How to Emotionally Detach from Your Home When Selling
Selling a home has its ups and downs. It’s exciting to move forward and start fresh in a new place, but leaving behind what you’ve known can bring up a lot of emotions. To sell your home, it’s necessary to make some changes to get it ready for the market. This can be difficult for some sellers who have trouble detaching from the memories when they have to pack things up and de-personalize the décor.
If you are experiencing some trouble getting over this emotional burden, here are some tips to help you move forward with a positive outlook and do what you need to do to get the most money for your property.
Emotionally Detaching from Your Home to Sell It
Think of your home as a product
Selling a home is the same as selling any other product. It needs to be appealing to the target market otherwise, buyers will move on to a competitor that does appeal to them. Making changes such as neutralizing the color palette and decluttering shelves and surfaces is not a personal commentary on your decorating. It’s simply a marketing strategy to broaden the home’s appeal. When you start looking at your home as a product that needs to attract the widest number of buyers possible, it becomes a lot easier to make decisions like taking down family photos and removing personalized décor.
Keep in mind all that you have to gain
Staging your home helps you sell it faster and for more money. The faster you sell your home, the sooner you can move on to the next chapter in your life and get past the inconvenience of having your home on the market. And of course, who doesn’t want to get top dollar for it? When the emotions start to creep in about making changes and packing things away, remind yourself what you have to gain by doing so. Think about moving into your new home and all the money you’ll have in the bank.
Remember that your home and belongings are just objects
Your home and the items and décor that are in it are not you or your family – they’re just objects. It’s natural to become attached to them and project sentimental memories onto them, but at the end of the day, they aren’t what’s important. What is important is moving you and your family into the next chapter of your lives.
Take plenty of photos
Before you start decluttering and doing any kind of staging, take plenty of photos (and maybe even some video) of your home as you’ve been living in it. Once you do start making changes and eventually move, you’ll have the photos and videos to look back on with fondness.