For some reason, friends and family can be all too happy to share their negative house buying and selling stories. While they likely just want to talk about their experiences, it can sometimes make you think that your own property journey is going to be as drawn out or as stressful as theirs. However, it doesn’t have to be. There are many things you can do to make it a positive experience, such as the following.
Understand the Housing Market
Having a small amount of housing market knowledge may help you understand what houses in your area are currently selling for, the timeframes they are selling within, and other important information.
The most relevant housing data can be specific to your region or neighborhood, so look for guides covering your area. For example, if you lived in Augusta, you’d learn more about the specific Augusta housing market that may have a bearing on your own property.
The more you learn about properties in your area, the easier you may find it to make decisions about how you sell your home and where you buy next.
Choose a Stress-Free Sales Method
There are many different ways to sell your home, and not all of them are going to result in a stress-free, memorable selling experience. However, they do all have their advantages and disadvantages.
For example, selling through a real estate agent means you can gain access to a wide pool of potential buyers, but they can charge a lot of money for the privilege. Selling yourself sometimes allows you to save thousands of dollars, but you also have to spend a lot of time learning about the legal intricacies of selling your home privately.
Many people even decide to sell directly to cash buyers, as this sales method can also have advantages. You can sell quickly, sometimes in as little as a week, and you don’t have to pay any related costs like back taxes.
Weigh up the pros and cons of each option to see which one is going to make selling your home a more positive experience based on your unique needs.
Write a List
It can sometimes seem like there’s so much to do that you’ll never get through it all. Your mind may also be so overloaded that you’re experiencing sleepless nights and a great deal of unnecessary stress.
While it’s true that there can be a lot to do in the lead-up to a house sale, it doesn’t have to take over and impact your mental health. Get into the habit of writing lists, and you may find yourself being able to make sense of everything that lies ahead.
Form different lists for separate tasks, such as selling a house, buying a house, and moving house. Your ‘selling a house’ list may include jobs like fixing leaking taps and making final contact with a buyer, while your ‘buying a house’ list might consist of reminders to make phone calls and book specific services.
Even your ‘moving house’ list can be extensive, detailing things like phoning schools, changing your address on utilities, and enrolling in new vet clinics, dentists, and doctors. There’s no denying that your plate is full, but lists may help you feel like you have complete control over what comes next.
Surround Yourself With Supportive People
Having a support network can make all the difference to the significant life decision of selling your home and moving to a new one. The more people you have in your corner helping with the entire process, the more memorable it can be for the right reasons.
Fortunately, that can be pretty easy to do at each stage of the buying and selling process. For example, a professional buyer or real estate agent that you trust can be who you rely on to help with the selling process.
You can then rely on friends and family to be a listening ear and potentially even help with the moving process. It can be tempting to try to manage everything on your own, but you may be surprised at how positive the experience can be when you’ve got loved ones and professionals to rely on.
Hire a Moving Company
It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving 10 miles or 100 miles, a moving company can be one of the many services you call upon to make sure your selling experience goes as smoothly as possible.
While a moving company doesn’t directly relate to the selling process, they can almost eliminate your stress when you realize you don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting. Depending on which company you hire, you may also benefit from having them pack your possessions into boxes and organize everything.
Due to how quickly a house can sell, you may find that being able to rely on a moving company can free up your time so that you can focus on finalizing all the paperwork.
Take Plenty of Photos
Memories fade, and even if you have enjoyed a seamless and easy house selling experience, you may not always remember every detail in the years to come. Consider taking photos and creating an album that you can look back on.
Take photos of your home, the moving process, and even the moving truck packed with all your possessions. Pictures of the empty house are also something you may cherish. When you take photos and organize them into an album, you’re giving yourself something tangible that reminds you of an entire chapter of your life that came to an end.
Hire a Cleaning Company
If you’re selling your home through a real estate company, one of the sales conditions can sometimes be that the house has to be clean when you vacate. Moving day can be stressful enough without having to haul out a mop and bucket and scrub your home from top to bottom.
If cleaning is a term of your house sale, hiring a cleaning company may be one of the best decisions you make. They can visit your home once all your furniture is gone and leave it spotless for the new owners.
However, if you’ve sold your home privately to a professional buyer or by yourself in the market, you generally don’t need to worry about cleaning. As long as your personal possessions are gone, you can often lock up and leave without looking back.
Selling your home can indeed be memorable for all the wrong reasons, especially since it can be stressful and time-consuming. However, there are plenty of ways to change that. Any of these tips above might be how you make sure everyone in your family leaves their home for the final time with smiles on their faces.