The Ultimate Checklist for Putting Your Property on the Market

When the time comes to put your property on the market, you will face a number of responsibilities you have to complete before placing an ad. However, this is not anything to be scared of since, in the end, it will get you to your goal to sell your home. In order to do so with the minimum amount of stress, here is the ultimate checklist you should uphold to.

Go To Open House Events

The best way to find out how to sell your home is if you attend the open house events. This way you will see what other homeowners did to make their property attractive. Also, converse with other potential buyers and find out what they think is important when buying a house.

If you live in a less popular neighborhood, visit open houses in similar neighborhoods in your city and see how they deal with this. For example, Astoria in Queens used to be a simple part of New York several decades ago, but today this is a diverse community with a convenient location. The cities evolve and change over time, so check how your neighborhood fairs today since that can affect the selling price.

Find A Reliable Real Estate Agent

If you want to minimize the stress, it’s best to hire a real estate agent who will help you turn your home into a prime selling property. It’s agent’s job to find you the best buyer and represent your interests in the market. After all, they work on a commission and getting the highest price for your home is in their best interest as well as yours.

Do The Repairs

Any damage to the property will certainly reduce the selling price for a considerable amount of money. In order to avoid that, do the repairs before placing your house on the market. This can also get you a better price for the house, especially if you fixed some of the serious issues like installations, piping, and roof.

For example, expert plumbing services in Sydney can give you an estimate of safety problems that may arise from an old piping system dating back to the late ‘70s. These polybutylene pipes were cheap and easy to install back in the day but what was unknown then is that the material will deteriorate due to oxidants in the water. This turned out to be quite a problem for Australian homeowners living in the older neighborhood and deal breaker for many buyers.

Declutter

After repairs, you will have to clean the house thoroughly and keep it spotless until you sell it. This is important since buyers don’t want to look at the mess and clutter everywhere. They want to see the functional side of your home even though they will most likely do the renovations after the purchase.

Stage The Property For Your Open House

Staging a property for an open house event is more than tidying up. It’s creating an environment that buyers will feel welcomed and comfortable in, as well as to see the house’s potential. Usually, real estate agent would take care of this part but add something of your own may sweeten the deal.

For example, bake cookies and leave them on the kitchen counter so visitors can have some while examining the house. A pot of freshly brewed coffee will invoke the memories of home and family time, while fresh flowers will breathe life into the place. Even if you sell an empty house, these things can make all the difference and help buyers decide to buy your home.

Lastly

Listen to your inner voice and create an ultimate checklist based on all the things you would look for when buying a house. This will help you to put the best version of your property on the market, as well as to get the highest price. After all, if you think like a buyer you will be able to sell your home more efficiently and agreeably.

 

 

Keeping Kids Safe With These Basic Tips – TodaysMama

 

  • It is unlikely your kid is going to be abused by a weirdo at the park (huge sigh of relief).
  • That said, if there is a weirdo at the park, he’s not going to fit the “stranger” model — so stop teaching your kid about strangers! He’s going to come up to your kid and introduce himself. Voila! He ain’t a stranger anymore.
  • Teach your kids about TRICKY PEOPLE, instead. TRICKY PEOPLE are grown-ups who ASK KIDS FOR HELP (no adult needs to ask a kid for help) or TELLS KIDS TO KEEP A SECRET FROM THEIR PARENTS (including, IT’S OKAY TO COME OVER HERE BEHIND THIS TREE WITHOUT ASKING MOM FIRST. Not asking Mom is tantamount to KEEPING A SECRET.)
  • Teach your kids not to DO ANYTHING, or GO ANYWHERE, with ANY ADULTS AT ALL, unless they can ask for your permission first.

See how I said ANY ADULTS AT ALL? That’s because:

  • It’s far more likely your kid is going to be abused by someone they have a relationship with, because most cases of abuse follow long periods of grooming — both of the kid and his or her family.
  • Bad guys groom you and your kids to gauge whether or not you’re paying attention to what they’re doing, and/or to lure you into dropping your guard. Don’t. Kids who bad guys think are flying under their parents’ radars, or kids who seem a little insecure or disconnected from their parents, are the kids who are most at risk.

SO:

  • Be suspicious of gifts that adults in positions of authority give your kids. There’s no reason your son should be coming back from Bar Mitzvah study with a cool new keychain or baseball hat.
  • Be suspicious of teachers who tell you your kid is so special they want to offer him more one-on-one time, or special outings. That teacher who says your kid is into Monet, he wants to take him to a museum next weekend? Say thanks, and take your kid to go see the exhibit yourself.
  • You know that weird adult cousin of yours who’s always out in the yard with the kids, never in the kitchen drinking with the grown-ups? Keep an eye on your kids when he’s around.
  • Oh, and that soccer coach who keeps offering to babysit for free, so you can get some time to yourself? NO ONE WANTS TO BABYSIT YOUR KIDS JUST TO BE NICE.

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