While many of us love the idea of moving to a new home, seldom is the process of selling, buying, and moving very appealing. It can be overwhelming to prepare your house for sale and keep it sparkling clean to show prospective buyers, all the while navigating the sometimes tricky waters of financing a new home. Few would argue, though, that the end result isn’t worth the effort: a new home that better suits your needs and lifestyle.
Here are a few tips that can help you streamline the buying-selling-moving process and keep your cool even when there are bumps in the road:
Hand over the reins. There’s a reason you have a real estate agent – he or she is the expert you have enlisted to help you with the ins and outs of what can be a very involved process. Rely on your agent’s advice when deciding how to price your home to sell in the market where you live. Ask for tips on staging your home for sale. Let your agent come up with a marketing plan designed to entice buyers. By handing over so much of the leg work to your agent, you’ll have more time on your hands to shop around for a new home and pursue financing.
Keep it simple. Start the process of selling your home with a major de-cluttering project. Rent a Dumpster, post items for sale on Craigslist or eBay, fill up a storage unit, and donate anything you don’t regularly use to a local charity. Once you divest yourself of unwanted clutter, you’ll find that you’re in a more comfortable position to stage your home. As a bonus, you’ll have fewer belongings to deal with once you move into a new home.
Keep track of daily, weekly, and monthly responsibilities with checklists and spreadsheets so that you don’t forget to do anything – from tasks as simple as remembering to take out the garbage to more complicated processes like creating a timeline for handing in application materials for a new mortgage loan.
Take a break. Just as with any other complicated process, it’s important to schedule some time for yourself in order to maintain your sanity. Try to keep a semblance of normalcy by continuing with routines, whether it’s regular trips to the gym, movie nights, or treating yourself to a massage. A night out or weekend away can help reset your outlook if the process begins to take its toll.
Focus on your goal. There is sure to be at least a glimmer of uncertainty in any home sale. Make sure that when glitches arise, you can keep your eye on the prize. By focusing on the future – and your life in your new home – you’ll be able to get through the moments when it all seems a bit overwhelming.
A home sale can be both exciting and intimidating. With a little patience, a dash or organization, and a partnership with capable realtors, like The VIP Group, you’ll be on your way to your new home in no time.