Moving can be incredibly stressful. There are new schools and shops to assess, new friends to make, and big decisions around the buying and selling process that seem to overtake every aspect of life. However, the home selling process doesn’t need to be overwhelming.
With a bit of optimism and a shift in your perspective, you can easily make selling your home a fun time (for the entire family).
Make It Feel Like A Creative Project
There are many legal procedures and complex issues surrounding property sales. For example, you may need to consult with conveyancing lawyers and accountants and make adult decisions about what you’re going to do and the steps to get there.
And while the entire affair seems daunting, you can relieve some stress by making everything feel like a creative project or challenge. For example, homes sell quicker when presented creatively on real estate sites like WilliamPitt.com. So, you could invest in a DSLR camera and learn to shoot interiors and exteriors, or hire someone to help you put together a compelling listing and write-up.
You could even take things a step further, and push yourself to learn image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop (a rather addictive hobby once you get started).
Document Your Memories
If you lived in your property for an extended period, you have probably made many great memories there! The first photograph you placed on the wall, the red wine stain under the rug, the dirt tracked in from your puppy, the markings for your children’s height each year. . . there are special memories! And now you have a chance to document and celebrate them!
Although you are leaving the first place you called your home, here are a few things you can do:
- Take pictures of special memories so that you can save, print, or share them digitally
- Make a scrapbook of the photos from your walls or plan ways to hang pictures differently in your new home
- Create intentional time in your schedule for a family ‘story time’ night to share favorite memories from the house
Memories like these are timeless and a part of your life, and taking them with you means you can treasure them forever.
Get the Kids Involved
Your home is your most significant financial investment, but the sentimental investment mostly grows on your children.
The home you are putting up for sale is their home, too. So, they might want to get involved in documenting some of the memories they helped create! You can, for example, show your children how to use a DSLR correctly with the intent of expanding their interests in photography and capturing special times in their home. You can also ask your child to weigh in on design or décor in your new home, or even give them ownership of their own rooms and play areas!
Experiment with Décor
A complete redecoration or remodel isn’t warranted when looking to sell. However, you can increase the chances of a quick sale by touching up some problem areas. For example, door frames, walls, and flooring are a potential buyer’s most noticed aspects of a home, so if it’s possible to do some upgrades (cleaning or deep cleaning, fixing scratches, or a fresh coat of paint), it may help!
However, a small redecorating project also allows you to experiment with the décor for your new home. For example, you can check color combinations while decorating or try out trending styles such as color blocking.
The idea is to leave your home in great shape while getting excited for what’s to come in your new place!
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