8 Ways to Curb Stress When Selling a Home
Let’s face it: Moving can be an overwhelming process. However, there are ways to curb stress throughout the process. Regardless of the chaos, there are many techniques to consider to make this process as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. We’re here to help give you some ideas on how to combat stress from preparing for common frustrations to remembering to live a work life balance. Try out these strategies to turn this significant life event into an exciting and memorable one as stress-free as possibleMoving can be an overwhelming process:
Take time to choose the right agent.
Hire an agent that is capable of handling the market as well as your expectations. A realtor has the knowledge and experience to get you to the closing table as quickly as possible with as few setbacks as possible. For more tips on what to consider when hiring an agent, here are our top 10 things to look for when finding a realtor.
Don’t Stress Your Choice
Once you make your decision, trust your choice. You hired this specific agent for a reason, and they are here to make your life a lot easier. Accept that part of this process is in their hands, and you are their number one priority. A significant amount of stress during this process stems from the lack of control from the seller. Don’t be afraid to speak up, ask questions and stay in the loop. Your agent is there for you!
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
The home-selling process is one of the most life changing events a person can go through. Through the process, multiple complications are bound to arise. Knowing this, it is important to focus energy on fixing the big things and not overthinking the small ones. Selling your home is also one of the most exciting life events. You have the opportunity to start new and move into a new chapter of life. Don’t overthink it and remain positive. Water pipes will break and offers will change, but don’t sweat the small stuff. It will all be worth it when you get to the closing table!
Stay in constant communication.
Don’t let your communication go astray. Not only must you communicate with your agent and the buyers, but you must also be sure to communicate with those in your life. Whether it be your kids, spouse or your home inspector. Your support system is there for a reason! Utilize them, ask questions and remember to allocate time for other things besides just selling your home.
Get (and stay) in the right mental mindset.
Selling your home is a marathon not a sprint. This is not a process to be rushed, and it is important to remain calm when things may not go as planned. Sometimes you just need to take a few deep breaths. Just because you are selling a home doesn’t mean you have to stop living your life. Be sure to carve out at least 30 minutes a day to yourself in order to organize your thoughts. It is important to continue maintaining a healthy lifestyle while in this process. Stay active and spend time outside each day to help clear your mind.
Preparation is key.
Don’t start the process until you feel well suited to take on all the responsibilities paired with it. Be prepared for all of the many pitfalls that are possible at any given moment during the selling process. Knowing these tricks ahead of time will help in alleviating some of the stress of selling, and will also better equip you to handle these stressful situations when they occurs. Prepare a list of what all you expect as the seller, but also what you expect out of the other parties involved. Keep dialogue open with your realtor and let them help walk you throughout the process.
You are not your home: Don’t take things too personally.
The home-selling process can be an emotional roller-coaster. Maybe the offers you’re getting are not satisfactory, or maybe you’re not getting any offers at all. These things are all very common in the real estate world, and they most definitely don’t define the worth of your home. Aim for patience and try not to take things too personally.
Listen to the market.
Naturally, seller’s are prideful of their home. However, sometimes this pride causes the home to come with a heavy price tag, which will in turn lower your offers. Strive to listen to the market and your realtor’s advice about the worth of your home. Price your home right, and you’ll be surprised at the amount of offers you see roll in. Overpricing your home is always a lose-lose situation.
If your home has any potential improvements to be made, don’t think twice. There is a high chance buyers will request various changes, so why not get these projects taken care of before being listed? They will become just one less thing you’ll have to worry about while you’re on the market.
During the whirlwind of selling a home, some of these tactics will be easier said than done, but rest assured if you put these tactics into play, your stress levels will decrease and you’ll be well on your way to an enjoyable home selling experience.