Buying or selling a home can be the best of times or the worst of times. It's exciting and it's frustrating. Then on top of all of this there is the move... the dreaded moving of all of your belonging from one house to another. Where do you begin? Stressed out? Sure. But you don't have to be. This is especially important and true in the environment we are in today, with the global economy turned upside down, massive job losses, and the need for extreme social distancing due to the Corona Virus, which causes the COVID-19 disease.
To help you deal with the stress of a move, we have developed 4 key areas to focus on.
This is part of a continuing series of articles and helpful tips and insights into help you you're your home by Nick Santoro and Joe Santoro of Personal Property Managers. Personal Property Managers specializes in real estate sales and marketing, home downsizing, content clean out and removal and estate sales, and services Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
1. Consider the source. Do you have a lot of arm chair quarterback experts in your life? You know what I mean...the type that never really does anything but often espouses all sorts of wisdom... you should do this or that? This is especially true with real estate, especially when people find out you are buying or selling, everyone you know becomes a real estate expert. From your best friend to your boss to your next door neighbor, everyone knows what your house is worth and which property you should buy. It's important to take all these opinions, solicited and unsolicited, with a grain of salt. In the end, listen to your realtor. He or she is the one who is experienced and knows the market. A realtor, your true local expert should be your go-to person, not your best friend.
2. Don't rush into it. Where do you begin? Stop spinning your wheels. You don't have to do everything at once. This is not a race. Take the time to prepare your home to look its absolute best before you put it on the market. Take the time to get educated as to which town you really want to live in. This is a long-term investment, and you need to feel comfortable and ready for this change. Otherwise, it can become an extremely unpleasant experience
3. Admit it...Moving is stressful. Deal with it. Accept it. We all know that, but until you are actually in the middle of a move do you realize, perhaps for the first time how overwhelming a move can be. The good news is that it doesn't have to be. Most moves occur during some time of transition or a special event in our lives. The most common time to move is when you are getting married, seeking a divorce, having a child, changing a job, or dealing with a death in the family. So many things are going on during times like these that a home purchase or sale is only part of the equation. Research shows that moving is one of the top 10 most stressful events you can experience. Now add another life-changing event into the mix, and you have a recipe for even more stress. Knowing that you are going to experience some stress can actually make you feel more comfortable with the process. Understanding these emotions can make it easier to sort through reasonable, and unreasonable, thoughts and help bring clarity to your decision-making. As Realtors, we deal with this all the time.
4. Did you do your homework. Find a great realtor. Having excellent representation can alleviate all types of stress. If you team up with a experienced agent, he or she will keep you informed as to what you need to do and what you can expect. A good realtor will help you find the best homes or the most qualified buyers.
Realtors do this for a living. You wouldn't build a home without a qualified contractor; don't try to buy or sell a home without a qualified agent. You have no idea how much it will cost you in the long run in money, time, and stress.
Buying or selling a home can be exciting. It usually signifies a fresh, new chapter in your life. You just have to know what you are getting into.
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