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People are naturally sentimental. At times, they find it difficult to let go of things that they are already accustomed to having. Stuffed teddy bears and childhood toys are as important as family member for some people. They are just trivial, yet they find it hard to let go of them. How much more if it’s their house — the only thing that became their sanctuary all their lives, that they’re about to be leaving for sale? It would feel really difficult, right? But, after realizing that at the end of the day, selling the house for better investment opportunities is a great decision, everything will pay off.

But, what does it take for a house to be really sold in a smoothest possible way? What are the dos and don’ts that every home seller should follow? In the previous article, we’ve talked about the things that you should do in up keeping your house subject for sale or for lease. And because we’ve discussed the things to do in the previous article, this article is focused on the things that you should NEVER do when selling your home. Below are four things YOU SHOULD NEVER DO:

Tip 1. Do not personalize your House

To prepare a house for sale, it is suggested to make the paint color and room decor, both from the exterior to the interior of the house, as general and as neutral as possible. In short, sellers need to “de-personalize” the home. Remember, it’s not going to be your home anymore. And potential buyers like to purchase properties that they can easily personalize and visualize to their preference.

Tip 2. Do not ignore Bad Smells and clutter

One of the most important things you can do when selling your house, aside from making the apparent fixes and updates to the home, is making sure the house smells and looks hygienic. Allocate budget in at least making the property as clean as it can be. Trust me, it makes difference.

Tip 3. Do not Get into Creepy Architecture

Understandably, this suggests that you must never put in complex architecture and style. Keep it as simple as possible. You want to appeal to the masses, right? If you go modern, go all the way through. If you want traditional, the same thing. And it’s pretty simple to follow.

Tip 4.Do not Over-price

Last but definitely not the least, you must not overprice. You must be cognizant in the very first place, that it’s you who needs the buyers more than need you. With that being said, if you’re not that estimates geek, at least consult to an architect friend or an engineer or accountant relative with the regards to your property’s market value.

These are just some of the things that you should remember prior to selling your home. It’s an emotional process, I must say. But let me tell you, it’s worth it. Make the most of it before somebody owns it.



In this day in age, the rental market has highly become competitive, that is why property managers are looking for ways to keep units fresh and modern-looking to entice prospective leaseholders. When you ask any property manager, they will say that the most significant step in successfully operating investment properties is to ensure that the properties are structurally sound.

And, in order for a landlord’s properties to be “rent ready,” these properties must also be well-maintained and clean on the surface. After inspecting and closing on the purchases, owner should prepare these properties by having the 11 steps below followed.

1. Have Everything Properly Documented

Make sure to have all renovations as well as completely documented, whether by owners themselves or its outside contractors. Time and money documentations will give proof to investors to have security deposits for tenant damages withheld. In addition to that, a “make ready checklist” should be compiled by these investment property owners to have their businesses keep organized when preparing properties to be rented.

2. Have the Locks changed

One important thing to consider here is the future tenant’s safety. Purchaser of the property is unaware of the former tenant’s criminal records. That’s why, before advertising the properties’ availability for renting, have all exterior locks switched out and set new garage door passwords. Consider everything that has to be changed.

3. Have the Vents Cleaned

Rid the units of those unnecessary build-up of grime on HVAC ducts and filters, as dirt tend to block the proper air flow. Air filters are cost-efficient, however, when it comes to sanitation, disposable filters are recommended. Moreover, it doesn’t require high maintenance over time.

4. Have Broken Hardware Fixed

Have any broken knobs, pulls and handles in the bathrooms and kitchens of any outdated units fixed. Broken or improperly fastened fixtures do not serve any purpose at all, and they make a unit look unkempt which might possibly discourage renters looking for new apartments. Have broken light switch plates fixed and assure that corresponding ceiling bulbs and lamps work just correctly. Consider switching to bulbs that are energy-efficient; they last long and lower your bills as well.

5. Have Appliances Examined

Make it to a point that dryers, washing machines, dishwashers, ovens and stoves are in working order. Have the temperatures on freezers and refrigerators monitored. Moreover, test ceiling fans and clean dust and debris from blades before showings.

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