It has been quite a few years since I last sold one of my personal properties. But recently my wife and I decided to sell our long-time home and downsize. Like a lot of people we have become empty nesters and no longer need the added expense or maintenance of a large house on a large lot.
As a real estate agent, I often sit down with clients that are considering selling their current home for a variety of reasons. When I do I walk around to assess the property both for condition and market readiness. Typically I will give the client a list of items that should be cared for prior to putting on the market. It may be as simple as cleaning & de-cluttering, etc. Or as complex as repairing leaking windows, replacing broken tiles, painting, carpeting or other items that may turn a potential buyer off.
As someone that has spent the last few weeks preparing my own home, I have developed new sympathy for the seller.
I never realized how involved it has become. Cleaning carpets, washing windows, trimming trees, emptying out closets and more. We are exhausted.
Staging, pictures, paperwork, advertising, etc. It seems it is never going to end.
But it will end. Hopefully with a solid sale and a happy new buyer.
Selling a house is a lot of work. Thoughts and prayers to the seller.
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