Is Selling Your Home an Emotional Transaction?

Real Estate Agent with Charlesgate. Realty Group 9049889/s

Have you looked at your home through the eyes of the buyer? I have heard it said that, “buying is emotional and selling is a business transaction.” I am not sure this always true but to a seller it is great advice.


I recently wrote a blog about painting to refresh your home. I have lived in the same house for 17+ years since I met and married my husband. Once we painted the rooms, we started to noticed other little things that needed work. I have to admit that at this stage in our life, our home is not always our first priority. We have 2 young girls, both work full time, and like to travel when we can.


But if we come to the point when we want to sell, I also know we would have some work to do. We would make a concerted effort to remove any emotions we have regarding selling this home and get it ready to appeal to the most amount of buyers.

As I look around my home, I see lots of pictures of my children and things my girls have made that I proudly display. All of this would have to removed so that buyers would start to picture their own memories. Closets and basement would need to be reorganized to show off my great storage space. Want some more specific tips?




Spring is coming and I would make sure my outdoor space looked pleasing and welcoming. Arrangements would be made for the dog when showings were scheduled.


My hallway would also be welcoming. I know as an agent that getting into a home often takes a few minutes figuring out the keys. I would want buyers to have a great impression while waiting to enter the home. This is their First Impression – Make it Count!


I would make sure that the house was immaculate. And I would have a trusted friend come over and tell me what they see that I may have missed (your agent can do this for you). Is there a list of minor repairs/ updates that would improve my chance of selling? Could the home usesome staging? What is my return on this type of investment?


Have some more questions about getting your home ready to sell?




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Best Regards, Susan Doig Realtor Charlesgate Realty Group Cell 617-504-4381

Comments (3)

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Decisions... of what to do for the return on the investment of time and money. Alway a choice.

Jul 01, 2014 11:14 PM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Susan, good advice for sellers, they should listen to you.

Jul 02, 2014 12:44 AM
Susan Doig
Charlesgate. Realty Group - Winthrop, MA

Thanks Sybil!

Jul 02, 2014 10:04 PM