“The art of selling one house is different than the science of repeating it flawlessly over and over.”- Chantel Ray
Selling a home to move is probably one of the most stressful events you would experience in your life. The logistics are not as straightforward, the market prices unpredictable and erratic and in a metaphorical sense, you have to pack a significant number of years into moving boxes. To top it all, you have to go through the lengthy process of finding a prospective buyer who would be amenable to your terms and your price. If you took all of that in, it would seem that selling a house requires not only conscious effort but your time, commitment and dedication as well. If you are preparing to put your home on the market, it would be understandable to feel a little stressed out and anxious—particularly if your are rather inexperienced and would have this as your first time.
However, know that although stress is an inevitable feeling throughout the moving and home selling process, it does not have to burn you out. There is a myriad of ways mitigate the anxiety and make the process smoother and easier—regardless of whether your property is a BGC condo or a townhouse elsewhere. Here are some tips to help you with the process:
1.) Be clear about your objectives
Selling a house requires a lot of open and honest communication between all persons involved. This includes your real estate agent, your family, and your friends. With this in mind, it is crucial that you some objectives as to you want to go about with the process. Determine the attainable selling price for your home by talking it over with your real estate agent and be clear with your family and friends about what would happen and what to expect during the process. Delegate tasks if you have to and help them make the move and selling process a little less stressful.
2.) Prepare a checklist
A checklist is a great tool for making sure you have covered everything that you do. At the beginning of the process, you would have a clear mind as to the things you want to accomplish and how you want to execute them. During the actual event, these can be easily forgotten or even neglected owing to your preoccupation. So, go ahead and make a checklist as to how you should prepare your home for the market. Include all the details whether big or small—from the tiniest repairs to the major renovation. Remember, you want to impress your potential buyers, so it is best if you presented them with your home in its best state.
3.) Be flexible
Although it would be great to have an approximate idea of how long it would take to sell your home, this is not always realistic. More often than not, it might take you longer than expected and as a result, you would become even more stressed out. Bear in mind that selling a home has a lot of different factors at play such as the market, location, and price to name a few. Rigidly expecting yourself to sell your home by a specific date would be setting yourself up for disappointment. Selling a house requires your patience, do not expect to sell it right away and manage your expectations. Stay flexible throughout the entire process and be patient.
4.) Start packing
Seeing as moving would be imminent, it is best if you started packing as early as you can. In this way, you would have a big head start. It does not matter whether your move is still months away as you can always begin packing those things you do not use every day. Furthermore, this is an excellent opportunity for you to declutter and get rid of things you are not going to need. Lastly, it will make your home much more presentable to your potential buyers.