Selling Your Home. Do Not Let Your Emotions Get the Best of You

It’s time to sell your home. You are excited about the prospect of moving on but at the same time will miss all the memories you and your family have experienced there over the last several years. Don’t feel you are the only one with anxiety over selling your home. Having doubts and anxiety is something that almost all home sellers go through.
The first step to moving is to stop thinking of where you are living as a home and to start thinking of it as a house. Of course, this is easier said then done. In order to sell your house effectively you must be able to make rational decisions.
Once you have committed to selling your house put together a plan and stick to it. One of the best ways to begin preparing your home is to start packing early. Start by removing personal photos from the walls, put away trophies and pack up anything that you do not use on a regular basis. Remove items in your garage, basement and attic that you have accumulated over time. If you still want them put them in storage. Plan a garage sale and donate whatever is left over to a worthy cause. This will not only make it appear that you have lots of storage space but will give you a little less to do when it comes time to move.
Try to imagine your house through a Buyer’s eyes. The Buyer is looking at your house and trying to imagine it as their home. You need to help them in any way possible.
When preparing your house to sell, begin making a list of things you will include in the sale. What appliances will stay, light fixtures, window coverings and other assets such as wood stoves, shelving etc. If there are specific items that you know you will not want to include in the sale then be sure to remove them now if at all possible. For example, a favorite light fixture or custom drapes in the living room. I know it is a hassle but by removing these items now you will avoid any problems later if a potential Buyer includes them in an Offer. Over the years I have seen many deals fall apart over seemingly unimportant things. Buying a home is both exciting and stressful. Emotions can run high and at times this stress combined with a few small problems can be enough to end negotiations. Being proactive prior to listing your home will pay off in the end and make the entire process a lot more enjoyable.

Information provide by: Harry Hoare, Broker of Record, Horizon Realty Ltd., Brokerage
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