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If you are working up to selling your home, there are a few quick updates that you can do to get it in better shape for the market. Minimal time upfront getting your property ready to sell can make all the difference when it comes to offers and asking prices. Here are five simple upgrades you might want to consider before putting your home on the market.



1. Landscaping

Curb appeal is a huge factor when it comes to generating interest in a home. If you have having an open house, the first thing many potential buyers will see is your front yard and walkway. Some quick fixes to make the exterior areas of your home look well cared for can make a huge impact. Cover dirt or dying grass with mulch for a rich, updated look. Line your walkway with potted plants or flowers to make your space come alive if your yard is lacking greenery.


2. Decluttering

If you will be living in your home while you are selling, you may want to clear out some of your day-to-day items before a showing. This includes kid toys, items for pets, and anything else for general daily use. These things will make your home feel claustrophobic and smaller than it is. If you have a lot of clutter in your home, start packing early and get what you can out of your house and into storage. These items will be packed up and ready to go when you move.


3. Staging

You can take showing your home a step further and stage your home while selling. Moving out and having a home professionally staged will make it feel more spacious and can even play up its features. If you will be staying in your home, it is important to depersonalize your space as much as possible. Any knick-knacks, family photos, and extreme artwork should be hidden away. If your real estate agent has additional ideas for sprucing up your home or what to remove while showing, it is a good idea to take their advice.


4. Cleaning

While it might seem simple, a good top-to-bottom scrub can get your home in better shape for selling. Cleaning your home for viewings and/or an open house needs to involve all areas of the home and should be thorough. This includes cleaning all flooring, wiping down walls and baseboards, and scrubbing kitchens and bathrooms. If you cannot find the time to get this done, bring in professional cleaners to help.


5. Interior Lighting and Sunlight

The brighter you can make your home, the more open and spacious it will seem. Bringing in lamps to illuminate dark corners can open up spaces that might be hidden or look smaller. Opt for see-through curtains rather than heavy window coverings that can block out light. When you have your open house, be sure to keep lights on even during the day. Open up as many window coverings as possible to make your home feel light and welcoming.


Don't get discouraged in thinking that you need to do a huge overhaul of your home before getting it on the market to sell. A few minor updates can make your home look well cared for and inviting to potential home buyers. If you have a limited budget, be sure to ask your real estate agent for advice on updates specific to your home.


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Moving can be a stressful process, no matter how far you are traveling. Planning your move minimizes the stress associated with this task while also simplifying the process. Here are several tips that can help you get through your move with relative ease.



1. Begin with a Moving List

Gather all of the information you need together in a single file. Use the computer or paper, depending on which is easier for you, to create a list of moving companies in your area, supplies you'll need to purchase, and tasks you'll need to complete, such as contacting the utility company.


2. Choose a Central Base

If you pick a single spot to complete all of your packing, you'll never have to search for your packing tape or scissors.


3. Declutter before You Begin to Pack

Why bother packing up items that you won't need or want once you move into your new place. Go through the attic, garage, closets, cabinets, and bureaus and donate, sell, or give away any of the items that you no longer want. As a side benefit, you'll save on the cost of packing supplies as well as on the expense of paying someone to move your stuff.


4. Develop a Packing System

Create a numbered list of your packing boxes, making note of the items contained in each box while also numbering the appropriate boxes. This list will assist you once you move in, allowing you to choose boxes according to your immediate need for them. It also allows you to pack valuables without clearly identifying them to strangers who might be tempted to steal them. You can always keep these boxes in your vehicle so that you have them close by at all times.


5. Make Arrangements for Pet Care

If you have pets, you might want to ask a relative or friend to care for them while you move. Moving is stressful on pets, so you'll want to minimize their anxiety as much as possible. If you must take your pets with you, be sure that they are wearing identification tags with your name and phone number.


6. Create a Moving Day List

Moving day will be hectic, so you should make a list of everything you'll either need to do or to take with you so that you don't forget anything. Don't forget to include snacks, first aid kit, and money or credit cards.

Moving takes a lot of work on your part as well as on the part of the movers. You can minimize the stress associated with relocating as well as reduce the amount of work you actually have to do by creating a to-do list, streamlining your possessions, numbering boxes, listing contents, and making arrangements for your pets during the move.


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