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Successful Home Selling Tips

Trying to sell your home is not an easy task under normal circumstances.

Trying to sell your home in this economy and in this real estate market is more difficult for many people.

Successful Home Selling TipsLots of people these days are finding themselves in the need to sell their home due to financial difficulties or trying to prevent financial difficulties by selling their home and downsize.

Whatever is the reason for you to sell your home the task won’t be easy unless your asking price is way below the value of your home.

Of course you want to get the best price for your home. You also know that right now is a buyers market and your home needs to stand out from the hundreds of homes listed in your neighborhood and surrounding areas.

There are some tips and secrets you can follow to SELL your HOME faster and for higher price.

Some of these tips to sell your home will require little bit of money, but most of these home selling tips will require time and good old fashioned elbow grease.

First thing the potential buyers see is the outside of your home. This first impression of their potential investment is very crucial.

For selling your home curb appeal is very import so follow these few tips to get a better change to receive an offer.

#1 Mow your lawn. Trim your trees and bushes to give the buyers clean and clear look at your house. Weed your flower beds.

#2 Clean-up your porches. Keep it simple and cheery. Put away all unnecessary clutter. Few pots with flowers and maybe a bench will do the trick. Hide your statues, gnomes and other knick knacks.

#3 Put a fresh coat of paint on your front door and polish or replace the hardware.

#4 Make sure all of your porch lights are working in case of night showing.

Successful Home Selling Tips

There is lots of little changes you can do on the inside as well to increase chances of selling your home faster and for higher price.

#1 Repaint the walls if needed. If your walls are white or bold colors it might be good idea and beneficial to paint them in neutral colors.

#2 Spruce up your kitchen with little bit of money. Just changing outdated hardware on your kitchen cabinets will help. Take it few steps further by replacing the kitchen faucet and painting the kitchen cabinets.

#3 Downsize. Pack away at least 25% of your furniture and decorations. Your home will instantly feel bigger and roomier. Keep the counters clear from clutter.

#4 Fix all the little things that don’t require much time, but are giving the wrong message to the buyers. Replace burned out or missing light bulbs or switch plates. Put up missing base boards. Fix or replace broken blinds.

#5 Spruce up your bathrooms by replacing your old shower curtain and bath mat. Place some fresh flowers and candles around the room.

Successful Home Selling Tips

#6 De-personalize your home. Put away your personal photos and mementos. Buyers like to see themselves in your home.

#7 Make sure there is no signs of animals living in the house. Put away all their dishes, toys, food and get the animals out of the house.

#8 Right before showing make the house smell inviting by putting a drop of Vanilla extract on a light bulb and turning the light on.

Does Your Company Need Reputation Insurance?

In today’s hyperactive, always-on-the-go digital-crazed world we live in… where one misplaced Tweet can undo a lifetime of brand equity, having a crisis management plan in place is imperative. But does it make sense to pay an added expense for proper reputation management?

Chartis, a division of AIG, recently launched a new insurance product that would cover the cost of crisis communications counsel for companies facing a public relations debacle. No stranger to bad press, it seems AIG now understands the importance of outside help during a crisis. AIG claims the policy would cover services rendered even before a crisis has hit the press. It requires policy holders to use one of two mega firms and surely charges mega premiums to match. While I’m doubtful reputation insurance is a worthwhile investment, planning ahead for a crisis that hasn’t happened yet and selecting the outside company or consultant you would work with in the event one did is a terrific idea.

Once a crisis hits, it is critical to respond immediately. If the window for responding to a crisis used to be hours, given today’s social media and 24-hour news environment, it now has to be minutes. And of course it’s even more critical to hit the right tone and take the proper steps out of the gate. Warren Buffet once said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and just five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

Ask any business executive if they think they need a crisis communications plan and the answer will probably be no, but a 2011 Crisis Preparedness survey conducted by Burs-ton and Mars-teller reveals that more than half of businesses decision makers have already experienced a company crisis. What does that tell you? Who would have thought that a fully vetted ad campaign by an innocuous company like Chapstick could lead to a public relations crisis, but that’s just what happened last October.

A common excuse for not being more proactive is “How can I prepare for something I can’t predict?” While it’s true you can’t anticipate every eventuality, there are some steps you can take to be as prepared as possible. These include:

Monitoring – It is critical to monitor the internet and social media sites to be the first to know of complaints, scandals, attacks or outright lies that could impact your company. Google Alerts and sites like social-mention are a start, but more sophisticated monitoring tools may be worth the investment and should at least be researched and considered in case of a crisis.

And be sure to read my co-worker Mike Midure’s post on brand monitoring and also his post on crisis management. They’re part of a terrific series of posts Mike put together on social media marketing analytics.

Scenario Planning – Not only does planning for how your company would react given a specific and plausible scenario help your preparedness for a crisis, it can also help you identify risks you haven’t considered.

Identify Your Team – Decide who will be on your crisis communications team and who your spokesperson will be. It is critical to choose the right spokesperson and make sure that person has media training with a professional.

Checklist – Create a checklist of your important audiences and how you will communicate with them. Be sure that your staff is at the top of that list since they can be your best ambassadors. If you don’t already have a service for disseminating mass e-mails, research them and identify the one you will use if necessary.

Find An Expert – Unless you have a seasoned crisis communications expert in-house, you should research and identify the consultant or agency you will work with in case of a crisis. Ideally, you should work with them on some of these advance planning initiatives so they are not coming into your company cold.

Unfortunately, chances are pretty good your business will experience a crisis. Consider the words of Dwight D. Eisenhower: “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”

List of Hotels in Palawan, Philippines

List of Hotels in Palawan, PhilippinesPalawan is a nature lovers’ paradise. Biodiversity on this island in the Philippines is dense, with over 230 species of animals. Palawan has also been designated a biosphere reserve. Jacques Cousteau, the French underwater expert, dived for years here and considered the area as rich as any he encountered. In 2009, Palawan is a top tourist destination and hosts excellent facilities for tourists of all types. Visitors will find a wide variety of suitable lodging options regardless of budgetary constraints.

Lagen Island Resort

Located in northwestern Palawan, the Lagen Island resort is one of the more posh offerings on the island. The resort sits in a secluded cove surrounded by dense tropical forest and is walled in by massive limestone formations. The beach here is typical of the entire island, and it is astoundingly beautiful. Visitors will find it a natural draw, and many of the resort activities, of course, start here. In addition, the resort’s guest activities coordinator will assist with locating the nearest comfortable hammock to renting kayaks for exploring the bay. Snorkeling is excellent here, as is bird watching while hiking on the Lagen trail. There are 51 rooms for rent in four different categories: stilt cottages that hover over the water on both sides of the cove, beachfront cottages, forest rooms and forest suites. Rooms are furnished with much antique character and are very clean. Meals are largely served outdoors in the starlight in front of the bay.

Lagen Island Resort
Ten Knots Development Corporation
18th Floor 8747
Paseo de Roxas Street, Salcedo Village,
1226 Makati City, Philippines
011 (+6348) 894-5644

List of Hotels in Palawan, PhilippinesDos Palmas Island Resort

The Dos Palmas Island Resort is located in the central eastern portion of Palawan Island and northwest of the capital, Porto Princesa. Sitting on a private island, Dos Palmas caters to those who need a little pampering by offering an excellent spa and restful surroundings. Guests have the choice of staying in the gardens or above the ocean in cottages perched on stilts. Other features include a large number of recreational activities, such as billiards, darts, beach volleyball, bicycling, fish feeding, videoke and, of course, the excellent scuba sites found all around the island. The resort also offers a large restaurant that provides buffet-style meals and a comfortable lounge area and, on weekends, dinner on the sand under the stars.

Dos Palmas Island Resort
89 Lacao St., Puerto Princesa City
Palawan 5300, Philippines
011 (+6348) 434-3118

List of Hotels in Palawan, PhilippinesD’ Lucky Garden Inn

For something a little closer to town and more affordable, the D’ Lucky Garden Inn is a good choice. Located in Puerto Princesa City, the inn is a guesthouse in a traditional setting. Rooms are kept clean and are simply furnished without being shabby. Though offering few of the amenities of the major island resorts mentioned above, D’ Lucky Garden Inn makes up for this with its courteous, efficient staff. The staff will also gladly help travelers book any tours that they might be interested in, as well as offer suggestions for nice restaurants in the area.

D’ Lucky Garden Inn
Rizal Ave. and Bancao Bancao
Puerto Princesa City
Palawan 5300, Philippines
011 (+6348) 433-6576

Is Customer Perception Of Your Brand Curbed By Low Price?

Does Megabus demonstrate why operating your brand solely on a low-price-focused approach puts you at risk?

For those of us on the Eastern Seaboard, the cheapest way to get from one city to another is usually one of the low-cost curbside bus services that take passengers to a number of different places throughout the US and Canada. It’s an inexpensive way to get from Point A to Point B, but you often get what you pay for, with less-than-timely service and a reputation tied much more closely with price than safety.

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On August 2nd, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, the online arm of lovably pretentious McSweeney’s publishing company, posted a satirical listicle called “Questions from a Helpless Megabus Passenger.” It began with, “Why is the bus 30 minutes late?” moved through, “why are we pulling over somewhere in the middle of Maryland?” and ended with “Can I afford Amtrak?” [The above quotations are all approximate, since the article was pulled the day after it appeared, following news of a Megabus crash.]

While attempting humorous exaggeration, it was eerily close to reality. Many people who’ve taken one of these buses have had to wait for ages to board, or arrived at their destination several hours late, or with no bus personnel willing to answer questions, gotten on the wrong bus and ended up in a completely different city than the one to which they had intended to travel – one friend of mine had his trip interrupted by the bus’ door falling off.

The point here is that customers can speak for themselves. Focusing on price over customer comfort and safety means that people may try once, but quickly become disenchanted and only return to your brand if no other options are available: have a look at Yelp reviews of Megabus for over 400 unvarnished customer opinions on the “absolute chaos” of boarding procedure, the rash of en-route thefts by bus passengers, and the difficulty of trying to contact customer service with a question or complaint. To their credit, on Facebook and Twitter, Megabus responds directly to customer concerns, but it is hard to tell whether issues get fully resolved.

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If your brand is operating solely on a low-price-focused approach, you are precariously balancing on one strategic leg. Brand planning requires a stable platform that will endure for the long term. So far, it seems that low-cost bus brands still find plenty of riders, but I’m betting that over time more potential passengers will reconsider how they travel, and bolstering quality controls, training programs, and the breadth of customer service could protect the bottom line in the future.

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