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.

 

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

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Financial Fitness: How To Stay On Track

Financial-Fitness

Keeping your finances on track isn’t always easy, especially if you have a family or past debts such as student loans. It can be difficult to make sure your money is going to the right places every month; many families have to make tough decisions about whether they can spend money on entertainment or pay the bills on time, while others owe so much to credit card companies that they can barely stay afloat.

Staying financially fit is a hard job made even more difficult by the fact that the cost of living doesn’t always line up with our salaries. Thinking about planning for your kids’ futures–and for your own retirement–can be incredibly stressful, and can even lead to depression. Learning how to stay on track when it comes to how much you’re spending and saving can be really beneficial in so many ways; keep reading for some great tips on how to get started.

 

List your debts

You probably have a good idea of where your debt lies; for many people, it’s mostly credit cards and student loans. However, you may be surprised after listing each debt and the amount owed on a piece of paper. Having a general idea of your finances and seeing them in front of you are two very different things, and it’s important to have a good handle on everything you owe, from department store credit cards to medical bills.

 

Create a budget

Creating a budget is always a little harder than it sounds, especially if you have a large family. The best way to get started is to look at your monthly expenditures first; go through your checking account and look for recurring charges. Add up everything you spend in a month and compare it to your income, then look for ways you can save money on each of those items. Gas, for instance, can be a huge expense if you live far away from work or have to shuttle the kids to and from school and activities. Carpooling, using public transportation, and riding a bike are all great ways to save money there (and they are much better for the environment). If you enjoy eating out often, cut back by taking your lunch to work or school, and maybe save one night a week for a dinner splurge.

 

Set a goal

It can be really easy to keep spending the way you have been if you don’t have a goal set. What is the most important financial goal for you? If it’s saving for your child’s college fund or buying a new house, start a savings account specifically with that in mind. Be realistic when setting your goal, and look at your budget to see how much you can sock away each payday without it affecting you negatively for the month.

 

Look at life insurance

No one wants to imagine that one day they won’t be with their families, but making sure you have a great life insurance policy can factor into your financial wellness and sustain your loved ones even after you’re gone. Not only that, you can sell it to help pay for your retirement down the road if that becomes necessary and if your life insurance policy is no longer beneficial to you or your loved ones.

Staying on track financially takes some work, but there are ways to do it without creating stress and heartache for you and your family. A good plan can go a long way, so talk to a financial advisor to figure out the best ways to save and make responsible decisions.