If there were an official list of easiest things to do, it’s unlikely that we'd find “selling a house” anywhere near the top and that would be reasonable. After all, buying a house is a significant investment for most people, so selling one can be a long process that can be quite a stressful experience, particularly if you are selling in a hurry.
However, there are ways to minimise the stress of putting one’s house on the market.
Check out these 5 tips to minimise the stress when selling your home.
1. Do your due diligence
This seems obvious but sometimes it’s the obvious that people neglect to do. To minimise panic, don't just jump into selling your house without enough research beforehand.
That said, you don’t have to go overboard – you don’t necessarily have to be an expert but you do have to do some mental preparation so you’re more confident about the choices you make.
Some key things to note are what the competition is like, what the local prices are in your area, what the local real estate market is currently sitting at (does it lean towards being a buyer’s market or a seller’s market?), and which features will make your house stand out more against the competition.
2. Be prepared to live in a pristine showroom
You probably won’t be selling your home the exact second you put it out on the market, and it could take some time before someone drops by for a viewing, but you should always be ready for the possibility, so aim to keep it clean. Avoid messy activities such as big parties unless you’re prepared to deal with the potential messy fallout.
You’ll also want to put away some excess furniture, photos, and personalised items. Declutter and depersonalise the house so prospective buyers can see the best of the house and imagine themselves living in it.
3. Hire professionals for repairs, styling and deep cleaning
You can probably handle some smaller tasks like gussying up rooms and the like, but when the list involves more backbreaking or challenging duties, it’s best to have pros handle them. Unless you’re an expert yourself, things like fixing leaks, deep stains, or remodelling the kitchen are best left to plumbers, professional cleaners, and contractors, respectively. They’ll know what to do so you can sit back and relax.
4. Be strict about viewing hours
Yes, you’re selling your house but that doesn’t mean having someone drop by during inconvenient hours won’t be annoying and stressful. Be clear about the hours you’re open to having people see the house with your agent. This way, you can also ensure that the house is in its best state and ready to receive potential buyers during these scheduled times.
5. Take extra precautions
On normal occasions selling a house can be a bit much but now that we’re in a pandemic, it can be even more draining with the additional health-related concerns. So, if you’re planning to sell during this time, it’s best to ensure that you’re keeping it as safe as possible. For instance, you should keep home visits limited to a few people at a time (if face-to-face viewings are allowed where you are), and always follow COVID-19 safety protocols. If someone does come to your home, maybe you can provide hand sanitiser and request that they wear masks. And make sure to disinfect immediately.
Incidentally, if you’re hiring someone to do work on the house you’re selling, make sure that they’re also following safety protocols and guidelines.
6. Find a real estate agent that understands your needs
Finally, one of the best ways to keep the anxiety of selling your house down to a minimum, is to work with a real estate agent who listens to your needs and has a deep understanding of the real estate market in your area.
With a knowledgeable and enthusiastic agent, you can breathe easier with the thought that you’re leaving the bulk of the work with someone who can market your house properly, get you a good price, and help you with any paperwork to make the process smoother.
You can count on Upside to make the home selling experience virtually stress free.
If you're looking to sell, get in touch with Upside today.