Taking the Stress out of Selling your Home - Sherille Layton

Taking the Stress out of Selling your Home

30 January 2019
Sherille Layton

For some people, the thought of listing their home for sale is stressful. It is easy worry about all the things you have to do. It feels like such a big task, but if you break it down into small tasks, it’s amazing what can be achieved!

One of the roles as a real estate professional is to lend clients the best advice on how to get their house to market with the least amount of stress.  

Start interviewing realtors 6 months in advance, so, that you are comfortable with whom you will be working with and what tasks they set out for you going forward.

When I know I am working with clients’ even months in advance, I always ask them to meet my stager for a consultation at the earliest opportunity. Therefore, their tasks are outlined, and any feeling of being overwhelmed or confusion is lessened.

Finding contractors for small or big jobs takes time, whether it’s painting, or little fix-it jobs. A seasoned Realtor will have a reliable portfolio of “go to” resources.

Here are some tips for making sure your preparation and home sale goes smoothly:

Avoid carrying out these tasks or big jobs at the last minute. They may take longer than anticipated.

Do any necessary staging, and get your property looking its best.

Set the right price. Pricing your property too high will likely result in few, if any, buyers coming to see it. You might end up having to lower your price later, causing your home to linger even longer on the market. That's stress you don't need!

Have a flexible viewing schedule. If you make it too difficult for buyers to see your property, they might lose interest or simply choose to buy another home. Be as flexible as possible when a buyer wants to view your property.

When a buyer comes for a scheduled viewing, don't be home. Instead, plan some fun activities for your family. It can be stressful if you have dogs or children in your home when viewings are taking place. And, having to constantly clean after them. 

Accept the inevitable ups and downs of selling your home. Having a pre-listing home inspection done before going to market can eliminate concerns that a buyer may have. 

Listen to your Realtor and not your neighbhours and friends. Everyone has an opinion and often it can be unhelpful and cause stress.

Lastly, believe in all the hard work you and your Realtor have put in to get the best sale price in the least amount of time.  Being positive and realizing you are a team goes a long way!