One of the biggest problems people face when selling a home is controlling their emotions. Let’s look at this problem, what it can cause and most importantly, how you can overcome your emotions when selling a house!
Deciding to sell your home can be a difficult decision to make. After all, you have lots of great memories from your time living in your home. This is especially true if you have lived there for a long time.
There is a Difference Between a House and a Home
When you make a house your home, it holds many of your memories and it becomes a part of your identity. I cannot say it is going to be easy to sell the house where you have so many cherished memories.
You will go through a period of transition when selling your home, which can be mentally and emotionally tiring. So I understand that it going to be hard to sell your home on a emotional level. You just need to understand that when it it is time to move, you have to let go of the past.
Easy to Say But Hard to Do
While it may be hard to control your emotions, it is something you MUST do. If you are too emotionally attached to your home, then it can make it difficult to sell. Emotions can prevent you from thinking logically. Which can lead you to thinking your home is worth more than than it really is.
How To Deal With Emotions When Selling a Home
Here are some tips for emotionally detaching from your home so that it is easier to sell:
Remove Your Personal Items
I am sure you have heard that removing your personal items is so the buyer can imagine your home as their new house. But the OTHER reason is that taking any of your personal items out of the house will make it easier for you to start making the transition.
If you can remove your family photos, keepsakes and personal items, it is a subtle way to make selling less emotionally stressful for you.
Think About the Future Not the Past
Looking forward and NOT focusing on the past is a MUST! Even if you haven’t already bought your next home, it’s time to start thinking about it. This is something else that is easier said than done but it must be done. It takes time but you can transfer that emotional connection you feel about your current home to your next home.
Start thinking positively about the things about living in your new home.
But Don’t Forget the Past
While this sounds counterproductive, you need to take some time to get some last mementos of your home. Take photos and even make a video of your old home before you move – so that you can always remember where you used to live.
Get An Completely Unbiased Opinion
One of the benefits of using a REALTOR is our ability to look at your home with unbiased eyes to let you know what you should change to help it sell faster. You may be tempted to rely on friends or family but it is very likely they will not be 100% honest because they don’t want to hurt your feelings.
Your REALTOR will be looking at your home in an unemotional manner with a focus on the facts. They will use their experience & knowledge to see all the things that you cannot because of your emotional attachment.
The Take Away
I cannot and will not say that it is going to be easy to conquer your emotions when selling your home. These tips will help you to sell your house without your emotions causing problems. I will totally understand if you shed a tear as you drive away for the last time.
But I hope you will have a big smile as you wake up after spending your first night in your new home!