Let’s face it. Selling your home is as much an emotional decision as it is a practical one.
Sure, in some ways, a property is a “product”. You want to sell that product quickly and for the best price, so you can buy your next dream home.
A home, however, is also a place filled with memories and emotional attachments. You’ll think of the rec room where the kids’ birthday parties were held; the dining room where you had countless family dinners; and the backyard deck where many afternoons were spent enjoying the sunshine.
That’s why managing the emotional side of selling your home is so important. Here are some tips:
- Have your kids draw pictures of the fun they’ll have in their new home.
- Remind your kids that they’ll be able to stay in touch with their old friends, while making new ones.
- Visit the areas where you’d like to find your next home. Walk around. Get a sense of what it’s going to be like to live there.
- Consider taking a keepsake with you from your old home to help ease the transition.
In the nautical world of pleasure boating, there is a specific process to follow to ensure a fun day on the water. Skip one of those steps and you risk having a miserable experience.
The same holds true when buying a new home. There is a process to follow to ensure everything goes smoothly. Here are the basics.
Find a good real estate professional. Preferably someone who knows the area.
Determine what you can afford. Get a pre-approved mortgage.
Make a wish list. What kind of home are you looking for? View the right properties. Pick those that closely match the criteria on your wish list.
Make an offer. Your real estate professional can help you make an offer that gets you the home you want at the right price.
Get a home inspection. This is a must.
Get the paperwork done. Your real estate professional, lawyer and lender will typically handle all the transaction paperwork for you.
Prepare for the move. Find a good mover. Don’t forget to arrange for telephone, internet, change of address and other details.
Follow this process and your move should be smooth sailing.