It Can Be Hard to Let Your Emotions Not Get The Best Of You When Selling Your Home; But Don’t.

Don’t Let Your Emotions Interfere With The Sale Of Your House

Selling a home takes a big toll emotional on the seller(s). A home is where you have shared all of your fondest memories, from holidays, to birthday parties, to watching your kids grow. As you start packing up your home to start all over, you can get very upset and let your emotions run you during the process of selling your house. There are some people that can’t wait to get rid of the house; they are lucky. Remember when you get down, that starting a new home will be exciting. See: Three Reasons Sellers Shouldn’t Be Present at a Home Showing. You’ll still have all of your belongings and furniture, so it won’t be a total shock, as you will have all the things you’ve collected over the years with you. Here are some ways that you can disconnect when selling your house.

Consider viewing the home as a product rather than a home. You don’t need to pretend you never lived there, but if you change your outlook on the process, you’ll be better off mentally, physically, and be realistic when it comes to the list price and negotiations. You’ll be able to create new memories when you move. Read: Three Things Buyers and Sellers Should Know About Credits. As they say, home is where the heart is. While a home played a significant role in your life, be excited at the prospect of transitioning. You don’t have to think of it as “starting all over.” Taking that mindset on will put you in a depressive state of mind.

Removing your personal belongings from the home will help you slowly detach. This is good, because it won’t be a total shock, since you’ll be doing it in small strides. You won’t have a uHaul show up and pack your entire house up in one day. That is scary. Baby steps are the way to go. Besides the fact, that you really don’t have an option other than packing up your personal things. When you show your house, buyers don’t want to see your family photos. They want to imagine themselves there, not see a photo of grandma baking cookies in your new kitchen.

Do not interact with the buyers. This will deter them away from wanting to buy your house. The general reason behind this is that you will likely talk too much. You might tell them “when we moved in the whole plumbing system was messed up and we re-did them.” See: How to Break Up With Your Real Estate Agent.

This can make them nervous. You’re basically telling them that when you moved into the home, there was already a major problem that you likely spent thousands upon thousands of dollars to fix. Aside from this reason, its also just plain awkward to a buyer to have the seller constantly talking to them.

Selling a home is an emotional process. The important takeaway is that whatever strategy you choose to disconnect from your home, its something that has to be done in order to have a sound mind, and look at the house as a business transaction, which is what it is.


One thought on “It Can Be Hard to Let Your Emotions Not Get The Best Of You When Selling Your Home; But Don’t.

  • March 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Always take emotion out of the sale. Great article. Too many sellers get emotional about their home, which leads to an unrealistic perception of the house itself. They have so many memories tied into it, that most sellers think their home is worth more than it is. You are pricing a house based on the market, not on your memories.


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