Tuesday, November 3, 2020 / by Vanessa Saunders
Selling your house can be one of the most stressful things you can do in life. If I had one sentence that encapsulates my advice to sellers, it would be Samuel L. Jackson’s line in Pulp Fiction:
“Be cool, Honey Bunny, and nobody get’s hurt.”
That’s really the goal for Realtors who represent the seller’s side of a real estate transaction. Home owners understandably feel stress because so much of the process is out of their control. They’re waiting for showings, waiting for offers, waiting for a buyer to submit repair requests, and waiting for the lender for the clear to close. When not playing the waiting game, sellers will be under pressure to pack, clean, make financial decisions, and be ready to leave their house at short notice to accommodate showings.
Know any good agents around here?
It may sound self serving, but my first tip is to hire the right agent to represent you. Many of the major stressors you’ll face throughout the sale of your home are decisions that a good agent will be trained to guide you through. Aside from marketing your home, which includes building local and global websites, writing and narrating visual tours, overseeing photography, and doing all those things marketing things that sellers never see being done but that get done (as if by magic), your agent will:
•Identify necessary repairs and easy updates to boost your home value
•Prepare the house for the market and stage it like a showplace
•Arrive at a competitive listing price
•Field offers as they come in
•Negotiate the purchase agreement terms and price
•Navigate the home appraisal and home inspection
•Handle final walkthrough and closing paperwork
… and all the little things in between like connecting you with contractors in your area and coordinating your move-out time with the buyers. These are tasks you can put in their hands while you continue on with your daily life
One of the deep-rooted reasons you’re stressed out by your home sale is that you’re simply not knowledgeable about the process. After all, most people only sell a house two or three times in their lifetimes. Your Realtor should give you an idea of how the process typically works, how long the process will take, how much it’ll cost you, and what could potentially go wrong throughout every stage.
Maintaining a neat and clean home throughout the listing period is perhaps one of the most painful parts of the process. After all, it’s hard to keep up on that photoshoot-ready, showplace staging while you’re actually living in the house. You'll find it easier if you set up a system that makes showings as painless as possible.
Have a few decorative storage boxes that blend seamlessly into the décor of your bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and living room. These let you quickly tuck any personal items out of sight—provided you pick ones with lids. Buy an assortment of cleaning wipes so you can wipe down countertops before and after a showing. You'll be Covid safe, and can polish up surfaces and fixtures at the same time.
Take a break
When you find yourself completely buried by home sale details, you’ll want to walk away from the whole process—and that’s exactly what you should do. Take a timeout in your favorite quiet place, savor a glass of wine or settle in with a good book and give yourself some “Me” time.
Selling a house can take over your whole life. It’s going to be stressful, but it will end and you’ll have money in the bank, and a new place to live. In the meantime, Honey Bunny, be cool, and nobody gets hurt.