No-one wants to think about it, but divorcing and selling the family home is one of the most stressful situations one can imagine. A peaceful resolution is the best case scenario. Couples should try not to sabotage their profits by bickering and making the house unavailable for showings or diminishing the value in any way. If you choose to stay together until the house sells, it may be difficult to get along but your bottom line is at stake. Read Myrl's advice on this topic:~Pat
It is no secret among real estate professionals that divorce is a prominent cause for homes coming to market. However, we also know the situation doesn't need to lead up to a real life “War of the Roses!”
Occasionally divorcing couples who are separating their lives, find they cannot afford to live apart until after their home is sold.
It is also important to understand that staying together can actually have a positive effect on marketing your home. Home Buyers have become quite sophisticated in recent years, and have a knack for sniffing out signs of Sellers in distress. Seeing that a couple continues to be together in a home can remove a bit of the appearance of distress - even if it is painful for you!
If you are a couple who is divorcing, and find yourself in a forced cohabitation situation, before your home sells, there are things you can do to make the experience a little comfortable.
1) The two of you should sit down and discuss your situation as peacefully as possible. Perhaps putting yourselves into a mindset that you will continue as roommates for a few months until the house is sold. You are together in the house in the physical sense - even though the emotional sense has changed.
(2) Negotiate with each other the mortgage payments, utilities, and other household expenses, and address the duties for upkeep. Doing this early on, will help alleviate problems from popping up in the midst of this living arrangement - which weren't addressed early on.
(3) If there are children in the home, please put the children and their well-being first, and paramount in your consideration. Doing so, will help you focus on things more important than your own discomfort. If the children suffer less distress, it will be easier for all of you.
With a little thought and consideration, you can be successful in selling your home, and making what could be a bad situation work well, and to your benefit.