There’s no doubt that selling your home can create some serious stress in your life. After all, people don’t generally sell a home when they “get around to it,” they sell it for a specific reason. Perhaps you’re moving across the country, have already purchased another home and can’t afford two mortgage payments, or maybe you’re retiring and can’t wait to get busy relaxing and traveling the world. That means that the longer your house is on the market, the more stressed you will probably become. So we’ve gathered a few ways to ease the stress of selling your home. Read on, and relax.
1.) Have your paperwork in order ahead of time. Even if you do find someone willing to purchase your home, the paperwork could still take months to complete. Have a home inspection already completed by a licensed inspector and have your compromises already laid out. Say the home inspector found some roof damage, before waiting to see what a potential buyer might negotiate, have your terms already decided. That way once a negotiation is underway you can get back to them as soon as possible, speeding up the process.
2.) Have a real estate agent you can trust. Part of the stress of selling your home is the constant worry that your home isn’t being seen by the greatest number of potential buyers. The truth is, there are plenty of people looking to buy a home, but your home is not going to fit all of their criteria. A good real estate agent isn’t going to show your two bedroom duplex to a couple looking for a four bedroom house. So don’t worry about all the people that asking for a showing of your home; they aren’t the ones that would buy it anyway.
3.) Make sure it’s ready to show. That means make sure it’s completely cleaned and de-cluttered. Even if you are still living in your home, you don’t need everything to be out. Pack away anything you don’t need (all your knick-knacks and pictures of you and your family). Besides, people that walk through your home want to imagine themselves living there, not be constantly reminded of the people that currently live there. So think of your home like a small hotel. You don’t need to have all your kitchen appliances at your disposal, just like you don’t need to have everything in your bathroom ready at a moment’s notice.
4.) Know that you’ve done all you can. As long as you have your home listed with a knowledgeable real estate agent, is priced accurately and is always in showing condition, all you can really do is wait. Sure this may be nauseating just to think about, but try to keep your mind busy on other things. The right buyer will come your way, and when they do, the best thing you can do is be completely prepared; prepared to accept their offer and prepared to move out.