The decision to sell your home can come with a mixed bag of emotions. There is uncertainty and fear about how quickly your home will sell and for what dollar amount. There may be guilt about leaving behind family, friends, or neighbors. You may also feel anxiety about what is to come.
A less than stellar market has done little to ease these jitters. Many would-be sellers have even decided to forgo moves for fear that now isn’t the time to sell.
Many others who have made the leap are ruled by emotions of sadness or regret. How does one let go of a home where so many memories were made?
The answer is in the attitude. It’s not about letting go. It’s about moving forward.
In order to let go of the negative feelings you have about the selling process there are a few crucial steps to take.
First, be resolute about your decision. If we allow ourselves to go back and forth between “I should” and “I shouldn’t”, you’ll always have uncertainty.
Second, remember that memories aren’t housed in the walls of your home; they live inside your mind. Those last a lifetime! Plus, take lots of pictures and video to document what life was like in your old home.
Third, talk about your decision. Bottling or resisting emotions can simply make them more pronounced.
Next, be willing to compromise. Today’s sellers are finding tougher conditions. There are lots of homes on the market and that means more competition.
Finally, refocus your attention on the fact that you’re moving on to a new phase in life! Published: October 25, 2011