Selling a property really is quite stressful by its very nature. When someone views your property, you wait to see if they’re going to make an offer. With lots of toing and froing and viewings and offers and triumphs and disappointments over time, it’s very easy to become a bit over-cautious and feel like the slightest move you make might cause a fragile situation to break, despite much of the process being out of your control.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a few thoughts on ways you can reduce your stress levels when selling your home.
Keep an open mind
As we’ve alluded to above, the whole process will have a multitude of highs and lows, before the end goal of selling your property. People need time to make their decision when it comes to buying – buying property is the biggest purchase most people will ever make – so you need to stay flexible. It’s okay to follow-up and chase during the selling process if you feel you need to but being on high alert all the time isn’t good for anyone. Go with the flow, and you’ll find yourself staying on an even keel.
Have a good sort out
Decluttering is not only essential for getting your property in tip-top condition to be photographed and viewings, it will also reduce your stress levels when packing your belongings to move home. Donate or throw away your unwanted items at the beginning of the process, and you’ll be saving yourself time and tears towards the end.
Have a break
You’ll find people are constantly asking you questions about the status of your sale. ‘Have you had any more viewings?’, ‘Has anyone put an offer in?’, ‘Have you been given a completion date yet?’. This is great at the start when it feels like the beginning of an exciting adventure, but after some weeks of ups and downs and your house consuming every one of your waking thoughts (and probably some of your dreams as well!) you will reach a point where you’re fed up of talking about it. This is when it’s good to plan some time away from your house and packing. Whether you enjoy going out on bike rides, taking a trip to the cinema, or even fancy a full weekend away, giving yourself some distance will help reduce your stress levels when selling your home.
Look after yourself
Letting yourself become completely taken over by moving house can be really stressful. Not eating properly, not sleeping, and becoming dehydrated will make you feel even worse during your days of waiting for the sale to go through. With that in mind, ensure you’re well rested, well fed, and are drinking enough water during the day. Remember that selling your house is a marathon, not a sprint, and you want to be in your best possible condition at the end in order to enjoy your new home.
Are you looking to sell your home in East Horsley or Ripley? Get in touch to find out how we support sellers through the process of selling their homes, in order to ensure minimal stress.