For many people, deciding whether or not to sell their home is a major decision. So, it’s not unusual to feel some apprehension. In fact, you might even become totally stressed out!
Big decisions, like listing your property, can be hard. But, fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make the decision easier and the experience a lot less stressful.
One technique that psychologists are almost unanimous in recommending is to get the decision out of your head and onto paper (or screen.) When a decision lives too long in your imagination, it tends to grow into a monster. But, when you jot down your thoughts and feelings about the decision, it instantly becomes less daunting and more manageable.
Another technique that works well is to get more facts. Anxiety thrives in uncertainty. So, find out what you need to know. For example, find out what your property is likely to sell for on today’s market. If you’re also buying, check out what homes in neighborhoods you’re targeting are selling for right now. Those two nuggets of information alone will reduce the stress of making the decision.
Another technique that psychologists recommend is to question your apprehension. Ask yourself, “Is this stress justified based on facts?” Say, for example, you’re concerned that your property won’t sell. But, if homes in your area are selling within 30 days, on average, then you know the stress isn’t justified. Remind yourself of that, and the anxiety will diminish.
Finally, it’s all-too-human to dwell on a negative. Dwelling is actually difficult to stop. So, don’t. Instead, “dwell” on a positive. For example, focus on what it’s going to be like to move into your next dream home.