ˆTake it easy. Please. You have me balding for you already here. Often, people list their home expecting it to happen the very next day at full price with lines of people waiting out the door. And sometimes we do that. The reality though is usually different depending on the home. What buyers see is every flaw in your home too. They compare it to the other homes on the market. If you feel it’s been sitting for longer than you expected that can cause all kinds of negative feelings to set in. With some preparation, though, you can stay positive when selling your house in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Falling Out of Love
Here is the reality. Not everyone will love the home as much as you do. The first step in staying positive when selling your house in Cherry Hill is to fall out of love with it; Meaning, see it objectively. Usually, this is a source of disappointment that needs to be dealt with head-on.
A good way to do this is to organize your home by removing personal items. That helps you transition mentally from being the owner to being the seller. A strong attachment will end up clouding your judgment when it comes to negotiations, price, or other critical points.
One way to not stay positive when selling your house in Cherry Hill is just to sit back, let your real estate agent do everything, and wait for buyers to come flocking. You have to do your part. Keep the home clean. Ask for feedback from open houses. Be flexible with showings. An idle mind will have you going wild.
Be Reasonable on Sale Price
This is related to our first suggestion to help you stay positive when selling your house in Cherry Hill, or East Brunswick, South Brunswick, or one of the other hot towns we service (falling out of love with your house). You may think your home is a palace, but the same people are all looking at the same houses. They are comparing so we need to keep that in mind. We have competition. You have to do your homework and stay grounded with your expectations.
The reality is this. Your house is worth only what buyers are willing to pay for it. To get an idea, you’ll need to look at similar homes in the area that sold. Proper preparation will go a long way to keep you from pricing unreasonably high and having your house sit unsold for months.
Strive for that “Homey” Feel
One of the best ways to stay positive when selling your house in Cherry Hill, New Jersey is to be confident that your homework was done and you are prepared. You know how long it’s going to take. A sale with a top realtor is almost inevitable. You must make sure you give your house a”homey” feel so buyers can envision it as their own.
It helps to visit some of your competitor’s open houses and see how their homes look. To get that homey feel will require some things more than just cleaning. You can learn more about it in our staging article. Some homes need other updates that can be bigger at times but mean more money. The idea is to create an emotional response that makes people scramble to place offers.
It’s easy to fall into the common “delusions” when you’re trying to sell a home. Most of the incorrect ways of seeing things can solved, and you can stay positive when selling your house in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with some mental and physical preparation. Obviously enough, the best way to stay positive is to get yourself a professional real estate agent.
Home is on the Market
Now that your house is on the market, you are feeling overwhelmed. As one of the most stressful things people experience, it is important to be prepared with a plan. That’s the only way to keep moving and selling a more enjoyable process. I never realized truly how stressful it is until I had to do it myself. It’s amazing how much crap we accumulate. It can be overwhelming but take it one step at a time. A few things to keep in mind which will help you stay sane:
- Stay Organized. Keep all paperwork in one place. I give my clients a system to keep all of their “house” papers in.
- Take Notes. Keep your notes together as related to your home plans. We provide you special customized software to stay organized and transfer all those notes into a simple system.
- Seek help from your team of professionals. This will include your Realtor, mortgage lender, and Real Estate attorney. They are there to assist you so don’t be afraid to ask for help!
- Don’t forget to keep routines. Don’t forget to take care of yourself and do the things you usually do. Don’t let the process take you over… you need to be strong for your family.
- Look for the Humor. Mistakes are going to happen for sure. When we were moving my family was supposed to take my motorcycle for me. They ended up leaving it and I had to push this thing into a van with a bunch of makeshift items. It was a nightmare, but I laughed about it. The pain is for a moment. The journey is forever. don’t sweat the small stuff.
- Stay Positive. It’s always easier said than done, I know. Moving is an adventure, but it’s always worth it in the end. Keep yourself aligned with the outcome. Look for the good.
- Plan ahead. Planning makes sure that you aren’t scatterbrained and miss a vital step. In the case of selling a home, there are often unexpected outcomes, but a plan will keep you in the right direction. Speak with a top Realtor. They have done this so many times. They will help you figure out a plan for listing the home, getting you the most money, and smoothing out all of the big speed bumps before you ever hit the market!
- Get organized. Though realtors try to avoid it, some showings will be at inconvenient times, such as at the very last second, or late at night. Just understand that is part of the process and that your flexibility is really going to help. We only need one person to give us a good offer, realistically, right? Here are some things you can do to get ready:
- Have a to-do list of things to prepare before each showing (turn on lights, wipe the bathrooms down, clear that kitchen counter!!!, etc.)
- Create another list of items you want to put out of sight (valuables, clutter, etc.).
- Prepare a plan to put your pets out of sight and any items needed ready to go.
- Draft a list of things to keep you busy during home showing times.
- Treat yourself. We, realtors, understand how exhausting it is to keep your house picture-perfect, especially with your kids and pet dragon. You Could you hire a cleaning company once a month or every two weeks. You don’t have to do it all yourself.
- Involve your children. Selling a home is tough on kids. Fewer toys mean less fun. I highly recommend creating a reward system for keeping their space clean. Reward them with some spots to go to when it’s showing time.
- Be open to feedback. If things are taking longer than you’d hoped, ask for feedback. Your Realtor should be speaking with prospective buyers for opinions and provide that feedback to you so that adjustments if needed, can be made.
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