10 Tips to Reduce Stress when Selling Your Home

    10 Tips to Reduce Stress when Selling Your Home

    Jan 07, 2019
    1. Start the process early - selling your home will require that you starting thinking as a "home seller" rather than a "homeowner." You'll need to realize that you are selling a product and that can be hard to understand when you have so many emotional ties to the product. The sooner you start thinking like a seller, your expectations will be more achievable. Do your research and contact me, or your Realtor of choice, in advance so you can work as a team to achieve your ultimate goal.
    2. Understand the true costs before your begin - selling your home will cost more than just my professional fee. There might be repairs that need to be made prior to listing or after an inspection takes place. There could also be attorney fees, wire fees & taxes. For more information regarding costs to prepare for, ask me for my Listing Packet to help you plan ahead.
    3. Fix the Small Things - Small things are the ones a buyer will easily catch and first impressions are crucial. Think like a buyer, if you were to walk in a home with a bunch of small issues, you'd probably be thinking what else is wrong with this home that I can't see. So go ahead and tighten that loose door knob, repair the leaking sink, professionally clean the carpets or replace them altogether. Those minor things can cost you a sale. 
    4. Go ahead and start packing - Let's state the obvious reason first. This will help kick start your move so it's not all being packed up at once and so close to closing date. Two, it also will wire your brain to think like a seller rather than homeowner (remember #1). But mainly, clutter and loud or outdated decor only distracts buyers from the great features your home has to offer. Can buyers still envision your home as their dream home. Yes, probably so. But you will appeal to more potential buyers if you remove the hurdles from the start. 
    5. Dress your home to impress - Am I suggesting a remodel? Absolutely not. What I am suggesting is to remove all the clutter from your countertops (another reason to start packing), replace the fun, themed paint colors with neutral tones, replace the outdated wallpaper, clean up the scuff marks on doors and walls, dust your baseboards,etc. But most importantly, make sure your front door is on point! Add a fresh cost of paint to it, make sure your porch is swept off, your front door mat is nice and clean and of course make sure your key and door are working properly! This is the first impression for all buyers so don't lose them before they even enter your home. 
    6. Price your home based on the market - First, here are the factors that do not impact your home's value; what you paid for it, what you'd like to net on this transaction, or what your friends and neighbors say your home is worth. Plain and simple, your home needs to be priced according to the comparables in your area, your home's condition and the current competition on the market. My job is to provide you with that data and guide you to make an informed decision on a listing price. 
    7. Focus on emotional energy on your next dream home - Obsessing over listing updates or feedback on your home is not going to sell it any faster. It is, however, going to drive you crazy. Yes, you should definitely monitor the process and listen to the feedback I, or your Realtor, provide from potential buyers but do not let yourself get wrapped up into it. So what they aren't a fan of the hardwood floors or they think the kitchen backsplash is busy. Instead, focus your emotional energy towards finding your next home. 
    8. Develop thick skin... and get out of the house - Do not be a seller who hangs around the house during a showing or Open House. This makes potential buyers feel uncomfortable and rushed. They are evaluating your home as a potential investment and your absence is beneficial to all. You benefit in not being offended disappointed, defensive or pushy. Your absence means you won't know if they stayed for 5 minutes or 50 minutes. You won't hear them criticizing every little thing. You will now be giving the buyers a chance to visualize their life in your home which is a great thing.   
    9. Be prepared for lowball offers - Any offer is a good offer as it shows interest in your home. This also gives me, or whoever your Realtor is, a chance to discuss the value of your home with this buyer's Realtor. Everyone wants a bargain and that might just be what those buyer's are trying to get. Play hard ball and negotiate, don't just say no yet. 
    10. Let your agent, do their job - Think of yourself as Greg Byrne, Athletic Director for University of Alabama, and I'm Nick Saban, University of Alabama Head Football Coach. You hired me for my expertise and knowledge of the game. Share your goals with me, work with me to build a game plan, and then trust me to get the job done. If you can get behind my strategy, have realistic expectations and focus your emotions on the home buying experience, then you can hopefully find joy in this process. 

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