A Cheatsheet for Buying & Selling Your Home with Less Stress

A Cheatsheet for Buying & Selling Your Home with Less Stress

  • The Semple Hettrich Team
  • 09/7/22

While buying or selling your home can be a complicated process, the Semple Hettrich Team is here to help. Here’s a quick guide with some tips to make your experience easier.

Create your real estate goals

To start, you’ll need to figure out what your goals are for your real estate venture. When do you need to sell your home? When do you need to move by? What neighborhood are you looking to move to and how far apart are your two homes? What are some non-negotiables you’re looking for in a new home and what’s your budget? Figure out your big picture first in order to move forward with selling and buying a new home with a purpose.

Organize and declutter your home

When selling your home, it’s important to put your best foot forward without investing too much additional money into the property. Now isn’t the time for costly renovations, but it is time to spruce up the house. You want your property looking its best, with great curb appeal and an attractive interior that buyers could really see themselves in. Start by decluttering the house and donating any items you may no longer need. Professionally clean the floors and put a new coat of paint on any walls that might look a little lackluster. The outside of the house is just important as the inside for that all-alluring curb appeal. Tidy up any landscaping and pressure wash the driveways and exterior of the house to keep it looking fresh and intriguing for potential buyers.

Hire a realtor

One of the most important steps in buying and selling a home is hiring a realtor. Realtors are licensed professionals that are certified through the National Association of Realtors and are held to a strict code of ethics to help you find the best deal and navigate the real estate system. Although it can be tempting to DIY the sale and purchase of a home, real estate comes with lots of paperwork, stressful negotiations, and legal jargon that is best left to the professionals. A quality realtor in your area can help you navigate these challenges with ease.

In addition, your realtor is always working for you and looking for listings that fit your needs and budget. They often have access to listings that are not yet posted to the public and can get you in to see properties sooner. Realtors can help walk you through the technical aspects of creating a listing for your old home, marketing it, putting in an offer, and moving money to escrow when you finally find the home of your dreams. Sudbury real estate is exclusive, private, and can be daunting to navigate without a professional in your corner. Hiring a real estate agent will ensure that you’re getting the best deal on your current home and are easily able to find your next move.

Prepare for showings

After your realtor helps you establish a price and lists the house you need to be prepared for showings. Showings can increase stress for any seller, as strangers are often coming and going and inspecting the house. It can help to have a routine for this to easily get the house back into showcase-worthy status. Consider making a checklist of tasks to complete before a potential buyer arrives. Some action items may include putting dishes in the dishwasher, closing closet doors, tucking away personal items and clutter, and generally making the home show worthy again. Having a quick checklist and protocol will reduce stress and make showings a part of your routine until your house is sold.

Manage expectations

The real estate market can fluctuate and it's important to be able to manage expectations. Create a plan with your realtor as to what you might do if your house takes a long time to sell, or sells suddenly. If you find the house of your dreams will you be able to move on it while your current home is still on the market? These are important questions to tackle together and having answers already discussed will help you manage expectations as you experience the ups and downs of real estate.

Practice self-care

The real estate process of buying and selling a home is stressful. There’s lots of work to be done, money at stake, and important choices to make often. It’s important during this time to practice self-care and take time for yourself. It can be tempting to constantly look at listings and review potential matches. However, it’s important to take time to power down at the end of the day and take a break from the process of buying and selling a home. Make sure that you eat well, sleep enough, get regular exercise and incorporate joy into your life that doesn’t revolve around the home.

The Semple Hettrich Team Sudbury, MA

The Semple Hettrich Team in Sudbury, MA is here to help you with the all-important process of buying and selling a home in Sudbury and neighboring areas. One of the most important steps you can take to reduce stress during this process is to hire a high-quality realtor, and the Semple Hettrich Team has several. Beth Hettrich is an award-winning realtor who has been in the field for over twenty years and is ready to take on the challenge of buying and selling a home together. If you’re looking to reduce your stress, sell your home, and find the home of your dreams, The Semple Hettrich Team is ready to help you find Sudbury, MA homes for sale.

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