Tuesday, November 5, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
Selling or Buying a home may be one of life's most stressful events. Of course, there are others, getting married or divorced, kids, money, or lack thereof, college. It is not like you make any of these decisions every day, so there is always a substantial amount of shall we say-uncertainty.
However, today, we are talking about what to expect after you list your home.
Hi. I'm Dixie Simon with Haven Real Estate Group. You've decided to sell it. Your Realtor ran comps, you have decided on your price, you have packed, decluttered, cleaned, and staged for the big day when you go live. But that Big Day could, in actuality, be the big week, or month or whatever it takes to get the job done. During this time, you must keep up the front.
1. You might feel like you live in a museum.
You may have spent a great deal of time cleaning and decluttering, but now you are going to need to maintain that cleanliness. Potential buyers are going to expect a home that was as neat as the listing photos they saw, so it is important to meet their expectations. Now that you have officially listed your home, maintenance is necessary. There may be showings where you don't have time to do a full deep-clean, so choosing to keep your home 'show-ready' will help reduce any stress about the appearance of your home for a short-notice showing.
2. There will be inconveniences.
Now that you've realized your home always needs to be ‘show-ready’, you might be starting to think that there could be an inconvenience or two during this part of home-selling. While your real estate agent will be helpful in this process, you may need to switch around plans during the evenings or weekends when you are typically home. Take advantage of this. Get a motel, do the hot tub, relax. You have been working hard. Whatever you do, try never to put restrictions on showing it. Be ready to get out at a moment's notice...truth.
3. Expect to hear critiques and criticism.
Quite often, this is the main thing that first-time home sellers struggle with the most. It is not always easy to hear the issues a potential buyer may have with the home you have created. While some criticism can feel insulting, it is important to remember that it is not personal. Prospective buyers are not trying to hurt your feelings; they want to picture your home as their own. Your agent can be a crucial part in buffering criticism. They will be able to take suggestions from potential buyers and relay it to you in a way that is helpful and constructive.
4. Home maintenance will be crucial.
While maintaining home cleanliness is essential, you will also need to keep up with maintenance tasks. Your lawn will need to be kept up and mowed, your heating and cooling systems need to be operating correctly, as well as any appliances that will be staying when your home sells.
5. There can be some additional expenses.
After you've accepted an offer, the closing process will begin. There will be inspections and final walk-throughs, which can bring about issues that will need to be resolved before closing. Depending on the repair, you may need to pay out-of-pocket for repairs so that you don't need to negotiate your sale price.
The main thing is to keep your eye on the prize, your WHY. Why did you decide to move in the first place? You can handle a lot of stress when you know where you are going and why and, I can help.
If you're ready to sell your home and need someone by your side to guide you as you prepare to take this journey, give me a call today! I eat stress for
breakfast, so you don't have to. I love it.
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