Selling a home can be stressful. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to avoid and manage stress during the home selling process. Knowing what to expect and how to deal with your stress can help you through the real estate transaction. Here's what you need to know.
Common Sources of Stress When Selling a Home
Every home selling experience is different, but sources of stress are shared from one selling experience to the next. Below are some of the most common sources of stress when selling a home.
Home Inspection Surprises
Home inspections can turn up problems with the house that can make selling difficult. Problems discovered when the home is in escrow can even lead to the deal falling through.
Many homeowners worry that they won't be able to sell their home for as much money as it's worth. Negotiations can occur throughout the home selling process, which means that homeowners must be vigilant basically the entire time the home is in escrow.
Some home sellers need to sell fast, but it's hard to control when offers will come in. The longer it takes to get an offer, the longer it will take to sell.
What You Can Do to Avoid and Cope With Stress
There are many things that homeowners can do to cope with stress during the home selling process. Breathing exercises like meditation can help. An even better plan is to avoid stress by working with a team of professionals throughout the selling process.
Make Home Repairs Up Front
Hire a good contractor to take care of your deferred maintenance before your home is listed on the market. Don't hire a contractor that cuts corners, as this can lead to problems throughout the home selling process.
Work with a Good Real Estate Agent
Your real estate professional can help by negotiating a good price for your home. Your real estate agent can also give you advice that can help you present your home in ways that makes it more appealing to buyers. Finally, your agent can help you pick a selling price that will be competitive in your area. Get started by choosing a real estate agent well before you're planning to list your home.
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