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Taking the stress out of selling your home

By Sherryn Dickson

Ok, so this heading may be a little deceptive! I don’t think you can take all the stress out of selling your home….

However, I do think you can minimise the impact the selling process has on your anxiety levels by following a few simple guidelines.

Tip #1. – Declutter before you go on the market
When you move, you’re most likely going to have to get rid of a few things. Take care of this before listing your house to make your life easier when selling. This will also make your life easier when you have sold and packing to leave.

Tip #2. – Hire a Cleaner
If you’re in a position to do so and are time poor, you may want to organise a cleaner to come on Fridays during the sale process (day before open home), it will be money well spent and will be one less thing you have to worry about, going into the weekend open homes.

Tip #3. – Have realistic expectations
It’s hard not to get ahead of yourself and hope you sell your house within a day of it being listed. While your home might sell immediately (most homes are selling within 2-3 weeks), there’s also the chance it will sit on the market for up to 6 weeks, so be prepared for the worst, and you’re more likely to be pleasantly surprised.

Tip #4. – Choose an agent that communicates effectively and regularly
The agent you choose will make a big difference to your stress levels. I’d recommend choosing someone that demonstrates an understanding of how stressful the process can be and has a clear communication plan during the sale process (ie weekly written reports, weekly or fortnightly meetings, daily phone calls). In my experience sellers experience a lot less stress if they are communicated with regularly and know exactly what’s going on. I have a saying “if my vendors are calling me then I’m not doing my job properly”. Agents should anticipate what their clients would want to know and need.

Tip #5. – Move Out Before Listing
This is not an option for everyone, but if you can move out before listing your home, you’ll experience less stress on a day-to-day basis. Your house will always be ready to show without you having to lift a finger. If you have children, selling a house can be especially stressful. One great way to minimize stress is to accept the fact that most likely, your home will never be “perfectly” clean for private inspections. Luckily, most potential buyers will be understanding and can look past a little mess here and there.

If you’d like to discuss your options regarding selling your home or investment, please contact myself on 0408 585 319 or my team at the office on 9725 7444.

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