Category Archives: Blogging

5 Tips for Sellers Who Need to Sell In a Post-COVID World

This year continues to be one for the history books, life still must go on. People have had to figure out how to deal with the pandemic and many businesses have had to change their business practices. For example, real estate agents have had to make changes regarding how they help clients buy and sell property.

If you’re in a position where you have to sell your home, here are a few tips to get your house sold as quickly as possible during this pandemic.

1. Virtual tours

Real estate agents have had to think on their toes so they can get out there to sell houses. One of these changes is that they’re stepping away from in-person showings and are relying on virtual tours and virtual open houses. The virtual tours reduce how many people walk through your home and the agent can record the tour and post it to the listing’s web page which potential buyer’s can view, too.

2. Cleanliness

A key aspect of selling your home is keeping it as clean and welcoming as possible so you can attract buyers. Go through your house and pick up any clutter. Sweep the cobwebs from the corners and reorganize your cabinets. You don’t have to scrub your house from top to bottom every day, but you should clean as you go and thoroughly clean the home whenever a potential buyer wants to see your property.

3. Repairs

You know that hole in the wall that you’ve been meaning to repair but haven’t yet? Now is the time to do it. Just like cleaning, you are going to want to make any repairs that you can. If you have larger tasks that are outside of your skill set, you may want to consider hiring a contractor or consider lowering the asking price to compensate for the repairs. Just ask your real estate agent for their opinion before taking action. 

4. PPE

When you finally get a buyer who is serious about making an offer on your house, they’re going to want to come and check it out in person. That means you are going to want to have personal protective equipment on hand. This includes gloves, disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and perhaps even shoe coverings. Even though the agent and the buyer may bring their own PPE, these small considerations will make a good impression on the client. 

5. Communication

All throughout this pandemic, real estate agents are staying informed about the pandemic, the restrictions and updates about the market. Your agent is going to be a great source of information and will keep you abreast of new developments. In order to get your home sold, your agent is going touch base with you to fill you in on what they learn. 

Yet, you cannot let your agent be the only one to keep in touch. You don’t have to call them every day, but send periodic emails or text messages to keep them up to date about various things. You should reach out to them whenever you make any big repairs so they can update the listing’s information. You should definitely reach out to them if you or someone in the household contracts the virus!

Although COVID-19 has up-ended life as we know it, real estate agents who have participated in HomeLight’s Q3 Survey, 99% of them say it’s a seller’s market. That means it’s only a matter of time before your house is sold! Follow these tips so you can stay prepared for when any potential buyers show real interest in your property!

The Dad Bros Show Records its 200th Episode

My pals Jon and Josh over at the Dad Bros Show podcast recorded their 200th show the other night and they graciously invited me to come on. They are a couple great dads and all around fun guys to chat with.

I also publicly revealed some exciting news about myself on the show for the first time, so go give a listen so you can be in the loop!

You can listen to their 200th episode by clicking here.

Mr 200. The Blogger Who Sold Out.

So this is my 200th post. That’s a lot of rambling on. Some posts have been funny, some touching, some terrible and a lot recently have been commercialized.  The sponsored posts and reviews have turned into a monster I didn’t foresee. Sure, getting free stuff and making money to do something I was already doing for fun anyway is nice. But at some point it’s started to go contrary to why I started my blog to begin with, and why people were somewhat drawn to it.

Continue reading Mr 200. The Blogger Who Sold Out.

Like Father Like Son

So much of what I know about being a man and father, I learned either directly or indirectly from my dad. I am very thankful for his positive influence in my life. I recently connected with a guy by the name of Bolaji Oyejide. He started up Brave Little Heroes which are superhero books about kids that help to teach a positive message.

Bolaji O wants to help parents, dads especially, be better at raising up their own little Brave Heroes. He recently launched a podcast called Bravepreneur Parents Academy where he has been interviewing entrepreneur fathers to have them share their wisdom. Continue reading Like Father Like Son

Sunshine Dad Turns One

Exactly one year ago today, I published my first blog post to the world. Of course, I hadn’t told anyone I was starting a blog yet so I think only 2 random people happened to read it that first day. I blogged in secret for a couple weeks before I made my big blog announcement to the world with The Scary Truth About Kids’ Clothes. That post is still to this day my most viewed post of all time.

This happens to be my 150th published post. So much has happened in those 150 posts. I decided to take my first blogiversary and look back at all that has happened in the first year. (I’m not really sure blogiversary is a term, but I’m just going to roll with it.) Continue reading Sunshine Dad Turns One

Sunshine Dad in the News

In the scheme of things I haven’t been blogging very long, just over 6 months but in that time I have learned a lot and I have seen the blog grow and gain some good momentum. I never could have imagined the support I would have from people all over the world reading my posts and commenting (and from people who choose to tell me face to face that they enjoy reading my posts). I wanted to share a few of my successes.

One of my favorite honors to date was recently being named one of the Top 7 Dad Bloggers to Follow in 2015 by The Dad Network.  I’m not sure if they were in any particular order but I was listed at #2. The Dad Network, which is out of the UK, has networked with 100s of other dad bloggers, so for them to pick me in a top 7 list was quite the honor. Continue reading Sunshine Dad in the News

Party Under the Big Top 15

Well, it’s that time again to get out your best posts from the week and link them up. We’ve also got a special themed link-up at the bottom where you can link up that one post that you wrote that you thought was lame but after you posted it, it turned out it did pretty well. I think we’ve all got those posts that wildly exceeded our expectations.

I hope you have a terrific week and I hope to see you here again next week. Take care. -Mike Continue reading Party Under the Big Top 15