By Katie Wainman | August 4, 2020
It is no secret that we are currently living in uneasy times. 2020 keeps placing hurdles in front of us and it can be hard to keep up. Despite these obstacles, we have learned that the real estate market is still going strong. Inventory is low, but the demand for housing is high, meaning that it is actually a great time to sell!
Although it is a seller's market, we understand that selling a home can come with an abundance of unwanted stress. Navigating the real estate world can be tricky, but you do not have to do it alone and the reward often outweighs the hardships. Here are four ways you can easily manage the pesky burdens that come with selling a home.
1. Choose the right agent
This might seem obvious, but it is important to note. Your listing agent will be your trusted source for information and will guide you through this process. You do not want to put your home on the market and then realize that your agent is not as helpful as you thought they would be.
Conducting interviews with prospective agents can be a great opportunity to ask the hard-hitting questions and figure out your compatibility. You can also search for agent testimonials, or ask your agent directly for past references that you can contact. By taking the time to find the right agent, you will already be cutting down your future stress level.
2. Mentally prepare for mishaps
Before you put your home on the market, it can be a good idea to accept that not everything will go exactly as planned. Hopefully, there will not be any major obstacles on the yellow brick real estate road, but do not beat yourself up if something does go wrong. Maybe your home is not going to sell as soon as you thought it would, or a last-minute showing has to happen that you did not have on your schedule. The best you can do is to give yourself some wiggle room when it comes to your home selling plans.
3. Establish a system for easy showings
It is important to stage and clean your home to prepare for open houses and private showings. A "photo shoot ready" home is definitely not easy to maintain if you are still living there.
To make these preparations a little easier on yourself, keep some decorative storage units in your home that you can quickly hide personal items in before a showing. Make sure that you also have an assortment of easy-to-use cleaning supplies, such as wipes and dusters, for quick touchups of your home's surfaces. Overall, it is best to build the habit of not letting messes accumulate in your home. Do what you can to avoid going into panic mode when you learn that a potential buyer will be coming over the next morning.
4. Take a break
Selling a house is a big deal, but you should not let it consume all of your time. Again, let your trusted agent do some of the worrying for you.
It is completely okay to take a break from the constant cleaning, staging and meetings with inspectors. Have a movie night, go to your favorite restaurant or take a weekend trip with the family. Taking a break can give you a fresh mind and put you back on the right track to selling. Your mental and physical health should always be your top priority.
Are you looking for more advice during the buying or selling process? Visit www.crye-leike.com/blogs for more real estate tips and tricks!
ABOUT CRYE-LEIKE: Crye-Leike Real Estate Services (www.crye-leike.com), a full service real estate company for over 40 years, is ranked as the third largest independently owned real estate firm in the nation and the largest serving Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and the Mid-South. Crye-Leike has more than 3,200 sales associates, over 800 employees and 140+ company-owned and franchise offices spread across nine states. It generated $6.5 billion in sales volume and 29,925 closed transaction sides corporate wide in 2019 - its biggest year ever - and is on track to achieve the company's goal of $6.8 billion in sales volume this year.