Selling a home is just one of those experiences you’ve got to go through to truly understand—it’s a lot more involved, emotional, and exasperating than you might think.

In an effort to prepare folks for this process—or at least help you laugh and nod if you’re already in the thick of things—check out these moments that will strike a chord with any seller who’s been there, done that, and lived to tell the tale.

1. Excuse me, you want me to clean/paint/remove what?

It may be hard to hear negative criticism of your house from your agent, but this is an inherent part of selling a home. Indeed, you might think that each complaint—no matter how small—is a blow to your design aesthetic, or a knock on how well you’ve maintained the property. But the reality is this info can help you sell your home.

For example, if your agent says that your house is too cluttered or that the carpet needs to be cleaned, those are things that you can address. You wanted to sell this place, right?

2. ‘Do I really have to leave when the buyer gets here?’ Last-minute showing requests are a natural part of the home-selling experience. You could get a phone call from your agent saying that you have just five minutes before a potential buyer arrives. Regrettably, some sellers make the mistake of sticking around the house for showings, but that’s a huge mistake.

If you want to give your home maximum exposure, you have to be prepared to step out at a moment’s notice. This also entails keeping your home relatively clean, since you may not have time to tidy up before a buyer shows up.

3. Why didn’t that buyer show up?

Sadly, no-shows are yet another common experience people have when selling their home. From my experience with home buyers, I can say that no-shows (or last-minute cancellations) aren’t personal. The important thing to remember as a home seller: Don’t take no-shows personally.

4. My home doesn’t feel like home anymore

You might have to move some of your items to storage as part of staging the home. Once you’ve taken these things out of your house, you might feel a bit strange living in your home while it’s for sale. The important thing to remember this is only temporary, and it can make your home sell faster.

5. ‘Is that a true offer, or an insult?’

With all the emotions that accompany selling a house, many sellers feel insulted if they receive a low offer. Buyers are always looking to get the best deal that’s possible—which means many people make low ball offers to get the ball rolling on negotiations.

The take-home lesson: As a seller, you should consider every offer that you receive and, in most cases, at least make a counteroffer as you never know how the buyer will respond.

6. ‘Why is this taking so long?’

Unless you’re in a white-hot seller’s market, it might take a substantial period of time to sell your home—even if it’s priced aggressively. As long as your real estate agent is doing everything he or she can to market your property, do your best to be patient. The right buyer will come along. That being said, if your home sits on the market for more than a month, ask your agent whether you should make a price reduction.

9. ‘Why am I having such a hard time saying goodbye?’

Even once you’ve sold your home, detaching emotionally from it can be tough, especially if you’ve lived in your house for a long time. Odds are every room triggers a memory, holiday get togethers, barbecues in the backyard, the kids birthday parties, etc. Remember, those memories will always be with you.

Source: Client Direct By: Daniel Bortz

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