5-Point Home Selling Checklist to Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed

Written by Ken Marshall Posted On Tuesday, 22 June 2021 21:31

Selling a home is a major feat that no one usually looks forward to. From hiring a realtor, understanding the current market to counteroffers, it can become overwhelming just trying to make sure all bases are covered. Knowing what to include in a checklist for selling your home and following it is a great way to ensure an easy transition. 

While a checklist won’t make all your worries disappear, it will give you a sense of organization and a better understanding of what tasks need to be tackled and when. It is also an excellent tool to grant peace of mind knowing that all steps are covered. 

1. Prepare Yourself

One of the best ways to prevent an overwhelming feeling when it comes time to sell is to prepare yourself. Not everything will go as planned, and you are going to hit various speed bumps along the way. Knowing and even expecting these obstacles ahead of time is a good way to ensure you are not going to feel daunted at every minor inconvenience.

You also want to ensure you are preparing yourself to part ways with your home. It can be easy to create an emotional connection to a home, especially if it is the first one you have purchased. So, parting ways can prove to be a difficult task. Make sure you know you are ready to sell before listing your home so you are prepared to make decisions based on logic instead of emotion.

2. Keep an Open Mind

When listing a house for sale, it can be easy to imagine the type of person that will eventually call it home. Unfortunately, a very different category of buyers may come knocking on the door. This may result in second thoughts and denial after denial of offers. 

Keeping an open mind on noble offers, even when they come from the type of buyers you didn’t necessarily expect, can relieve unnecessary stress and help you have a more positive home-selling experience. By taking this step, you are upping the possibility of your home selling which will put your mind at ease. 

Keeping an open mind does not mean you should accept the first offer that comes through the door. Only consider offers that will not put you in a bind if accepted. 

3. Be Flexible

Flexibility when it comes to the home selling process is an absolute must. Buyer requests can be one of the more stressful parts of the entire home-selling process but are essential and must be taken into consideration. The closing date may not be as convenient for the buyer as it is for you, the seller. Following up on an inspection or even repair requests is a part of the process.

Remaining flexible to these buyer requests will alleviate stress and can even make the process go smoothly as you will be getting all the buyer requests taken care of upfront. Keep in mind that they are purchasing this home from you. Therefore, the steps you are taking to ensure the home meets their expectations are going to benefit you in the long run.  

4. Stay Involved

It can be easy to hire a real estate agent and expect them to take over the entire process and simply let you know when the house is sold. However, doing this can cause unease and uncertainty as you are not aware of what step in the selling process your home is currently in. This can also make you feel like you’re not in control.

Be sure to stay in contact with your real estate agent frequently and ask them what the next step is. Staying involved will keep you in tune with the entire process and can give you a feeling of satisfaction when the home finally sells.  

5. Price Your Home Right

Housing prices shift regularly and randomly under normal circumstances, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing market has been especially unpredictable in 2021. To ensure you are getting the most from your home, research your neighborhood, house style, and size to confirm a reasonable listing price. 

If you are hesitant to sell your home, it can become very tempting to over-price. While you want to ensure you are getting the most from your home, make sure to only list your home for what it is worth. Otherwise, buyers may be few and far between. 

By ensuring your home is priced competitively, you are creating a more likely chance for your home to sell, relieving the stress of not being able to find buyers. Home-buyers are looking for a home that will fit their needs, but one that is also priced fairly. So don’t let potential home-buyers pass up your home because it is over-priced. 

Final Advice

Selling a home is no easy task and can come with a lot of uncertainty and stress. When you decide to sell, you may be hit with a flood of memories that this particular home has helped you and your family create. However, it is vital to understand that you are on the path to bigger and better things and that the next step in that process is selling the house.

As overwhelming as it may be, the best way to not let the process get the most of you is to prepare yourself to sell. Making sure you are 100% ready to sell can take a big weight off your shoulders and make the process a smooth one. 

Secondly, keep an open mind by erasing all buyer stereotypes and consider all appropriate offers, even if they are not necessarily from the type of buyer you had in mind. The third step, remaining flexible, is often overlooked as home-sellers know what they want and when they want it. However, it is essential to cater to the buyers’ needs to increase selling potential.

Staying involved in the process is one of the easiest ways to not become overwhelmed. By staying involved, you will remain aware of what is going on at any point in time, and you can better help your real estate agent with any buyer questions or concerns. Lastly, pricing your home competitively and not over-pricing is the best way to grab the attention of buyers and keep an active list of interested buyers.

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