Selling your home can sometimes be an emotional venture. This video gives four tips to help you mentally and emotionally prepare yourself for the process.
- Remember that selling your home is a business transaction.
Keeping this in mind may help you not to take anything your agent or potential buyers say personally. Your agent will make home repair, staging, and prices suggestions based on researched data intended to help get you the best deal possible. Potential buyers will often provide feedback, but rarely with the intention of hurting your feelings. Just remember that they want to like the home, but in their decision making process, they may be hyper critical. As soon as you decide to sell your house, adopt the mindset that this is a business transaction and the house is an item for sale.
2. Be willing to make changes to the space.
As HGTV interior designer Abby Vasek says, “The way you live in a home and the way you sell a home are two different things. Changes may be necessary to make the home most appealing to buyers. When you sell a home, you want to box away nicknacks, family photos, and anything you do not have to use on a daily basis. Also, when people come visit the house, animals need to be crated or taken to a park.
3. Be ready to compromise.
I know, I know! You want as much money as possible for your home, and that’s what I want for you! You may have lived in and lovingly cared for the home for 15 years. I will do everything possibly to get you the best price, but realize that we rarely get exactly what we want in a sales transaction. Whether buying a car or selling a house, negotiations and compromises are necessary. Be ready and willing to try to come to an agreement that is satisfactory on both sides so that you do not lose out on selling your home for a really good price and terms because they are not exactly what you want.
4. Be patient with the process.
The honest truth is, very few home sales transactions are perfectly smooth. For example, inspections sometimes come back with surprises, even for the seller. Being prepared for set backs up front may help you stay calm and know that eventually everything will work out. Remember you are making changes for a reason, and in the end it will be worth it.