Negotiation Tips for Buying a Home

If you’re in the process of buying a home, you know how important the price is. The cost of a property is one of the main influences on whether or not you are able to buy it. Luckily, the listed price is far from the final price. In fact, you can lower the price considerably, by using a few negotiation tips.

Take your time

In almost every case, the party that has more time gets a better deal. Try not to be in a rush to close on the property. Make sure you don’t have any deadlines. If you do, the seller will use it against you. If you find out that the seller has their own deadline, don’t be afraid to take your time. As they become more eager to sell the property, the price will come down.

Always ask for something in return

Don’t make any concessions without asking for something in return. It doesn’t make sense to let a chance to gain more from the deal pass you by, and giving an opponent something for nothing can create a sense that they deserve free things from you. This definitely isn’t a position you want to be in.

Listen

Many people negotiate by talking about what they want as much as possible. In reality, this is the opposite of what you should do. Give the seller plenty of time to tell you what they want. Whenever you listen, you gain knowledge, and knowledge is the best tool you can have when it comes to negotiation.

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DIY Tips For New Homeowners: How to Keep Your Carpets Looking New For Years

Whether it’s unsightly marks from everyday foot traffic or an accidental spill, keeping the carpets clean in your new home can feel like a never-ending battle. Luckily, following a few DIY tips can turn what may feel like a losing battle into a winning one. Listed below are 4 must-do carpet cleaning tasks every new homeowner should follow.

Vacuum Often

Dirt and debris left on your carpeting for a prolonged amount of time doesn’t only cause your carpeting to appear dingy, but it also accelerates its aging process. As the dirt gets pushed further into your carpeting, its abrasive quality can slowly ruin the backing of your rug. Unfortunately, that will ultimately lead to a quickened aging rate. Vacuuming your carpets at least once a week can keep them looking fresh and new.

Cleaning Up Spills

How you clean a spill will determine whether or not it leaves a lasting mark. The sooner you begin to blot the area with a clean white cloth the better chance you have at completely eliminating the stain. Ignoring the spill, even for a short time, makes the clean up process much harder and less likely to work. Before applying a cleaning solution to your carpeting, be sure to test it on a small unseen area to safeguard against a discoloration mishap.

Get Rid of Snags

Small snags in your carpeting are inevitable, especially when you have pets. If you do spot an unsightly snag, remember never try to pull it up with your fingers, doing so will only aggravate the problem. Instead, grab a pair of scissors and cut the tiny tear at its base, which should stop it from worsening.

Deep Cleaning

Nothing will breathe life back into your carpeting like a good old deep cleaning. Whether you rent a carpet cleaner or hire a cleaning service, a thorough steam cleaning every six months will ensure your floors remain immaculate through the years.

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