Tips for Reducing Stress When Selling your House
Selling your home has always been a stressful experience, but in today's current
housing market, the prospect of trying to sell your home can bring on high levels of anxiety. There
can be significant dangers to this type of anxiety; not only to your health; but ultimately to the
prospect of actually selling your home. It is not uncommon for sellers who find themselves overly
anxious about the sale of their home to undermine the deal entirely. In most such cases, anxious
sellers tend to insist upon a price that is above the property's market value. Pricing a home too
high, especially in the existing market can often turn buyers away. Losing sight of reality is a
common problem in a buyer's market where sellers are often fearful that their homes will either
never sell or sell at a price they consider to be too low. This tends to be a particular problem
for homeowners that have very little or no equity at all in their homes.
Such fears do not stop once a deal has been brokered for the home either. An increasing
number of real estate agents are reporting that sellers remain fearful and often obsess that a deal could
fall through at the last minute for a variety of reasons, including problems with financing. Of course,
these are all very real concerns, but such fears can be taxing for both sellers as well as real estate
Another common problem that many realtors are seeing is the tendency of sellers to obsess
over making repairs and changes to their homes in a bid to attract more buyers. There is no getting around
the fact that buyers today are very selective and can certainly afford to do so considering the number of
homes on the market. Even so, obsessing over small details can be counter-productive.
So, how does a seller manage to remain calm in a market that is flooded with options and
lukewarm buyers are looking for below market prices? One of the best pieces of advice sellers can follow
is to be selective about where they receive their news. The word on the street is often filled with reports
of gloom and doom about the housing market. If a seller listens to everyone they come into contact with about
the real estate market, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. The best course of action is to educate yourself
about the facts regarding your current market and rely on the advice of people with actual experience and not
the advice of family, friends and neighbors. If you have questions or concerns, ask your real estate agent.
Even get a second opinion from another real estate agent, if it makes you feel better, but don't allow yourself
to get caught up in reports that are typically unfounded.
Stress can also often be combated by creating an action plan to help you deal with it. Make sure
you have a back-up plan in place. For instance, if your greatest concern is that your home won't sell by the time
you need to relocate for a new job, look at alternate options, such as converting it into a rental property. While
that might not be the most ideal solution, if your home hasn't sold by the time you need to move, this can buy you
some time and ensure the mortgage is covered.
Lack of sleep is extremely common among many sellers these days, who often lie awake at night
worrying over the sale of their home. Such lack of sleep can interfere with your work and even harm your health,
creating even more stress. To avoid such problems, try to avoid taking about the sale of your home late at night.
Focus on such matters during the daytime. Regardless of the amount of emotion you might have invested in your home,
when it comes down to it, the sale of your home is still a business transaction and should be handled such.
Make it a point to spend some time focusing on activities that are relaxing and calming and that
will also get your mind off your worries regarding your home's sale. Watch a comedy or take a walk. Spend some
quality time with friends and family. Treat yourself to a relaxing and enjoyable dinner out from time to time.
The sale of your home may be important, but it shouldn't come at the cost of your physical or mental health.