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Handling The Emotions In Selling Your Home

Tuesday, February 19, 2019   /   by Zak Allen

Handling The Emotions In Selling Your Home

Like many first time home sellers or even people who have sold multiple houses, you may have a very deep emotional connection to your home. Whether its like my wife and I getting married in her parents back yard, your kids being raised in the first house you bought and all the memories that come with it. Selling can be hard. 

It could be the pencil marks on the wall, all the barbeques or dinner parties that have been had, maybe even a house that has been in your family for fifty years and handed down to you. Whatever the memories, sometimes it's necassary to hold on to the happy memories and still move into a mode of "why we need to sell." 

We have all been blessed and experienced great memories in many homes. We need to make sure during the selling process we can step away from the "love affair" and step into "the reasoning behind WHY we want to sell." 

If you're not ready to step away from emotions and step in to logic it's simply not the right time to sell. Now, not saying it won't be hard to say good-bye or it's okay to turn off your feelings. Having feelings is one thing, but self sabotage is another. This kind of self sabotage will cause you to loose money in   the selling process, over price your home, or even miss out on the chance to achieve what you're really wanting to achieve deep down. 

Sometimes people have enough time selling items like a tv or a car. People can even tend to hoard things and hold on to things that are silly. Chances are we have all been there. If you've been there you can imagine the possible emotions in selling a house full of memories. The first step is acknowledgement. Acknowledging why you're selling your home is key to your success in this emotional time. If your why is strong enough you can and will handle any storm! You can always fall back on that "why" in times of stress. 

When you hire a real estate agent (a competant one) please talk to them and let them know your thoughts and feelings. Once they know what you're trying to accomplish, you'll be best fitted to listen to their suggestions. If you can't find it in your heart to hear them out and find yourself arguing or disagreeing with everything they're saying, then you're probably not ready to sell your home. If you are having a hard time with anything emotional please lay it out for your agent, a true pro will be able to overcome anything long as you are open and transparent with them. They may even tell you to hold off on selling your home. 

If you have gotten detached from your home it is good to look at it like an item/product/or good to sell. This is an easy way to look at your home through the process. It will allow you to listen to your agent. Doing this will get you into a perfect mindset so you'll be able to price your home for what the market can bare, not what your emotions can bare. 

If you're truly not ready to sell there's nothing wrong with waiting and holding on to those memories, but I promise if you take note of this blog to help you you'll have an excellent time through your home selling process! 


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