Debbie Caniff's Blog
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The "House For Sale" sign has been in your front yard for so long that you're growing tired of seeing it, placard waving in the wind, stick pushed down through the hard earth. But, you dare not remove the sign. You need to sell your house and soon. Time is running short for you to buy and move into a larger house.
7 reasons why your house might be turning home buying off
You might be expecting the arrival of a new baby, a celebratory event that will make your current house instantly too small. Or you might be ready to downsize and move into a small house, potentially putting more income in your wallet and more travel options at your fingertips.
Intent and effort are there. So, what could be keeping your house from selling? One of the first items to look at if you're house is just sitting on the market is the price of your house.
Price - If your house has been on the market for several weeks and shifts in the market have occurred since you first listed your house, ask your realtor to run new comparables. Be willing to do independent market research as well.
Amenities - Older amenities at your house might be turning home buyers off. Consider upgrading small amenities like sink faucets and light bulb coverings.
Age -Similar to amenities, the age of your house could have a significant impact on some home buyers. A fresh coat of paint, replacing worn roof shingles and laying new carpet could give your house a younger look and feel.
Size - A house that is too small or too big could be keeping your house from selling. Decorative dividers, bunk beds and a daybed or home office could add more functionality to your home. So too could extra shelving, a removable pantry and tall organizers.
Neighbors -This one you may not have a lot of room to change. But, you can start developing rewarding relationships with your neighbors and doing what it takes to maintain those healthy relationships. It could make the difference between your neighbors being loud and obnoxious each time potential home buyers stop by for an open house or your neighbors changing for the better in response to your warmth.
Community -Entertainment, shopping and transportation options in the community that your house is located in could help your house to sell. Lack of these offerings can also be what is keeping your house from selling.
Curb Appeal - Step back and take an objective look at your house. Could the exterior of your home benefit from more color, plants, flowers or a greener lawn? How about the exterior paint or siding on your house? Do they need to be refreshed or washed?
To increase buyer interest in your house, think about what you want most in your next home.Think about what you wanted when you first moved into the house that you live in now. Add those amenities to your house. Also, ask your realtor for advice on what you can do to shorten the time that it takes your house to sell.
Set down ground rules on eating outYou don't have to totally deprive yourself of the luxury of eating out to save money. But there are many ways you can cut back on spending. Start tracking your spending by using a budgeting app, by checking your bank account, or just by using a pad of paper. Keep track of every quick stop for a sandwich, every trip to a fast food restaurant, and even every coffee you buy during the week. Many people are shocked to find that they spend up to $100 a month just on their daily caffeinated beverages. Now that you know the damage you'll be more motivated to make a change. Switch to making your own coffee. Buy yourself a nice travel mug and make it your best friend. When it comes to dining out at restaurants, make them special occasions. Decide with your significant other on two or three days of the month (every other Saturday maybe) when you'll go on a date night together. If you're flying solo, treat yourself to the same two nights out, whether it's just you or you're with friends.
Save on groceriesThere are a number of ways to spend less at the checkout line that won't require you to eat any less or sacrifice nutrition. In fact, many of these tips will actually be healthier for you depending on your own eating habits and nutritional needs.
- Buy in bulk. Certain staple items are much less expensive when bought in bulk. Rice and dried beans come in huge bags that will last months and there are an unlimited number of recipes you can make with these two items. Other great items to buy in bulk: frozen vegetables, pasta, cereal, oatmeal, toilet paper, and trash bags.
- Cut back on meat. Americans eat a lot of meat. It isn't uncommon for some families to have meat every night of the week. If that's the case for you, try having one meat-free meal day. That alone will save you up to $15 per month. Vegetarian and vegan food options are endless and delicious, so you might soon find yourself spending less and less on meat at the grocery store.
- Cook your lunches in advance. Rather than starving at lunch or suffering the same peanut putter sandwiches every day, make all of your lunches for the week on Sunday afternoon. There are a ton of bulk lunch recipes around the internet. Some suggestions: burritos, personal pizzas, crock pot meals, and stir-fry recipes are all easy to package for the week and store in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Make a menu and a shopping list. Most people jot down a few things they need and then choose other items at random at the grocery store. Instead, make a menu for the week and buy only what you need.
- Research frugal recipes. There are several books and websites devoted to frugal recipe ideas. How frugal? Some recipes are filling, nutritious, and cost as little as $1.00 per person to make.