Home For Sale, home sellers, Home Stager, Home Vibes

How To Prepare Your Home For The Spring Market

Staging a Home

Selling Your Home in the Spring Means Preparing Your Home in the Winter For sellers, it’s important to start getting your home ready long before the snow is gone and the first flower blooms.

Interview Real Estate Agents

One of the most important thing to do when selling your home is to find a great agent to represent you. If you don’t have one already, then get recommendations from friends and interview different agents to find one who will be the best fit for you. A good listing agent should have a great marketing plan, experience, and deep knowledge of the area and market.

Begin Packing and Organizing Your Belongings

There’s no way to know for sure how long it will take for your home to sell – it could take a month, or years – and while it may seem crazy to start packing up your stuff before a sale occurs, it’s best to be prepared for any outcome.

Clear the Clutter

Prospective buyers are going to want to step into your home and see a place they can visualize living in and making their own. The best way to do that is to create a blank slate. Keep it neat, keep it clean, reduce the amount of clutter you have on shelves and surfaces, and depersonalize as much as you can. The idea is to showcase your home without distracting from it, you want to showcase the focal points and function of each room of the home.

Make Repairs and Improvements

The last thing anyone wants to do before they sell their home is to dump a bunch of money into it for an extensive renovation; however, there are minor repairs and improvements that can be made to make a home look fresher for potential buyers.

  • Freshen Up Paint, Front Door and Hardware

Applying a coat of paint to walls and trim, or even touching up certain areas, can make a world of difference in the appearance of your home. It’s also a good idea to spruce up your front door, since that’s the first thing a buyer will see when they walk in.

  •  Let the Light in

Buyers want homes to be light and bright, so replace your light bulbs or even add a lamp or two to lighten it up. Also, when your home is being shown make sure all the lights are on and the blinds are open.

  • Focus on Bathrooms and Kitchen

The bathrooms and kitchen tend to be a focal point in the homes, and buyers pay attention to whether or not they’ve been updated. Doing little things like re-grouting the tile on the bathroom floor, or caulking the shower and bathtub, can give a used bathroom a fresher look – even new faucets can make a difference.

  •  Spruce up the Curb Appeal

You want to impress potential buyers as soon as they step onto the property or take a drive by, which means making the outside of your home look as appealing as possible.  Make the extra effort to rake leaves, weed the garden, and mow the lawn. Clean and put out your outdoor furniture, and even consider adding some colorful plants to the front of the house.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Business Owner, determination, Keeping Faith, women business owners

Motivational Monday

MCJW_Handbook_767px C.J. Walker – America’s First African American Millionaire

I love her Handbook – HAPPINESS and SUCCESS this was written by a black woman in the 1900s when there was not a lot to be happy and feel successful about. I loved that she used her face for marketing her hair products, not someone else’s face – she had a very strong message of who this product was for – no questioning.

The Take Away: Know Your Customer

“Tenacity and perseverance, faith in herself and in God, quality products and “honest business dealings” were the elements and strategies she prescribed for aspiring entrepreneurs who requested the secret to her rags-to-riches ascent. “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success,” she once commented. “And if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.”

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Blessed, Music of the Soul, Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning Music

If you’re ready – come go with me

If you’re ready for some kindness – no judgement – pure honesty – much empathy – Peace and harmony all between the races – “No economical exploitation No political domination” . . . What brilliant lyrics.

Then, you will be ready!

Today, go out there in your world and do ONE kind thing for someone, do something for someone that cannot repay you  – but you can watch that ONE thing have a forward motion to a place you never could imagine for yourself. I know this works, I did it myself a few years ago. During this past summer I got to hear and see what my ONE thing of kindness did for someone . . . That was the biggest payday I had ever received in my life No Cash or Check involved!

  • Turn up your Speakers – Get some ‘church’ going on in your house

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Holistic Help, Intentions, Mind Set, Uncategorized

You’re Worth it Wednesday!

Take some time today to reflect on how awesome you are and all you do!

We forget to do this so often – we Pray for others and forget to Pray for ourselves and thank your God or Goddess for all you have. I reflected on this morning about having ENOUGH. I have enough – to live my life, to make me happy, to make others happy – I have enough . . . and I am ENOUGH.

Let me know in the comments if you get hooked on this music from White Sun like I have!

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Having a Dream, Mind Set, Motivational, women business owners

Motivational Monday

 

This is the year you are going change your fucking story!

Stop telling people the same damn story about yourself you have been telling for years.

Hello, that was me – I would tell people about my abusive-drunk stepfather and use him as a certain *footnote in my life. I would screw up somewhere along my path of life and tell people – Oh, I did that? You must have missed my little *footnote of how I grew up with a drunk abusive man in the house – you know that same old excuse you use as a crutch. What I didn’t realize, I was giving him the spotlight that he did not earn or deserved . . . instead of Me!

One day, I got sick and tired of listening to that same freakin story I told. It never made me feel good telling the story (never all of the story). One day listening to Madonna on the radio – I decided to change my story, I told myself “Cheryl, your headline from now on is going to be I MADE IT THROUGH THE WILDERNESS” I survived, that is much better story to tell.

Make this your year – Let’s make this our year!

Holistic Organizing, Home Concierge, Unique Service

Fast Five Fridays

healthy lifestyle starts at home

For the next 6 Fridays – I will be sharing with you the various service packages I have created – once you see a solution-package that would be a great fit for your lifestyle and budget contact me for a free consultation. Below is my #1 solution-package:

LET’S START WITH A PLAN PACKAGE – 

Together we will analyze your place and leave you with a plan to reclaim your space, this can be done in 1 hour – with Cheryl / Senior Organizer

So you’ve got some organizational talent yourself,  you just need a little help getting started and staying on track – CCHC got you covered! With this solution-package plan, I’ll meet with you at your place and together we’ll create a plan to help you get your own space organized the way you vision it and create systems and plans to help it stay that way!

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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Business Owner, time management, women business owners

8 Tips for Time Management Tuesday

Image result for time images “How did it get so late so soon” 

Time is precious, especially when it comes to running your own small business. Yet there are never more than 24 hours in a day. Some entrepreneurs respond to this fact of life with focus and purpose. Others freak out!

Are you the type to freak out? You don’t have to be. With the right plan of attack, you can work efficiently, productively, and relatively stress-free.

Here are eight tips for effectively managing your time:

1. Know your goals.

Make sure you’re engaging in activities that support your short and long term business goals. Everything else has the ability to be time-waster. Your daily plan should revolve around working on tasks and activities that directly relate to generating income and growing your business.

2. Prioritize wisely.

Stephen Covey, co-author of First Things First, offers an organizational tool for your to-do list based on how important and urgent tasks are:

  • Important and urgent — Tasks that must be done. Do them right away.
  • Important but not urgent — Tasks that appear important, but upon closer examination aren’t. Decide when to do them.
  • Urgent but not important — Tasks that make the most commotion but when accomplished, have little or no lasting value. Delegate these if possible.
  • Not urgent and not important — Tasks that are low-priority stuff that offer the illusion of ‘just looking busy” Do them later.

Write down your three or four important and urgent tasks that must be addressed today. As you complete each one, check it off your list. This will provide you with a sense of accomplishment and can motivate you to tackle less essential items.

3. Just say no.

You’re the boss – Just say no! If you have to decline a request in order to attend to what’s truly important and urgent, do not hesitate to do so. The same goes for any projects or activities that you’ve decided are headed nowhere: Be prepared to move on to more productive tasks.

4. Plan ahead

One of the worst things you can do is jump into the workday with no clear idea about what needs to get done. The time you spend thinking ahead and planning your activities is unimportant compared with the time you’ll lose jumping from one thing to the next with rarely completing anything. Try these options:

  • The night before — At the end of the day, take 15 minutes to clear your desk and put together a list of the next day’s most pressing tasks. It’s a great stress release technique, and you’ll feel better sitting down at a clean desk in the morning.
  • First thing in the morning — Arrive a few minutes early and assemble your prioritized to-do list. This may prove to be the most productive part of your day.

5. Eliminate distractions.

Start paying attention to the number of times someone interrupts you when you’re in the middle of an important task. Track self-induced interruptions, too, particularly those of the social media variety. Your smartphone is extremely useful, but it’s also addictive and among the most sneaky time-wasters known to mankind. It may take an exercise in will power, but shut the door and turn off your phone to maximize your time. Make sure you plan a break in the day to catch up on email, call people back, talk with staff.

6. Delegate more often.

If you’ve done your job of hiring talented, dedicated employees, there’s always more work that could be delegated to staff leaving less on your desk. Running a successful small business depends upon the owner’s ability to think about what lies ahead and not get lost in day-to-day operations.

7. Watch what you spend.

How many productive minutes are you packing in each week? Use a simple time sheet log to quickly and easily clock in and out of various tasks or projects throughout the day. Then generate real-time report to see exactly where you’re spending your most valuable “prime time” — and where it’s being wasted.

8. Take care of yourself.

Be sure to get plenty of sleep, exercise and drink plenty of water. An alert mind is a high-functioning mind and one that’s less tolerant of time-wasting activities.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

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