A Practical Guide to Dealing with Home Sale Stress

If you’re a first-time seller, then you’re probably beginning to realize that every step of the home sale process has its own special set of stressors. Chances are, you’ve had your share of concerns already. Is your small yard a turn-off to buyers? Is your listing priced too high? Shouldn’t you have gotten an offer by now? If this sounds familiar, don’t worry. This kind of anxiety is completely normal. Take a deep breath and follow the advice below.home-sale-stress-1.jpg

Be Prepared:

You can’t prepare for everything in life, but in the case of a home sale getting your paperwork and home in order before listing will help the process go more smoothly. Use a checklist and work through it one item at a time without putting pressure or expectations on yourself. You’ll sleep easier knowing that working steadily toward a home sale without forgetting any important items.

Get professional help:

…from people in the real estate industry, that is. You’ve decided to sell your own house so you don’t have to pay a real estate agent commission, but there are other, less expensive real estate professionals that you can hire to help you through the process. Consider hiring an appraiser, a pre-sale home inspector or a transaction coordinator to help you through the different phases of the home-selling process and give you expert advice. They usually charge flat rates, and they can give you valuable information and reassurance to put your mind at ease so that you know you’re on the right track.


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Get organized:

Another stressful piece of the home-selling pie is keeping your house in shape for home showings. You can make this easier on yourself by doing the heavy home staging work (deep cleaning, de-cluttering, putting unnecessary items in storage) well in advance of the first showing, then creating a light and quick tidy-up routine you can run through before a showing. 

Get some perspective:

When you’re selling a home, it can feel like there are a lot of factors that are out of your control. After you’ve prepped your home for showings and published your listing, there is some waiting and watching involved. For action-oriented people, this is a recipe for anxiety and stress. Will worrying and stressing help you sell your home faster, though? No! That’s why you need to keep your good spirits and energy up during this time.

Take walks to get some head space and put thoughts of your home sale out of your mind for a bit. When you start to feel the pressure, remind yourself that you’ve done a great job preparing for sale – so it’s just a matter of time until the perfect buyer comes along.

Home sales don’t usually happen overnight, so hang in there. Be prepared, seek advice and information and if the anxiety gets to be too much, remember that selling your home is a process and cut yourself a little slack.


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