Smart Budget-Minded Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly
Guest Blog Post by Suzie Wilson  

Are you getting ready to put your house on the market? If so, now is the time to make sure you fully understand the best ways to make your home move as quickly as possible. The faster you can manage to secure a buyer, the more likely you are to get a great price. As a home stays on the market for longer, the odds increase that you’ll need to reduce the price. It’s also harder to get bites; buyers see the long timestamp as an indicator that there’s something wrong.

That’s why it’s so important to make sure you start off on the right foot when it comes to selling your home. There are several things you can do to ensure that your house sells quickly. Here’s a look at a few of the best techniques sellers can use to secure a fast transaction.

Stage Well

When it comes down to it, the buyer’s first impression of your property is going to make a huge difference. People use that first look to set the tone for viewings; if it’s lackluster, the property will have to overcome it, making it a harder sell. That’s why staging is so important. 

Your goals with staging boil down to depersonalization. You want the space to look livable, but not necessarily lived in. This means taking down personal photos and removing especially stylized décor. You can check out stores like Walmart to find sales, discounts (don’t hesitate to shop the refurbished or clearance sections), and cashback deals on affordable decorations that will suit nearly anyone’s tastes. This allows buyers to imagine themselves in the home and project their lives into the space, making them more likely to buy. 

It’s also important to make sure it’s clean and decluttered. Before you have viewings or get photos taken for the listing, pack or store away any items you don’t actually use or need. Then, do a thorough deep cleaning, or consider hiring a cleaning service to knock the job out for you. This will ensure that your house looks inviting and appealing to potential buyers.

Get the Right Help 

If you’re not already pretty familiar with the home-selling process, it’s best to have a real estate agent on your side to help you sell. Access to a network of interested buyers alone is an invaluable aspect of the relationship you develop with your agent. Moreover, they’ll be able to give you informed insight as to what kind of sales price you can justify, what the most appealing parts of your property are, and when will be the best time to put your home on the market. These will all ensure that you save — and make — money in the process of your sale.

Talk to friends and family to get recommendations for trusted real estate agents, and interview a couple before you choose. You should value someone with a long, proven history of sales in your area. You also want to make sure that your personalities click; you don’t need to be best friends, but as you’ll work with your agent a lot, it’s best that you get along. 

Make Profitable Upgrades 

There are a number of little projects you can do around your house that won’t cost much to do but may entice buyers into making an offer. For example, if you have old curtain rods, you can upgrade them to a newer, more aesthetically pleasing model. You can do the same with any hardware in the home, such as doorknobs and drawer pulls. 

However, be wary of renovations that don’t provide returns on investment. New carpeting, for example, doesn’t usually pay off. It’s pricey to do, and you never know if buyers will actually want carpet. Research any upgrades before you make them ensure they’re worth the cost. 

By putting thought into the process of putting your house on the market, you can ensure you get the most out of your property. Focus on staging your home to appeal to buyers and making the right moves for your market, and you’ll find the right match in no time.

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Published online February 21, 2020

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4 Practical Tips for Finding an Accessible Home
Guest Blog Post by Patrick Young, Able-USA

House hunting can be a challenge for anyone. However, when you have a disability, the task of finding a place that meets your needs can feel overwhelming. One reason for this is because less than 5 percent of homes in the United States qualify as accessible. Although it may not be an easy process, knowing what to look for and doing some planning can help you along the way. Here are four tips for finding the perfect accessible home.

Look at Structural Features

First of all, you will need to consider the size of your future home. Particularly if you use a wheelchair or other kind of mobility aid, you will want plenty of floor space to maneuver around your home safely and comfortably. You will also want to think about the layout of the home, especially the stairs. Almost all accessible homes are one-story with zero-step entrances. Furthermore, doorways and passageways should be wide enough for mobility aids. These can be widened after you purchase the home, but it can be expensive to do so. Knowing to look for these features will save you valuable time on your home search.

Assess the Location

Along with the interior of your home, you want to make sure the general location serves you well. For instance, are essential establishments such as markets and pharmacies nearby? Are they close enough to deliver? If you like to visit the park, is there one relatively close so you can access it regularly? How heavy is the traffic on the roads and sidewalks, and how many ramps are on the sidewalks? You may also want to know about the nearest public transportation stops.
Do This Before Moving In

Once you find your perfect home, there are some tasks to tackle before moving in. Securing your home with new locks comes first. You can compare qualified locksmiths in your area. Also, you’ll need to change your address. Start by changing your address on the USPS website so that you don’t miss any important mail, which can be done in a few minutes. Then, you can make updates with your subscriptions and credit cards at your own pace. Here are a few other tasks to do before moving in:

●       Inspect your home for plumbing leaks.

●       Clean your cabinets, closets, and any other place with shelves.

●       Replace your toilet seats.

●       Vacuum and clean your refrigerator coils.

●       Replace the batteries in your smoke/CO detectors and make sure they function correctly.

Consider Modifications

Hopefully, you will find a home that makes this part a little easier and less expensive to manage. Nonetheless, even if you find an “accessible” home, you will likely need to make some modifications to fit your specific needs. For instance, you want to make sure your entranceway has a zero-step entrance, as well as threshold ramps inside the home. If your doorways are not wide enough to accommodate a mobility aid (e.g., wheelchair, walker), you will either need to have them widened or install expandable door hinges.

Also, you will want to make sure your bathroom is accessible and safe. This may not require a full remodel, which can cost $25,000 or more. You can make your bathroom accessible by adding items like grab bars (inexpensive models are available for under $13) in bathing areas and by the toilet and lowering your sink and vanity/medicine cabinet. Moreover, think about daily activities in the kitchen, which may require you to lower the cabinets, as well as certain appliances such as the microwave.

Finding an accessible home that you like is not impossible. Be sure to consider structural features in each home that will allow for easier and less expensive modifications to be made. Make sure the location of your home provides safe and convenient access to important establishments. Finally, make a checklist of tasks to accomplish before moving in, and make any modifications that will make your everyday living experience safer and more comfortable.

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Published January 21, 2020