The process of selling your home can be emotional, especially if you’ve lived in your house for many years. Though this is a difficult mission for many sellers, it is important to disconnect feelings as you sell your home.

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Because buyers will not have the same intrinsic attachment to the homes they visit as their owners do, sellers must accept that the value of their home is not based upon its connection to their feelings, memories or history. Rather, it is based upon enabling prospective buyers to envision it as their own home and evaluate that potential relative to other available properties and similar homes that have recently sold in the area. As a result, it is imperative to leave your emotions at the door when preparing to price and list your home.

Pricing fairly increases the chances of selling sooner at top dollar.  So eliminating emotions from the equation makes reasonable decisions easier. Consult with your real estate agent, and pay careful attention to their market analysis of your home. The suggested listing price provided should be based upon comparable sale prices of similar homes in your neighborhood.


Moving is tremendous undertaking, but preparing your home for sale also presents a prime opportunity to de-clutter and get a jump on the inevitable need to sort, pack and/or discard things you don’t plan to take. The process can be especially overwhelming if you have lived in your home for many years. Moving tips suggest beginning by packing up mementos and other personalized elements within your home. These can be particularly distracting for many prospective buyers. So removing as many as possible should help potential buyers envision living there with their own belongings.

Deciding to sell comes with its challenges. Learning how to put the brake on emotions should help to simplify the process, reduce stress and provide a more successful outcome. Contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may about the home selling process.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
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