When you decide to sell your Windsor real estate, chances are, you will experience a wide range of emotions. Many of those may even occur on the same day! Selling a home can be a mixture of happiness, sadness and everything else all rolled up into one. There is no doubt that it can be an emotional roller coaster. One of the first things I do when I meet with a client, is to find out why they are selling. Perhaps they are trading up, or downsizing. Maybe they are struggling financially and need to unload the property. Regardless, the majority of sellers, at the end, feel relief when a home is sold, because it allows them to go on to the next step in their lives. But there is no doubt that in the past several years, homeowners have had to sell their homes not by choice, but because of financial circumstances. When this happens, sellers can find it is not only painful, but a grieving process as well.
Ways To East The Emotional Distress:
Selling a home that is full of memories can be difficult. Now is the time to go through every room and decide what you want to keep, what you want to give away and what you want to throw away or sell. There are several organizations that would benefit from what you no longer need. Give your old books to a public library, clothes and jackets to a non-profit organization, old furniture to a family in need. Give personal items you don’t want to take to your new home to family or friends that you think might enjoy them. One client gathered all of her old photos, and years of her child’s artwork and made large scrapbooks for her daughter. It was a cherished gift and so much better than leaving these wonderful keepsakes in boxes. Other clients have made small fortunes with yard sales. Again, look at it as a win-win situation.
Declutter And Stage:
I advise all of my clients to declutter as much as possible so buyers can see what a home really looks like, and not your lifestyle. If there is too much of your personality in a home, then buyers get distracted. Also, it’s easier emotionally to sell a home where the majority of your personal belongings are already packed away. Clients tell me that living in a home that is staged to sell, often eases the melancholy of the situation.
So, make sure you do the following when getting your home ready to sell:
Remove pictures, family mementos and knickknacks
Remove oversized furniture to make rooms look larger
Clear kitchen countertops of all small appliances
Create “curb appeal” for that valuable first impression
Don’t forget small repairs, window washing, a good cleaning and touch up painting
Selling Your Home Creates Disruption:
Once your home has been decluttered, you may think you are living in a hotel since fewer of your things are out and your day-to-day routine is unpredictable. This sometimes makes it emotionally easier for a seller as they are not looking at all of their memories, but rather a house that is geared toward a wide variety of buyers. Of course, showings can occur at any time and are often last-minute. Some sellers feel that they don’t really live in their home during this time because they are always preparing for the next showing, whenever that might be. Cleaning, keeping up with the landscaping, doing laundry and getting out of the house when that phone call arrives that a buyer wants to see your home can be disruptive of course. But again, as I tell all of my clients who are struggling with their move, once a home sells, a new life can begin.
It is important for sellers to find a real estate agent that is sensitive and understands that this is an emotional time to sell a home. For many homeowners, life has not been easy the past several years, and selling a home is usually the very last step in a long, difficult period. You want an agent that is available to answer your questions and that can help ease the burden so that it’s as painless as possible. To sell as quickly, hire a full-time, professional agent that is at the top in terms of sales. Make sure they have an active social media presence so your home gets as much advertising as possible. Finally, make sure your property is priced right from the beginning.
As I mentioned above, moving can be a trying and emotional experience. But keep in mind that a whole new life awaits once your home is sold!