When it comes time to move – whether it’s a relocation, upgrade, or downsize, the experience is a challenge that can make you hit a breaking point. One reassuring thing is that it’s stressful for all and hopefully doesn’t happen too often.
So if you find yourself in this situation, take a deep breath:
- Find a good realtor, lawyer, and friend who has been through the process– These three people will be on your speed dial, supporting you every step of the way. Be sure to get recommendations on the realtor and interview a few.
- Declutter and stage the house – Put anything you don’t use on a daily basis in the storage facility, remove the screens so light comes into the house, and remove all personal items, including photos. There are lots of great staging ideas on the web as well. Even though it’s a hassle and modest expense, the house will sell the house faster and get you the best price.
- Be ready to leave – Always keep the house clean and ready to show. Often times the call will come at a moment’s notice and you’ll need to leave within 15 minutes. Never be there when the house is being shown.
- Expect things to come up during the inspection – Inspectors are paid to find issues, both big and small, so set aside money to fix inspection issues. It’s not worth the hassle to negotiate over small things like a broken door or pest problem.
- Be aware of the drama – Keep the end game in mind: You want to close and move on. Each step of the process can seem uncertain and stressful at the time, but in retrospect, the negotiations and paperwork will seem insignificant years later when you’re in your new place.
Lastly, a great resource to get you through buying and selling a home is HGTV. Watching their shows like “Property Virgins” and “House Hunters” are and both entertaining and informative. Their website also has lots of great resources like, “10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home.” Good luck!