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Negotiate Buyer's Terms
No home is perfect, so as you work with the sellers to reach a buying agreement, try to include some possible needed improvements with your final offer; like replacing an old water heater, having the carpets professionally steam cleaned, or having the furnace/ac tuned at the sellers cost before closing. Sellers likely won't back down from a big offer because of a couple small requests, and it helps cross a couple items off your list before moving in.
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Plan Your Painting
If you're able to access the vacant home before moving in, this is the absolute best time to paint. If you can't paint until you move in, prioritize which rooms you want to paint first and make your life easier by keeping them as empty as possible. Want to make painting go faster? Check out these painting hacks from our field editors.