10 Ways to Sell Your House for More Money

Have you recently thought about selling your house, but were afraid that it would not earn much more than you currently owe on the mortgage? Many people have this fear, but with just a few fixes, almost any house will be able to fetch far more than what is still owed to the bank. What if you knew that a few touch-ups could earn you $20,000 on your home? What if you could earn $40,000? It would be worth it wouldn’t it? Implement these ten tips and you might be able to do just that.

1. Tear Down the Wallpaper

If you live in an older home and have a few rooms that are still wallpapered, please, tear it down already! It most likely doesn’t look appealing and your prospective buyers most definitely don’t want to have to mess with it. By taking it down yourself and painting the wall a neutral color, you will most likely add thousands of dollars to your final selling price.

2. Update the Kitchen

The kitchen is always a very important room when it comes to selling a house. If you have old appliances and ancient cabinetry, you might want to get an upgrade before putting that “For Sale” sign in your front yard.

I know what you’re thinking, “This is going to be expensive,” but it doesn’t have to be. You can find some very nice appliances at scratch and dent stores, and your cabinets can be upgraded with just a little bit of paint. If you aren’t confident that you can handle this upgrade yourself, there are installation services like those you can find at http://www.rona.ca/en/install-services that can handle many of your kitchen upgrades for you.

3. Keep the Yard Neat and Clean

As they say, “You only have one chance to make a first impression,” and that first impression will happen when the prospective buyers roll up in your front driveway. If your kids have toys all over the yard and the bushes are out of control, there is a chance that they never get out of their car. Keep your front yard and front entrance incredibly appealing as it could be an immediate deal breaker.

4. Install Brighter Lights

This tip is incredibly simple and cheap, but it can make all the difference! A brighter house makes it look more appealing and will also make it look larger! Replace your existing bulbs with some higher wattage and you might get that higher offer you have been looking for.

5. Stage the Rooms

Nothing discourages a buyer more than if they don’t understand what a room is used for. If it is your formal dining area, be sure to have a formal dining table there (even if you have never used it before in your life). If there is an area that can suit an office space, rent a desk and office chair and stage that room as an office. If you make an area obvious, the buyer will stop thinking about what the space is used for and will use that saved brainpower to conjure up an offer!

6. Take Down the Family Photos and Rent Some Art

You want your buyers to see themselves in your house, not you. As cute as your kids may be, take down those family photos and replace them with some generic, wholesome art. Not only will this change allow your buyers to picture themselves in your house, but it will make your space appear more sophisticated.

7. Always Be Ready to Show

Keep your house clean at all times, because you never know when a buyer will be ready to walk through your house. And, you never know which looker will actually become your buyer. This step is often the most difficult and will take much effort, but it is utterly important.

8. Use an Experienced Realtor

There are so many sellers out there that think they will save themselves money by selling their homes themselves. It just doesn’t work. When a buyer sees a “For Sale By Owner” sign, they immediately think “This house should be cheap because they are saving themselves the realtor costs”. Also, by listing a home without an agent, you are discouraging buyers agents from showing your home to their clients (because they most likely will receive no payment from you in the event of a sale). Do yourself a favor and find an experienced realtor. They will be able to sell your home for top dollar and in a shorter timeframe.

9. Have an Inspection Before the Listing

There’s nothing that can kill a sale faster than a bad inspection. To avoid all of the back-and-forth hassle deep into the negotiations, get an inspection yourself before you even put the for sale sign in the front yard. This way you know there won’t be any surprises in the event that your buyers purchase an inspection and you will ultimately earn more money with the sale.

10. Be Sure the Fragrance is Inviting

As part of the first impression, when the prospective buyers walk into your home you want the smell to be inviting, not obtrusive. Buy some air fresheners or bake a few dozen cookies. Create an aroma that adds to the overall nature of your home.

Are you ready to sell your house for more money?

One Simple Step To Save Money On Nearly Everything

One Simple Step To Save Money On Nearly EverythingWe all like saving money, right?

I know I do. Love it, in fact. You know how people like to debate whether things are frugal or cheap? I don’t even bother. I know I’m cheap. I embrace it with all the enthusiasm of Eminem and swear words. Or…something like that.

How cheap am I? A job gave me a bunch of logo’d polo shirts as sort of a uniform starting four years back. By the time I quit about a year ago, I accumulated about 10 of them.

Guess what I still wear? Guess what I’m wearing right now?

I can come up with a million other examples, but I won’t bother. The important thing to know is that I’m not above looking a little bit silly in order to save enough money for a handful of polo shirts that retail for about $25 each. And that’s assuming I’d be forced to buy the same polo shirts. There are plenty of other options out there, but none as exciting as free.

While writing something else the other day, I got to thinking. What is one actionable tip that folks can use to save themselves money on practically everything? I thought that might be something this cheap guy might be qualified to answer.

I’m not talking about the basics, like don’t buy stuff you don’t need, or cut out buying coffee at the Starbucks. We all know that stuff, but we do it anyway. And I’m not talking about making a budget either, since it’s really easy to just rob from savings when things go wrong.

So I thought about my own life, and what I’ve done in the past to save money. And then it hit me. The perfect idea.

About five years ago, I wanted to replace the terrible dimmer switch in my living room, because I had zero desire to further stereotypes that I’m some sort of creepy 80s guy. I thought about calling my electrician friend and attempting to pay him in beer and pizza, but that might take days, and I wanted dimmer-less light now.

So I Googled ‘how to change light switch.’

The first result was from a website that broke it down into twelve individual steps. I believe one was “get a screwdriver” and another was “turn off the power to the light.”

I don’t think it took me 10 minutes to change it. It was a really easy job.

I’m not a very handy guy, as evidenced by having to Google having to swap out a light switch. But I had a screwdriver and the patience to try to figure it out, and did so pretty easily. And by doing so, I saved myself a few bucks by not calling my friend, or more than a few bucks by not having to call a professional.

Now? I do a quick internet search before tackling most anything.

There are so many examples of this working out. A few months ago, my car’s back window wouldn’t stay up. This happened once before, in about 2009, and it cost me approximately $350 to fix. I wasn’t too excited about spending another $400 to make sure thieves don’t steal my iPod from 2007.

So I Googled it.

Within the first five search results was a great idea. Use suction cups to hold the window up. 20 minutes (and $4 later), I was in the Wal-Mart parking lot with a window no longer falling down into the door. A few days later I finished the job, using industrial adhesive to seal the window shut for all of eternity.

Total cost: about $8. That’s a savings of…carry the one…a lot.

This doesn’t just work for home repairs. Buying something online? Take 2 minutes and look for a coupon code, or see if a competitor has it at a cheaper price. Getting groceries? Plan your trip, and see what competitors have on sale. There are a million other examples. You’ll be amazed at the collective wisdom of everyone online.

Since I started doing this, I’ve had the confidence to attempt all sorts of home repairs, do some basic car stuff, and easily saved hundreds of dollars buying stuff online. It takes all of a minute to try it. In terms of pure efficiency, this might be the best way to save money. It’s fast, easy, and really effective. So just start doing it already.

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