“My house is not ‘just a thing.’ It is an extension of my physical body and my sense of self that reflects who I was, am, and want to be”
-Dr. Karen Lollar
Selling your house is not easy at all, especially when your emotions get in the way. However, the following tips will help you to emotionally detach yourself from your home so as you can sell it faster and easier.
Tip #1: Make Sure You Are Truly Ready to Sell
“Understand the why of your selling.”
Before you start doing anything, first decide if you have good reasons to sell your house. For example, just grab a pen and paper and list down all the reasons you have to move. For instance, the home might be too small, too big, maybe you need to move to a new city or you need access to a better school district. However, if you are not able to come up with good “whys”, then wait for a few months to re-evaluate. And, remember you have to make the right decision as once you sell your house, you are not getting it back.
Tip #2: Prepare Yourself for the Selling Process
If you have decided to sell your house, you will need to prepare for its selling process emotionally.
For instance, once the house is put on the market, it will be opened up to scrutiny. And keep in mind that the inspection process will not be easy. Potential buyers and realtors will provide feedback and even point out some flaws. It is completely understandable to feel some emotional attachment as you have might have many memories in that place. But for your own good, it is vital to consider it as a simple business transaction.
Tip #3: Price Your House Right
When you hesitate to let your home go, you will be tempted to increase its price. Therefore, we recommend you to do some research. It will help you to determine the worth of your house and to fix a fair market price.
In addition, when you are calculating your house’s estimate, you need to consider certain features such as high-end finishes, a swimming pool or a huge garden.
Tip #4: Keep in Mind All That You Have to Gain
My personal tip when selling your home: keep in mind that the faster your home is sold, the sooner you will be able to move on to the next chapter in your life.
Besides, think about that huge sum of money you will have in your bank once you sell your house. And, honestly, who doesn’t love money?
So, if your emotions start to creep back, remind yourself of what you will gain by doing so.
Tip #5: Take Plenty of Photos
Before you start to clean, declutter and stage your home, I would recommend you to take a lot of photos (or even some nice videos). Or, you can even call a professional photographer.
Tip #6: Stage Your Home
Did you know that home staging is not only an effective technique to make your house more appealing to prospective buyers, but it can also help to detach you from it?
When you are removing these personal touches and cherished objects and adding a new style, you are distancing yourself and making you feel less connected with your house. As the less you see yourself in that space, the easier it will be to sell it.
Tip #7: Use Your Emotions to Your Favor
For you, your house carries some great sentimental value and even if you cannot convert it into real estate market value, you can still use it to your advantage.
Suppose you have potential buyers who come to take a loot at the house. I suggest you talking about your life and some of your great memories in the house so as they can picture how their lives are going to be in it. Tell them, for example, how you saw your children grow in that house. Use your emotions to the maximum as they can be very powerful and can work in your favor.
Will you use these tips? Please share your comments!