Mentally preparing to sell your home

Sometimes when you’re ready to move, you’re really ready to move. It might be that your three kids are far too big to share a single room or you just want to move closer to work and cut your commute in half. No matter the deciding factors, even when you know it's time to move it can be hard to let go entirely.

On some level, nearly everyone develops an emotional attachment to their home. It's where you watch your kids grow up, host holiday celebrations, dinners and parties, and design personal touches to make the space your own.

Familiarize yourself with the home-selling process

Negative emotions can often turn up when you step into the unknown, and that’s why it’s so important to do your homework and thoroughly understand the process of selling a home.

Make sure to sit down with your realtor and go over the appraisal, home-inspection process, strategies for effectively staging your home, what to expect during closing and more. It will be much easier to cope with the emotional challenges when you know what to expect.

Acknowledge that it will be an emotional rollercoaster

Think about the turmoil you felt during your first big heartache in Junior High. Selling your house may very well be like that, minus the dramatic diary entries and endless breakup songs.

And why shouldn’t it be? You've invested a lot of time, energy, money and emotion into your house. It's not just a building, it's your home and it’s a big part of who you are.

Remember, it’s perfectly natural to question your decision and feel anxious about selling.

Try to gain an objective perspective

Distancing yourself from the emotions you have for your home is hard, but it needs to be done. One way to maintain an objective viewpoint is to keep a sheet with all the reasons why you wanted to move on hand. Going back to these reasons can help ground you when you’re feeling anxious.

Another strategy is to remove personal items from your home. This is important for staging purposes and can help loosen some of those strong bonds and associations you’ve formed over the years.

It can be hard to paint over the tick marks where you measured your child’s growth over the years, but instead of dwelling on what you’re leaving behind, keep reminding yourself of the new possibilities you have to look forward to in your new home.

For more advice on how to get your home ready to sell, talk to a Coldwell Banker Hedges Realtor® today. No matter your situation, they know the market and can help you get top dollar for your home.

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