July 22, 2021

How to reduce the stress of selling your home

Whether it’s prompted by a plan or is the result of an unexpected event, selling a property can be accompanied by its fair share of stress.

And in some ways that’s natural, after all selling you home is often a major emotional and financial decision accompanied by factors that ripple through your life.

That said, there are ways to mitigate the stress of selling. So here are our top tips for how to reduce the stress of selling your home.

Know the signs it’s time to sell

The decision to sell your property can be driven by a multitude of reasons, including relocation, downsizing, changed family situation and more.

But if you are considering selling, it’s critical you get crystal clear on the ‘why’. This helps you go forward with clarity and certainty about your decision while also assisting with things like desired timeframe, method of sale, and more.

Do your due diligence

Before you approach an agent, it pays to do your own personal due diligence in a bid to understand the current market and your potential buyer.

Due diligence allows you to set realistic expectations about the price your home will likely command, days on market of similar properties, and any repairs you might need to undertake to prepare your home for sale.

This due diligence removes any surprises in the selling process, but also serves the process of allowing you to mentally transition towards a property sale.

Find the right agent

The agent you select will have a major impact on just how stressful selling a property will be. The right agent will guide you though the sales process, acting as a trusted advisor who will educate you about current market conditions and potential buyers.

They will also proactively communicate with you using your preferred types of communication, ensuring you are fully informed and kept up-to-date.

Prepare in advance

Selling a property takes preparation, so it pays to start well in advance. This preparation includes de-cluttering, conducting any repairs, maximising street appeal, and perhaps even styling the home.

The sooner you start, the less stressful the process is.

Make the mental transition before going to market

Selling a home is often as much an emotional experience as it is a financial transaction, which means there’s a mental process to work through prior to any sale.

Part of that involves letting go of your connection to the property and beginning to distance yourself as you ready to embark on the next chapter of life.

The process of cleaning, decluttering and repairing the property can assist with this.

Select a selling method that suits

Finally, finding the right sale method for your property can also help alleviate the stress. This method of sale is part personal choice and part what suits your property.

Some people will be more comfortable with private sale, while for others the swift and definite process of an auction might suit their needs better.

Your agent will be able to advise which method they recommend, and you can then select the option that you’re most comfortable with.

How we can help

Considering selling your property? Why not chat with one our friendly Eview agents on 1300 438 439 to organise an appraisal and understand the state of play in your specific area.