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February
11

Home Seller's Anxiety-Margaret Rudd & Associates

No matter how prepared you are, selling your home can create an emotional whirlwind. There's the excitement of getting your home in amazing shape, the relief of finally getting the right offer, and the anticipation of what comes next. On the other hand, there's also concern about whether you'll find a buyer, uncertainty about which offers to accept, and the major stress of waiting for the deal to finally go through.

While there's always going to be some anxiety involved in the home selling process, our REALTORS® want you to relax and enjoy the ride. The following five tips will help you sell your home without the stress. 

  1. Get Your Home in Tip-Top Shape
    There are a ton of great Southport homes for sale, so you'll want to make sure yours stands out from the crowd. This means putting in some elbow grease to improve your curb appeal, make necessary repairs, and freshen up your space.

    Once your listing goes live, you'll have peace of mind in knowing you've done everything you can to make sure potential buyers fall in love with your home. 
  1. Find a Great Partner
    Working with a professional who knows the market is one of the best ways to reduce home selling stress. A great realtor can help you set a realistic price and create a well-rounded marketing plan. He or she will also act as a sounding board and help you with the big decisions you'll need to make right up until it's time to sign your closing documents.
  1. Stay Grounded in Reality
    If you aren't willing to accept that your home might not be worth as much as you think, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. While you certainly want to get a great price for your property, you also need to stay grounded in reality.

    Look at the prices of other comparable homes that have recently sold in your neighborhood. Consider how long they were on the market and how long you're willing to wait. If your home isn't moving as fast as you had hoped, make sure you're willing to come down in price periodically until you get the bite you've been waiting for.

    Before you list your home, determine the absolute lowest price you're willing to entertain. This will help you stick to your guns if things get emotional down the line.
  1. Choose Your Buyer Carefully
    When you finally receive an offer, it's understandable to want to immediately accept. After all, this is what you've been waiting for, right? Before you pull the trigger, take a step back and check whether the potential buyer is going to be able to close the deal. If you accept an offer that later falls through, not only will it create a ton of unnecessary stress, you'll also have missed out on other potential buyers.

    Check your potential buyer's pre-approval letter and consider whether your home is likely to meet the standards required for the type of loan the buyer is seeking. Also make sure the buyer is willing to put down a decent deposit, which will protect you if they decide to walk away from the deal after the waiting period is over.   
  1. Don't Let Your Home Sale Take Over Your Life
    No matter what happens with your home sale, don't let it dominate your life. Instead, take planned breaks where you'll give yourself some much needed "me time." Take a yoga class, try meditation, or just close your eyes and breathe deeply for a few minutes each time you feel the anxiety start to creep up on you.

    Help yourself sleep better by setting a cut-off time each night when you'll stop talking about your home sale. If important thoughts or "to dos" pop up after that time, simply write them down and revisit them again in the morning.

Let Us Help You Make Your Move

Are you getting ready to put your home on the market? Don't let it stress you out! With Our REALTORS® by your side, the entire process will feel like a breeze. We go out of our way to take care of the details, so you don't have to. Contact us today to get started.