From Grunt Work to Light Work

A Homeowner's Guide to Attracting Buyers

Non-Fiction - New Age
74 Pages
Reviewed on 05/02/2021
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Author Biography

Tamika M. Murray, better known as Mika, was born in the urban, seaside town of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Mika is a certified social worker, owner of Celestial Publishing LLC, freelance writer, and an award-winning author. She graduated from Stockton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. Since then, her writing has appeared in over 50 online publications through ghostwriting. Mika's helped over 300 children and adolescents during her career as an Adjunct English Instructor and Case Manager.

Mika recently appeared on the Career Journey Podcast and Vent Time with Connie Podcast.

She raises awareness about School-Based Youth Services Programs (Teen Centers) and why they are a necessity in all schools through her book Crying, Learning, and Laughing: Why Students Visit the Teen Center, released on September 1, 2020. She currently resides in Southern, New Jersey, with her boyfriend and three rambunctious kitties.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

Being a homeowner is set in different phases. You may be interested in purchasing a home due to a growing family or you may be looking to downsize and sell your home for various reasons but, despite your reason, the home must be attractive enough both aesthetically and financially for the buyer. What this does is put lots of pressure on the seller. In the book, From Grunt Work to Light Work: A Homeowner's Guide to Attracting Buyers by Tamika M. Murray, you're taken through eleven chapters of how to prepare your home to sell; from doing repairs and hiring an attorney and a realtor to the importance of a clean title. While these different tasks worked for this seller, which allowed her to sell her home within thirty days from listing, yet it took her years to get it buyer-ready. The author advises caution when using any of these tips and tricks from the book for preparing to sell your home. Be mindful that one size does not fit all.

I enjoyed From Grunt Work to Light Work because not only will you learn a lot about the process but you are asked specific questions to help you better understand the process, as well as space where you can write and map out the process. The author is there coaching you as you walk through each step. As you begin to answer the questions, you're better able to gauge what works and what doesn't for you in making your home attractive to the buyer. As the author states, research and referrals are your friends and the key to successfully working through this process. I enjoyed how the author implemented The Law of Attraction and the art of manifestation in acquiring the ideal buyer for the home. You'll be able to work through and write out your manifestation process as well. Highly recommended.

Jon Michael Miller

From Grunt Work to Light Work: A Homeowner's Guide to Attracting Buyers by Tamika M. Murry is a handy and intriguing methodology of selling one’s home. Murry was co-owner of a home with her mother, who sadly passed away, leaving the author to bear all the financial responsibilities of owning the home. Murray came up with an innovative sales approach which she divides into two phases, grunt work and light work. The first involves the standard making a plan, fixing broken things, sprucing up, paying one’s debts on the property, and finding the right realtor. Murry interjects interesting personal stories in each of these areas so that we don’t make the same mistakes. She explains what to do and what not to do and gives many helpful examples.

Then, in the light section, the book takes a really intriguing direction with what Tamika M. Murray calls “manifestations.” Here we enter a new realm, probably not often associated with home selling. As a reference, she mentions the film “The Secret” and searching the tag “manifesting” on YouTube. The categories she offers are 5x55, affirmations, visualizations, astrology, the St. Joseph figurine, and living as if the house is already sold. She offers helpful hints in these processes and provides space for doing the exercises. Finally, she expresses the relief and happiness she felt in successfully selling her house in less than a month. As a homeowner about to put my condo on the market, I enjoyed the sincerity and usefulness of From Grunt Work to Light Work by Tamika M. Murray, and fully intend to make use of Ms. Murray’s innovative ideas.

Cecelia Hopkins

From Grunt Work to Light Work by Tamika M. Murray is the author’s account of strategies that helped her achieve a satisfactory home sale. Part guide book, part workbook, the book has two main sections. The Introduction is a personal memoir and tribute to her mother with whom the author shared homeownership. Chapter one recommends information gathering and checklist compiling. The second chapter recommends completing essential, but not cosmetic, repairs. The third chapter discusses cleaning, reducing clutter, and the benefits of gardening. The fourth chapter advises clearing debts and legal barriers to a sale. The fifth chapter discusses real estate agents and other helpers. Part Two begins by discussing mental preparation for a sale and attracting a suitable buyer. Then worksheets are provided to assist the reader’s sale journaling. The final chapter gives concluding assurances, followed by references.

From Grunt Work to Light Work by Tamika M. Murray offers self-help tactics designed for the reader who is daunted by the task of selling a house. Tamika’s tone is respectful and empathetic towards the reader, with the overall intention of empowering each individual in their own circumstance. From Grunt Work to Light Work interested me because I have sold a house, and could confirm many of Tamika’s observations. I liked the fact that Tamika’s approach was realistic, and she did not pretend to give legal advice. Tamika’s point of view was particularly interesting because she began the account by recalling the time when she was as much a newcomer to the real estate industry as the average reader.