Selling your home can be a time of emotional upheaval.
Here are five steps you can take to help stay focused on the sale.
1. Know the process
Speak to your agent about the process around the sale. The more you prepare and know what to expect, the easier it will be.
You may want to consider:
- To do lists
- Calendar with open home times and important dates
- Dedicated email folder for your sale-related correspondence
- Address book for important contacts
2. Understand data
Whether you’re obtaining appraisals or valuations, it’s worth seeing the data. If you can see how your home compares to others, you’ll quickly be able to determine whether the price you have asked for is reasonable.
Many home owners are not aware of the value of their homes, so take the time to understand the appraisal you are given.
3. Make decisions early
Regardless of whether you own alone or with other people, make your decisions early. Now you have an appraisal, know the lowest price that you would consider accepting.
You will also want to make decisions around your desired settlement periods and how quickly you need to sell. Consider scenarios such as what you would do if someone offered you your asking price on the first listing day.
4. Consider staging
Bringing in professionals to stage your home can be helpful to not only increase your home’s value but also shift your perspective away from considering it your own personal space. It will allow you to move your own items and memories away from the home itself.
If you are not going to stage your home, you could also consider boxing up your own personal items, leaving just what is necessary for the home to present well.
5. Search for your next home
One way to detach is to move on and there’s nothing that speeds up this process quite like hunting for a new nest. Speak to your agent and start browsing for your next home if you haven’t already begun your hunt.