Did you know that selling your house is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever experience in your life? It’s actually thought to be more stressful than having a child!
If you’re already going through the process of selling your house, you’ll probably know how stressful it is, but what you may not know is how to cope with that raised blood pressure, anxiety and constant worry. Read these five tips to make the process easier on yourself, and on the people closest to you!

  1. Make some early decisions

Making some important decisions right at the beginning of the process can help to keep stress levels to a minimum. For instance, discuss and agree upon your lowest selling price. Decide if you’re going to sell any possessions with the property, and if so, how much do you want to sell them for? Are you going to rent somewhere if your next property isn’t immediately available? Knowing answers to these things will help you to feel more in control, and give you fewer things to ponder later down the line.

  1. Prepare as much documentation as possible

Next, get your admin in order. Selling a house involves a great deal of paperwork, and sometimes you’ll need to be ready to present all those documents at very short notice if you’re selling on a tight timeline, or have an offer that’s simply too good to miss. Get in contact with your solicitor, find your mortgage documents, and be certain you have copies of title deeds, energy performance certificates, planning permission documents, gas safety inspection certifications and a proof of boiler servicing certificate, to name but a few things!

  1. Remember it’s not all about money

It’s important you secure a fair price for your property, but there are a few other values that should be coming into play if you want to make a low-stress sale. Chief among these is ensuring you have the right buyer for your property: a first time buyer may be able to exchange and complete quickly, and if they have a mortgage in principle you’ll know they can at least afford to buy your property. So, ask questions about the buyer, and use their answers to help you to figure out whether or not they fit with your timeline for selling.
The right buyer will offer you peace of mind, as well as the right price.

  1. Try to keep your house ‘ten minutes away’ from being clean

One of the low-level (but perpetual) stresses of selling a home is the need to keep your home viewing-ready at all times. You never know when a buyer might want to look around, so take the stress out of it by sticking to a cleaning rota while your house is on the market. Clean and vacuum the floors twice a week, deep clean the bathroom once a week, and keep on top of the dishes and laundry pile everyday. This way, you can just give your property a quick tidy-up and wipe-down if you get a last minute request. If you want some advice on how to do this, have a look at this helpful article.

  1. If you don’t know what to do, do nothing

Finally, selling your house is inevitably going to mean making some tough calls. Will you accept a lower offer in exchange for the right buyer at the right time? Or are you going to hold out for the maximum asking price, trusting in the valuation and knowing that it’s worth sticking to your guns? Whatever the case, reduce your stress by deciding to sleep on issues you’re undecided about. If you don’t know what to do, do nothing – issues might seem less urgent in the morning, and a little bit of time might provide you with a chance to see the right option more clearly.

What do you think of these tips for reducing the stress of selling your home? Have you heard any other recommendations that might work for you?

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