You’re bound to experience a number of emotions during your home selling journey. From the anxiety and stress of getting your home ready for viewings, to the sadness of leaving a place that holds so many memories, mixed feelings are very common during the home sale process. For many, a home sale also coincides with many major life turning points: job transitions, household changes, and major shifts in your financial situation.
Whatever you’re experiencing is likely to be very specific to you and your situation. And what complicates your ability to process your emotions is all the logistical factors that go into a home sale—the paperwork, the repair coordination, and the financial considerations.
Hopes and fears abound during this stressful time. Before you sell your home, review this list of strategies and resources to help you cope and minimize the stress along the way.
1. Sell only when you’re ready
Homeowners who begin the sale process before they are emotionally ready can end up sabotaging their efforts. Think things through. Are you ready to move? Have you talked with a real estate professional about your goals? Only when you have fully decided definitively and conclusively that you will be selling your home, should you put it on the market.
You don’t need to handle everything yourself. When you have an experienced real estate agent in your corner, they can take care of all the stressful logistics while you focus on what you can look forward to—your future in a new home. At Park Group Real Estate, we’re experts on all the ins and outs of real estate in the Inland Empire. Let us handle everything from your home’s staging, photography, listing, and logistical details.
3. Don’t try to resist what you’re feeling
There are certain situations that can arise in a sale, such as a potential buyer choosing another house or your property appraising for less than expected. These experiences can be very stressful, and it’s important to understand these circumstances are neither permanent nor personal. The more you are aware of what is going on with your feelings and emotions, the more choice you will have about how to respond. Feel free to talk about your feelings with your real estate agent. They’ve been through it all and can assure you that anything you’re experiencing is something that dozens of other home sellers have felt as well. You’re not alone—trust your team to have your back every step of the way.
4. Identify and communicate the one or two things that are really important
Be clear about what's important to you in the home selling process. Can you identify one or two things that are really important to you? For example: maybe getting a specific return on your investment is the most important thing, or perhaps keeping the process simple and efficient is your priority. Whatever your priorities are, communicate that to your agent. A great way to be objective about your home sale is to understand what’s important to you in the home selling process, and then remain open-minded and flexible about anything that’s a lower priority.
5. Don’t attend your own open house
You might like to be present during an open house, but this isn’t generally a good idea. When the seller is in the home during the open house, it makes the buyers less at ease, and it’s important for your real estate agent to get honest feedback from those viewing the home so they can adapt their strategy. Also, some might feel defensive when hearing potential buyers make comments about your house.
6. Don’t take visitor comments to heart
Some home sellers are very sensitive to remarks made by potential buyers. They can be hurt and offended by feedback given during a showing. Remember that not every remark your agent receives about your home from visitors will be positive. It is important not to take these negative statements personally. Instead, take an objective look and make the changes necessary to turn them around. Should your guests find their concerns addressed, they could wind up putting in an offer!
7. Embrace patience
The process of finding a buyer, getting them through the home buying process, and pricing at the right level can be time-consuming. When moving, emotions like frustration, worry, and nervousness can surface. This is very common and to be expected. Keep in mind that there are many factors influencing the time it takes and many of these factors are outside anyone’s control. Plan for things to take at least twice as long as you might hope.
Want to talk with a professional before deciding to take the plunge?
We understand that selling your home is a big decision, which is why we make it easy for you by providing top-notch service throughout the process—that includes being available to answer any questions you have right now. Once you’re ready to list, our team of experts will take care of everything from making sure your house looks its best to marketing it in the right way so that you have the best chance of getting the highest return on your investment. Reach out to us anytime!
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