a possible buyer.


This includes even making statements like you decided to move because the house was too small or any type of comment like that. These types of statements and unnecessary and are likely to prove to be unhelpful.


Don’t Carpet the Bathroom


The bathroom and kitchen are two rooms in your residence that a purchaser really does buy in a decorated and complete condition. Thus, it is very important that the bathroom make the best possible presentation possible. The bathroom must not be in such a condition that a prospective buyer will believe he or she needs to immediately go to work on changing it if the house is purchased.


One key step in this regard is not to have a carpeted bathroom. The vast majority of people do not want carpet in the bathroom. They oftentimes equate a carpeted bathroom with dampness and odors.


Don’t Have Pets Around


Undoubtedly, your pets are part of your family. Understanding this reality, you nonetheless cannot have your pets around when a prospective buyer is going to touring the property.


Indeed, you need to take this admonition a step further. You can’t have anything that indicates the presence of a pet around when a possible buyer is going to be visiting the home.


Some staging experts contend that you should send your dog, cat, or other pets somewhere else while the house is on the market. This is an extreme position and is not a realistic approach to addressing the issue of pets in your home when the property goes on the market.



If you are like many people, you may have a room in your house that is more for storage than anything else, a proverbial junk room. Don’t leave that as wasted space when the house goes on the market.


Find another location for the junk you’ve let pile up in the spare room. Turn that space into something else. For example, redecorate it into a simple home office or guest bedroom. You’ll want a potential buyer to see how each room in the residence does have a productive use.




Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Scaffold Store, the favorite and trusted scaffold supplier of the largest contractors.


Saving Money on Entertainment

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Even though you must maintain a strict budget, you are human and are social animal. You enjoy going our and about on the town with friends. You do like to partake in adult libations when you visit a bar or nightclub.


There are techniques you can utilize to drink at bars and nightclubs and not go financially overboard. In other words, there are some specific strategies that you should bear in mind when it comes to saving money when you go out for a night on the town.


Enjoy Happy Hour

Liquor laws do vary from one state to another. With that said, in many jurisdictions in the United States, happy hours are lawful and provided by many bars and nightclubs. One way that you can save money when head off to a bar or club is to take advantage of happy hour.

Historically, bars provided happy hour in the late afternoon and early evening. Nightclubs hosted happy hour in the early evening. In recent years, many bars and clubs offer a twice a night happy. These establishments have happy hours both in the early evening (or later afternoon for bars) and late at night.


Take Advantage of Drink Specials

When visiting a bar or nightclub, inquire as to what drink specials are being offered. You may not always be able to find a drink or alcohol type that appeals to you. However, oftentimes you will be able to find a bar special that is appealing to you. In addition, if you at adventurous, you may be able to discover a new adult libation that you end up enjoying a great deal. You can save what amounts to a considerable amount of money by taking advantage of drink specials.


Purchase Cheaper Beverages

If you are like most people, you have favorite adult libations. These may be more expensive than well selections. You can save what can amount to a considerable amount of money when you go out and about on the town when you select lower cost alcohol — well alcohol. The price different can be a couple of dollars to upwards to $10 or more per serving.


Pair Up an Adult Beverage with a Water

You can save money on your bar tab if you pair up each cocktail, beer, or wine with a glass of water. This slows down your drinking, and fills up. In addition to saving you money, this strategy also keeps you hydrated while enjoying alcoholic beverages. It also is likely helpful in lessoning the symptoms of a hangover if you do end up drinking a bit too much when out on the town at a bar or nightclub.


Beware of Costs of Local Craft Brew

Supporting local businesses is important. However, if you are going to purchase local craft brews while enjoying a night out, you need to be aware of what you are paying. You may be like many people who think domestic beer when you purchase locally.

Yes, you technically are buying a domestic beer when you purchase a local craft brew. However, you will be paying a premium price for the brew, unless the venue is offering some sort of special.


Drink at Home

A solid way of saving money on you bar tab is not having one at all. In other words, rather than party with your friends at a bar or nightclub, stay home and do it there. You truly can save a notable amount of money if you visit the neighborhood liquor store and imbibe with your friends from the comfort of your own home. This is not a permanent solution. However, by partying at home sometimes, you can save more money to be used when you elect to go out on the town.


Take Cash Only

Time and again, people partying in bars and clubs rack up surprising bar tabs because they use credit or debit cards to pay off their obligations. When you are not handing over cash to a bartender, you easily can lose track of how much money you are spending while on the town. For this reason, when you intend to spend time at a bar or club, bring along only case. Make all of your alcohol purchases with cash.


“Pre-drink” at Home

Before heading out for a night on the town, have a drink or two at home. This can help you get relaxed for a fun night out on the town. You can also knock down your bar or club bill when you do drink at least a bit at home before going out.


Jessica Kane writes for TIPS Alcohol Training, offering TIPS responsible alcohol service training online for both on and off premise needs.