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Adding a house to the real estate market should be simple. However, a home seller must consider various factors before listing a home, or risks missing out on opportunities to stir up interest from potential homebuyers.
Some of the top factors to consider before you list a residence include:
1. Your Home's Interior and Exterior
Ultimately, your home only gets one chance to make a positive first impression on homebuyers. If a home seller dedicates the necessary time and resources to update a house's interior and exterior, he or she may be able to increase the likelihood of a quick home sale.
To improve a house's interior, it is important to declutter as much as possible. Remove any non-essential items from a home; these items can be sold at a garage sale or online or put into a storage unit until a home sells.
Furthermore, to enhance a home's exterior, a home seller should mow the front lawn, trim the hedges and perform assorted home exterior maintenance projects. With a dazzling home exterior, a home seller can help his or her residence stand out from other available houses.
2. The Local Housing Market
How does your home stack up against the competition? Study the local housing market closely, and you should have no trouble establishing a competitive price for your home.
Examine the prices of available residences that are similar to your own. Also, take a look at the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. With this housing market data in hand, you can understand whether you're preparing to operate in a buyer's or seller's market and price your residence appropriately.
3. Home Appraisal Results
When it comes to getting a home ready for the real estate market, it never hurts to conduct a home appraisal.
During a home appraisal, a property inspector will assess a house's condition. After the appraisal is finished, this inspector will provide a homeowner with a copy of a home appraisal report.
A home appraisal report offers valuable insights into a home's condition and enables a home seller to prioritize myriad home improvement projects. As such, the report may help a home seller find ways to enhance a residence before he or she adds it to the real estate market.
Lastly, if you're looking to list a house in the foreseeable future, working with a real estate agent is key.
A real estate agent is happy to help you prep your residence for the housing market. He or she will offer honest, unbiased home selling recommendations and ensure you can upgrade your house as needed. Plus, this housing market professional will set up home showings and open houses, negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf and do whatever it takes to help you sell your residence.
Get your house ready for the real estate market – consider the aforementioned factors, and you can transform an ordinary residence into an awe-inspiring home.
At the individual homeowner level, real estate success incorporates more than your house. It includes your parking and landscaping. You may have moved to a home that is already ripe with lush trees, bushes, hedges and other foliage. This greenery beautifies your property, potentially increasing its overall value.
Beautify your property without putting your home at risk
Bushes, hedges and trees add vibrant color to front and back lawns. They serve as perfect shade, lowering indoor temperatures which, in turn, may lower utility usage and costs. Even with small lawns, there's the ability to plant bushes, hedges and trees in themed and artful designs. This single act is an excellent way to make your home standout from other neighborhood properties.
Greenery can also put your property at risk, and not just during harsh weather storms, times when trees and other foliage may fall on autos and houses. Dense, wide and tall greenery can also serve as hiding places for would-be thieves. Home invaders can hide behind tall bushes and trees, yet see inside your home.
Closer, intrusive looks at your home
You may not see them. But, they could easily spot you enough times to know which rooms of your house are most likely empty of an adult. That's not all. Video and audio cameras can be placed in bushes, hedges and trees without you being aware that the devices are on your property.
It's with audio and video cameras that would be home invaders can spy on your home, whether you are at home or away. They could use tapes from these devices to review and monitor your patterns, including when you leave home for work. They could know when your house is most likely to be empty.
The very nature of lush lawns, bushes and trees allows them to muffle sounds unlike noises that would echo across a cement pavement if someone was walking or running on a wide open porch or front or back walkway. Foliage can also be used as a detector.
For example, long tree limbs can be used by potential home invaders to scrap windows solely to see if pets respond. If pets come running, bark or growl, it could alert someone who is prying on your home as to the location of the animals. It could also alert people thinking about entering your home unlawfully as to the type and size of pet you have.
There's a lot that you can do
The good news is that there are several steps that you can take to protect your home. As an early step, you can trim bushes, hedges and trees. Make sure that bushes are not wide enough for someone to hide behind. They also shouldn't be so tall that someone could duck and hide behind them.
Avoid planting bushes and trees too close to your house. Ensure that bushes and trees don't block your view, preventing you from seeing outside your house. You also don't want trees, hedges and bushes to block your view of nearby roadways.
Consider installing motion detection lights in or near bushes, hedges and trees, especially near greenery that is close to your house. When you move about your house also keep in mind that someone could see inside your home. You can gain added privacy by closing drapes and blinds when you're getting dressed or napping.
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Trappings of fame have caused several celebrities to build a fortress around them. It’s reached the point where it has become a status symbol to live in a massive house and to go nowhere without armed guards.
This phenomenon dates back decades, if not longer. Queens and kings, monarchs and princes sequestered themselves in massive castles. Today’s presidents keep a constant entourage of security around them, some presidents not daring to venture outside, not even on their house porch, absent a guard.
Signs your house has become mentally toxic
From the outside, these happenings can appear as hallmark events that signal you made it, that you’re a big success. Yet, humans need to connect with one another to remain emotionally and mentally healthy. In fact, studies have shown that when people connect in-person and communicate more, play together and share concerns, it can lead to improved health.
But, how do you know that your house has become mentally toxic? Check out these signs:
- You only go outside to commute to work
- Your friends have started to tell you that the only time they see you is when they visit you at your house
- Your dog or cat is starting to nudge you, pushing you toward the front or back door and not just because they have torelieve themselves
- When new dust forms on your living room tables, you spot exactly where the dust is almost immediately
- An eerie or uncomfortable feeling comes over you when you do venture outside on non-work days
- Sleeping in all day sounds like a perfect thing to do to you. In fact, you’re starting to sleep in all day at least two to three times a month
- In the last year, you’ve packed on 15 to 30pounds, and all because you’ve taken to spending most of your days and nights inside your house
- Excuses are what you give your family and friends whenever they invite you to go with them to a fun place away from home
- Most of your spare money goes to add on another room or to buy a new gadget for – you got it, your house
Love your house without turning it into your prison
A house should provide protection from natural elements. It should offer a sense of security from weather storms, intruders and strangers passing in the night. Your sweetest memories could well be created in your house, family and friends circling your kitchen or dining room table as you celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas or the ringing in of a new year.
But, a house should not become such a fortress that it isolates you and prevents you from meeting new people and enjoying rewarding experiences. As tempting as it might be, you also probably don’t want your house to become so comfortable that you view it as a hideout. Yes. You want a home that meets your dwelling needs. You want a place that’s beautifully designed, a perfect match for your personality.What you don’t want is for your house to entice you into a rut and cause you to become bored with life.