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Home selling self care for home sellers

Self-Care for Home Sellers

Preparing to sell a home can often feel like one is being asked to scrub themselves out of their own lives. Reading through the articles on this site, for instance, could definitely lead one to the conclusion that their home must exclude all evidence of themselves if they are to actually complete a sale. The prospect of selling a home under these conditions becomes not only daunting but also a bit demoralizing as one begins to remove all the traces of their own lives in order to clear the space for the imaginations of future inhabitants.

Today, we want to address this element of home-selling. Namely, we want to give you reassurance that, A) you are not erasing yourself by staging a home, and B) not every element of your existence must be removed in order to make a successful sale.

The fact of the matter is that most of us are still living in the homes we are attempting to sell. Therefore, when it comes to preparing the space for potential buyers, the best you can do is literally just that: the best you can do. Does the idea of removing all the pictures from the wall fill you with despair? Then only take down some of them. Is there a doorway you can’t think of repainting because it’s where you’ve measured your children as they grown? Leave it. Yes, it is great to be able to set up a home like an IKEA showroom, but the vast majority of us are simply not going to be able to do this and, despite how it might come across after reading home-selling blogs, the vast majority of people looking to purchase homes are aware of that fact.

A possible mantra as you go through the home-selling process could be, “I will do the best that I can.” Certainly, your home might look more appealing with a fresh coat of paint on all the walls. And it is also true that the extent of preparation you put in prior to showing the home will very likely translate into monetary value at the time of the sale. However, your sanity is also a part of the equation.

When you begin preparing your home for viewings, tackle the projects that seem manageable. There will probably be some things that you don’t get to, and that is okay. Your life, like all of ours, is more valuable than a perfectly staged interior.

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  • Rich was very helpful in selling our home. Always willing to offer opinions and solutions as we went thru the sales process. He was always available to answer questions. I highly recommend him to help buy or sell your home.

    M Burgess

  • My house was listed and sold in under a week – and the process was easy. Rich’s assistant Stormy was amazing and was always quick to respond to any of my questions. They took care of everything for me.

    K Blummer

  • We found ourselves in a sticky situation, already under contract with a buyer, and then there was a horrible weather event that could have destroyed the sale. Rich was there to hold all the pieces together, and did so much work on all our parts to make sure the deal stayed together. I don’t think we would have sold without him. Rich is a national treasure!

    Diane and Steve

  • Rich sold our house in 5 days and above asking price! We were pleasantly surprised and thankful for the quick sale, and we know it was due to his expertise and negotiation skills. Additionally, his associate, Michelle Rottach, was incredibly helpful in our search for our new house. Her patience, advice, and expertise was critical to helping us find a forever home that we love. I highly recommend their team to anyone looking to buy or sell!

    D Ramos

5 reasons to partner with Rich Bassford

  1. Consistently one of the Top Selling Agents in QC
  2. Successfully completed over 1400 transactions in his career.
  3. Calculates the ideal sale price to meet your expectations and attract buyers.
  4. Brings interested buyers to your doorstep.
  5. Maximizes your home’s visibility online and through his network of agents.