Let’s face it, in most cases you bought your home to raise your family and to take refuge from the day to day grind of life. It is your oasis where you invite friends and family to enjoy life with you. It is a reflection of you and your family.
When the time comes to sell, all types of emotional factors come into play, and you may not be ready to let go of the hold your home has on you. Starting again in a new home, which is invariably in a new area, brings about thoughts of whether your new home will bring you the happiness and contentment you are after? What will the area / street be like, will there be a sense of community? Will your neighbours be friendly and welcoming? Will it suit your current aspirations?
You may be moving to be closer to work, or have a bigger garden for the kids, or even downsizing if your children have moved out. This great article by Matthew Kassel explains the psychological side in more detail http://on.wsj.com/2n2gFqa
There are so many factors to consider, and even downplaying the emotional attachment, will selling your current home bring you closer to your objective?
When it comes to selling, you need to be prepared to hear certain aspects that you don’t like. For example, it is not worth the money you are asking. Remember that you may feel that your home is worth so much more than what the market will pay, and a lot of times that can come as a shock.
With all these factors, it is important to work with an agent who you can build a rapport with. Someone who takes your needs and wants into consideration, but who will also be honest and forthcoming with information regarding the sale of your home. Ensure you choose an agent who knows the market and understands what you realistically want from the sale of your home. It should be a time of excitement and of new beginnings about to take place, so make sure you take that journey with someone who you can relate to.
Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home – Matsuo Basho