Did you know that a report recently revealed selling a home is the most traumatic experience for adults? It’s true, selling a home beats burying a loved one for the top position in that poll. I know what you’re thinking. You must be joking? Surely, people finding saying goodbye to someone they loved more difficult than selling a home? Well, don’t be so sure because selling a house can be incredibly stressful. Don’t forget that you’re probably dealing with a massive amount of money and the overall aim is typically, to make a profit. To get that profit, you have to jump through a number of hoops. You need to fix your house up, make improvements, add curb appeal. Then, you’re going to need to speak to real estate agent to represent your property and after that fun with solicitors. You might be starting to see why the process of selling a home is traumatic.
Already there are a number of issues to deal with, and I haven’t even mentioned making sure you take all your items with you. For many people, this can be even more stressful because they panic about the possibility of misplacing things.
So why have I brought this up? Well, I’m wondering whether there are ways to get rid of all these stressful situations. After a quick brainstorm, I think I’ve come with some rather fantastic solutions.
Raising The Value
Easily one of the most stressful parts of moving is trying to add value to the home. When you buy a home, you should really be making small changes and improvements every couple of years. This will save you time and effort when you start to think about selling. Instead of facing the mad rush, your home will already be in prime position for the market. You don’t have to spend a fortune making changes either. A lot of people start to think about remodels a year before the sale. But this is a mistake. In most cases, a remodel does not add as much value onto the home as the owner hoped for. Instead, they find that they pay more money in than they get back out. Ironically, this is particularly common when people try to save money by DIYing the job.
Instead, you should aim to make smaller changes to your home. If we’re thinking about the outside, I recommend that you add little features to improve curb appeal. For instance, adding some colorful flowers to the front yard won’t cost you much time or money. It will, however, have a large impact on the impressions that buyers have of your home. By adding a little color, you can bring your front garden to life.
For the interior, there are plenty of ways to reinvent and reinvigorate your home design. For instance, you may want to consider the possibility of sanding down wood fixtures in the home. By sanding down the fixtures, you will give these areas of your home a new look and style. It’s an easy way to make your home look more modern.
If you are completing more elaborate work on your home, I suggest hiring the help of an expert or a professional. The money you pay here will be worth it to ensure you get a quality finish. If you don’t do this, you can almost always guarantee that the DIY work you complete adds very little to the value.
More Maintenance Than You Can Handle
We all face this issue when we start to think about selling a home. It is what is commonly referred to as ‘sod’s law.’ While you’re living in the home, you don’t notice that there’s anything wrong with it. Perhaps, because you see those little maintenance issues as giving your home some much-needed character. Unfortunately, all buyers will see is a fixer upper. They’ll still want your home. But, they won’t be interested in paying full market value for it. Instead, they will agree to pay well below the asking price. That’s not what you want, so you need to complete all the maintenance issues before you sell.
Again the best way to deal with maintenance issues is to fix them as and when they arrive. Don’t leave them for tomorrow, next week, next month or next year. If you do this, you’ll find when you come to sell, they will rear their ugly heads. You’ll have no choice but to invest a lot of time and money fixing up the property.
If you do have big maintenance issues, my advice is again to hire a professional. Trying to fix the issues yourself will often lead do more harm than good.
Ready For The Market?
Now it’s time to sell your home. You’ve got some curb appeal, a touch of style, it’s time to think about how you’re going to sell. Most people will seek out the advice and expertise of an estate agent. If you do use the services of an estate agent you need to be careful. There are plenty of companies charging purely for online real estate marketing. They often offer cheaper costs and this can seem like an attractive possibility. However, you’ll find that online marketing isn’t as powerful as you think. You’re far more likely to get offers and views if you invest in some forms of offline marketing. Offline real estate agents are roughly seventy-five percent more successful at getting a sale for their clients.
When choosing an estate agent, you need to examine the market carefully. You should make sure that you are looking for an agent that has had success selling homes like yours before. The easiest ways to do this is to note the signs that have sold stickers on them in your area.
Of course, there is an alternative possibility that you can consider here. You don’t have to use an estate agent at all. Instead you can choose a private home sale company. I’ve been wondering lately how to sell my house and I came across one of these websites. They are useful because they guarantee a fast sale with no strings attached. You get a guaranteed sale, often at market value. I know this sounds too good to be true, but the possibility does exist. It certainly reduces the stress of attempting to market your property.
You can also think about putting your home up for sale in an auction. You should consider this possibility if your home has a specific USP. For instance, you might have a home cinema system on your property. Or perhaps even an indoor pool? If your house is in an area where these features are rare, you’ll get a lot on an auction. You might even get more through auctioning a fairly typical property. You just need to be careful where you start the bidding, or you could lose a lot as well.
Fun With Solicitors
My friend recently bought a new home. They refused to accept that the home was officially theirs until the keys were handed over. This might sound silly, but it’s actually quite sensible. Up until that point, a home sale could fall through for various reasons. You might have paid the full asking price and still end up with no home at the end of the sale. Don’t worry, you’ll get that money back, but it still makes for a very stressful situation.
I wish I could tell you there’s a way to avoid this. But unless you are selling to a private company, you’re not going to. It’s something that the majority of homeowners and buyers will need to go through. Dealing with solicitors and surveyors can be a nightmare. My recommendation is that you hire individuals who you can trust. Don’t take a chance on an unknown company. Instead, pick solicitors that you can trust because someone you know has used them before. Good word of mouth is how most great solicitors pick up new clients.
Did I Forget Something?
The final stressful part of moving is trying to remember everything that you need to take care of. Did I change the mailing address? Did I clear out the attic? Did I get rid of all the rubbish and garbage? There’s a lot to think about, and that’s why I suggest you make a list. By making a checklist, you can tick things off as you go along. Theoretically, this will ensure that you don’t forget anything important.
Packing is fun too because you need to make sure that everything is cleared out and nothing is lost. You might think it’s fairly obvious when something has been left in an empty room. But you would be surprised what people have left behind in the past. I recommend that you pack by room and that way, you will remember everything.
I hope this article helps make your next home move less traumatic and stressful. There is no reason why a home move should be more difficult to deal with than a funeral. If you take my advice, it won’t be.