Selling your home is a major transition in your life. You have history there. You’ve made memories. You have raised your kids and have started to plan for another chapter in your life. Reducing stress when selling a home is possible though, whether you have owned it for 10 months or 10 years.
The Money Aspect
Have a figure in mind that you hope to get from the sale of your home, but don’t be afraid to be flexible. Keep an open mind about the types of financing you will accept depending on what your finances will allow. Many companies can offer a cash deal which will take a lot of stress out of the situation. The upside is you will have cash in hand without the back and forth that are part of most conventional sales. A potential downside is that you will not have the bargaining power, as you will most likely be offered a flat cash price.
Choose an Agent on Your Wavelength
Make sure the real estate agent you choose to work with has the same goals for you that you want for yourself when it comes to selling your home. Be sure they can see the human aspect and stressors of the process, not only selling a piece of property for the highest price. You are putting your trust in them and allowing them to handle many hundreds of thousands of dollars on your behalf. Choosing an agent is not something to take lightly.
Guidelines for Showing
Having strangers in and out of your home can be disconcerting and inconvenient. Talk to your Realtor about specific hours that you are willing to have your home shown that would not disrupt your family too much. Discuss if you will want to be home when potential buyers are looking, or if you will plan to be away for a set period of time.
An open house could be beneficial as far as getting multiple potential buyers to see your home over the course of a weekend or certain days of the week. This does have the drawback of so many people in your space and many of those tend to be just looking. A common way to avoid that is for your agent to schedule video tours of your home. This is convenient for the potential buyer as well as you, the seller.
Best Time to Sell
Check with your Realtor about the optimal time to put your house on the market. Look at other home sales in your neighborhood and how the housing market has fluctuated over the last few years and which seasons have been more productive. History could give some insight as far as types of homes that have been in demand in your area as well as what sales have been.
Avoiding stress when selling a home might not come easy, but it is possible. Focus on your goal. Remember that once your home sells, you will be able to embark on a new adventure in your new home, a home where your family will be able to start building new memories.