They say that buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your lifetime, all the time spent saving up the deposit, scrimping away and saving every last penny to be able to afford it.
Then when you move in and make the place your own, you redesign the house, redecorate every room, put in a new kitchen and make the place yours.
The next thing you know the years have gone by, you have raised your children and the house has your stamp all over it.
The house you bought is now your home, complete with years of memories and emotions tied into it.
And for whatever the reason may be, downsizing, upsizing or relocating. If you come to the decision to sell your home in Liverpool, then all the emotions you never realised where there will kick in, and you may find it hard to keep your feelings in check.
Selling the house you have made a home can be a tremendously emotional experience, and you may find it harder than you thought to let go.
If you are thinking of selling your home then there are steps you can take to help you overcome the emotional rollercoaster you may be facing.
Humans are emotional creatures, it’s in the make up of our DNA, and quite often we make judgements we go on to regret.
So when you have the idea to sell your home, the first thing to do is to take some time to think about it.
Do you really want or need to sell your home?
It may sound obvious, but it’s well worth considering, what may seem like a good idea at the time may not actually work out to be the best decision for the long term.
A good idea is to write down the pros and cons for selling or staying, if its more room you need, can you convert the loft?
You may think the house is too big now the kids have moved on, but can you be guaranteed if you move the new neighbours will be nice enough to live next door to?
Whatever the reason that’s brought you to the decision to move, make sure you take serious consideration before putting your home up for sale, as the grass may not always be greener.
Only Sell If You Are Ready
Once you have weighed up the pros and cons and you feel you really want to move, that’s when its time to put the house on the market, and not before.
One of the common things people do is still be in two minds, and put the house up with an estate agent to ‘test the water’.
This is not a good idea, if you are unsure in anyway about selling, then don’t put your home on the market, this can cause so much emotional conflict.
The minute you see strangers walking around your house viewing will cause you distress. Have I made am mistake? Do I really want to sell? Etc etc.
And if an offer comes in you may find every reason to not accept, and this is not good for you or the people viewing.
This is when the emotions really kick in.
So only put the house up for sale when you are sure you are ready, and not a moment sooner.
Price the House To Sell
Another thing that people do who are unsure if they really want to is to price the value of the house too high.
Subliminally you are saying I don’t really want to move, so I am either going to price myself out of the market, or I will accept an offer if I get a really high price.
Both of these tactics are not going to bode well for you, if you are pricing yourself out the market then do you really want to move in the first place?
And how much stress will it cause if the house sits in the market for a long time without selling?
And if you are willing to accept a high price, but don’t really want to, the motivations say you really don’t want to move, and should reconsider.
There is no use having money in your pocket and be missing the home you loved.
So if you are ready to sell, price your house accordingly and it will sell quicker for you to move on to pastures new.
Stage the House to Sell
It’s your home, the one you have built over years of hard work, but if you want to help sell it, then you have to de-personalise.
This is something people find really hard to do, take down the school photographs, remove the coats and shoes from the hall.
Take down the kid’s drawings off the fridge and basically remove all the memories you hold dear.
It may sound simple, but it’s harder than you think, and can stir strong emotions as you strip away the memories.
To sell the home you have to present a blank canvass to potential buyers, so they can imagine the house being their place to make new memories.
Let The Estate Agent Do The Viewings
If you have a strong emotional attachment to your home, when it comes to viewings, let the local estate agent take care of business.
Or you may find yourself talking potential buyers out of making an offer, even if its not intentional, you can emote strong feelings that may put a buyer off.
And you may take offence to comments viewers make about your home, as they are making a critical judgement based on their needs, not your memories unfortunately.
So leave it to your estate agent to do the viewings, they are trained to do so, and will make the sale happen quicker, relieving you from the discomfort of showing people around.
So maybe selling your home is a bigger decision than buying one, considering the emotional equity you have built, never mind the financial equity.
If you need any advice or help on how to best approach selling your home, then the staff at James Kristian have years of experience in handling property sales.
Especially when there is an emotional aspect of the sale that needs handling with care.
So please don’t hesitate to contact us today and we can help you on your way with an understanding team to guide you through the whole process.