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7 Holistic Pillars to Practice While Selling Your Home

Selling a home is a significant life event that involves more than just putting a 'For Sale' sign on your lawn. It requires careful planning, picking the right team, emotional preparation, and practical steps to ensure a smooth transition. To navigate this process with confidence and peace of mind, consider these seven holistic pillars:

  1. Assess Your Desired Outcome: Before diving into the selling process, take the time to envision your goals and desired outcomes. Ask yourself questions such as: Why are you selling? What price do you hope to achieve? What timing do you have in mind? What type of Realtor do you wish to work with? Understanding your objectives will guide your decisions and help you focus on what matters most.


2.     Prepack/Cleanse Your Home of Unwanted Items: Decluttering is essential in preparing your home for sale. Start by pre-packing personal belongings, such as family photos, seasonal clothing that won’t be needed, memorabilia, and other items you won't need until after the move. This not only helps create a sense of spaciousness but also allows potential buyers to envision themselves living in the space. Donate or discard items you no longer need or want, and consider hiring a professional organizer if you're feeling overwhelmed.


3.     Prep for Sale: Once your home is decluttered, it's time to focus on enhancing its appeal to potential buyers. Make any necessary repairs or improvements to ensure your home is in top condition. This may include painting walls, updating fixtures, or helping with curb appeal.  Think spa-like when selling by using the 5 senses when staging. Sight, smell, touch, taste, and hear. Your home should be visually appealing, and smell good- I find subtle organic scents like cinnamon or mint essential oils are best. Having soft music playing during open houses is a nice touch to put buyers in a calm, welcoming state. Thinking of leaving a small gesture like cookies, candy or just bottled water for buyer showings makes buyers feel comfortable. The more comfortable they feel in the home, the more likely they’ll be to make an offer.


4.     Team Support: Selling a home can be a complex process, so don't hesitate to enlist the help of professionals. The first step is to hire a real estate agent who understands your goals and desired outcome, a home inspector to identify any potential issues before listing, and a lawyer to review contracts and paperwork. Don't forget cleaners, packers, and a handy person to give you a hand when needed. Surround yourself with a team of experts who can provide support and expertise every step of the way.


5.     Take a Holiday: This might sound odd but you’ve already come a long way. Getting your home ready for sale can be time-consuming and stressful. I encourage my clients to leave for a weekend getaway to recharge and relax during the first weekend of showings which is usually very busy. I encourage my clients to leave during each showing anyway so why not make it a little weekend retreat? It is essential to prioritize self-care throughout the process. Use this time to decompress, spend time with loved ones, and focus on activities that bring you joy and relaxation.


6.     Prep for Your New Journey: Selling your home marks the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new exciting one. Once the house is sold it’s time to pack the rest of your belongings, donate some, sell, or give away to loved ones. This time can be very cathartic and seeing items you haven’t seen in a long time, old photographs, gifts, and other sentimental things can be very emotional. Whether you're moving to a new city, or downsizing to a smaller home, use this transition period to reflect on the good and only bring the items that will best serve your next chapter of life.


7.     Ask for Help: Finally, don't be afraid to ask for help. Selling a home can be overwhelming, but you don't have to go through it alone. Sharing this moment with friends or family going through old photos or gifting items to them, will help you pass on some joyful memories these possessions hold and can even bring you closer to those that you love. Reach out to friends, family, or support groups for guidance, advice, and emotional support as well. Remember that it's okay to lean on others during this time of transition.

In conclusion, selling your home is a multifaceted process that requires careful planning, emotional preparation, and practical steps. By considering these seven holistic pillars – assessing your desired outcome, pre-packing/cleansing your home, prepping for sale, seeking team support, taking a holiday, prepping for your new journey, and asking for help – you can navigate the selling process with confidence and ease.

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