You’ve lived in your Saline home or condo for a long time. You’re thinking that it’s time to sell and move on, but you don’t do anything, because it’s emotional to leave your home!
What should you do?
Many of us have a deep emotional tie to our home. It’s where you’ve raised your kids, where you’ve seen them skin their knees learning to ride a bike, and it’s where you still have the pencil marks on a wall showing their height at various ages.
Those emotional ties are both a wonderful blessing, and an insidious curse.
A blessing because of the fabulous memories.
A curse because they can tie you up from moving forward when you need to, and they can cloud your vision when making hard decisions about your home.
So how can you lessen the emotional impact when it comes time to sell?
First, recognize that both selling and buying a home is an emotional process. Just by recognizing that you might get emotional is a huge first step in being able to effectively deal with the conflicting emotions that might come along.
Next, make sure that you REALLY are ready to sell. The more openly you can talk about it with family and trusted friends, the more you’ll be able to keep your emotions in control throughout the process. Ask your family and friends if they agree with your thoughts that it’s time to sell, and seek their support through the process.
Finally, once you know that you’re really ready to sell, begin the process of looking at your house as a product to be marketed and sold – because that’s what it truly is (yes, I know that sounds harsh). There’s no other way around it.
Here’s an insight into how can your emotions cloud your vision when making hard decisions about your home: You probably will place a high “sentimental” value on your house, which virtually NO buyers will be interested in. This will cause you to price your home above market value, and above what most buyers will even consider. That will insure that your home will be on the market much longer than typical, which will only prolong your agony over selling your home in the first place.
When you seek out a Realtor® to assist with your home sale, be sure that you are totally comfortable with your agent. A professional Realtor® will be sensitive to your emotional ties to your home, and they should always have an ear to hear your concerns, and a shoulder to cry on if needed.
After all, it’s emotional to sell your home!
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Ann Arbor is only 10-minutes away, where you’ll find the University of Michigan campus, Briarwood mall, Hill Auditorium (for World-class musical performances), and the Ann Arbor Art Fairs in the summer.
If you have questions about your specific situation, or if you’re considering buying or selling any Saline real estate, you owe it to yourself to take advantage of my experience in the Saline market. I’d be happy to meet with you! Just give me a call at (734) 476-2063, or send an e-mail, “Vance (at) SalineMichiganRealEstate (dot) com”.