Avoiding the #1 Cause of Seller Stress

Do you know what causes the most common source of stress when selling your home? Is it scheduling buyer viewings? Is it the length of time it takes for your property to sell? Is it an offer that falls through?

Those things can, indeed, cause some worry! But, the number one source of stress is actually simple to avoid. It’s not understanding the process.

Even if you’re no stranger to moving, you should review the process involved in selling your current home before you list it. If you don’t, you might end up exposing yourself to anxiety that could have been easily avoided.

Say, for example, you’re concerned that your home has been listed for too long. It’s been a week and no good offers have come in. Well, if you knew, in advance, how long a home like yours typically takes to sell, then you probably would know not to worry.

It’s important that you start the process by understanding what to expect. What happens when your home is first listed? How are buyers scheduled to see your property? What happens when an offer comes in?

That’s why we will always review the selling process before you list and make sure all your questions are answered.

 

Avoiding the #1 Cause of Seller Stress

Do you know what causes the most common source of stress when selling your home? Is it scheduling buyer viewings? Is it the length of time it takes for your property to sell? Is it an offer that falls through?

Those things can, indeed, cause some worry! But, the number one source of stress is actually simple to avoid. It’s not understanding the process.

Even if you’re no stranger to moving, you should review the process involved in selling your current home before you list it. If you don’t, you might end up exposing yourself to anxiety that could have been easily avoided.

Say, for example, you’re concerned that your home has been listed for too long. It’s been a week and no good offers have come in. Well, if you knew, in advance, how long a home like yours typically takes to sell, then you probably would know not to worry.

It’s important that you start the process by understanding what to expect. What happens when your home is first listed? How are buyers scheduled to see your property? What happens when an offer comes in?

That’s why we will always review the selling process before you list and make sure all your questions are answered.

Managing the Emotions of Selling

 

For some people, selling a home can be an emotional roller-coaster ride. In addition to the process of selling your property, buying a new one, and moving, you’re also saying goodbye to a neighbourhood and a home.

But there is plenty you can do to smooth out the ups and downs. Here are some ideas:

 

  • Make sure you know all the steps involved in the selling process.
  • Don’t overschedule. You don’t want to become exhausted, so don’t try to do everything at once.
  • Talk to family members about how they feel about selling and moving. Allow concerns to be aired so they can be addressed.
  • Young children, especially, can feel emotionally attached to a home. Think of ways to make the transition easier. For example, have them draw pictures of how they’d like their new bedroom to look.
  • Selling and moving can, at times, be disruptive to the household routine. As much as possible, try to remain consistent with mealtimes, family events, etc.
  • If possible, get the help you need. Consider hiring a cleaner, home stager, contractor or other professional. Yes, it costs money, but it will help make things less stressful.

As with any large project, knowing the steps involved in selling your home and planning for them appropriately will make the process more enjoyable and less stressful.

If you are thinking of buying or selling your next home please call me. I can help you navigate through this process. Jane Johnston 250-744-0775

3506 Happy Valley Rd in Happy Valley, Happy Valley is Sold!

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The 2 storey at 3506 Happy Valley Rd has been sold.

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309 829 Goldstream Ave in Goldstream, Langford is Sold!

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The single story at 309 829 Goldstream Ave has been sold.

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Protecting your Home Gadgets from Hacking

Imagine your coffee maker switching on by itself, staying on for hours, overheating and becoming a fire hazard. That’s not science fiction. As more and more appliances incorporate WIFI, the opportunities for hackers to play havoc with them increase.
How do you prevent that from happening? Here are some safety tips:
If your gadget uses a password to access the settings, change that password frequently. Ideally, change it once every 3 months.
Some gadgets, such as alarm systems, come with their own connection to the internet. Learn how to turn that connection off if it becomes necessary to do so.
Don’t leave an internet-connected appliance or other gadget on constantly unless it’s necessary. For example, you don’t need your home speaker system connected to your digital music providers all the time.
Baby monitors with video are a common target for hackers. Use a password unique to that device and change it often. Never leave the monitor on when not in use.
Never share passwords with anyone unless it is absolutely necessary. Most home WIFI systems have a “guest” feature with a separate password and limited access. Use it.
In this age of internet connectivity — from coffee makers to stereos and even washing machines — it’s smart to play it safe. Know what’s connected and protect yourself.

Questions to Ask When Buying a Fixer-Upper

If you’re thinking of selling your home and buying a new property, you might come across an opportunity to purchase a “fixer upper”. In fact, the home might be priced based on its need for work.

 

Should you buy that “fixer upper”? That can be a tough decision. Here are some questions you should consider:

  • What repairs need to be done?
  • Are there any major items that will need to be replaced soon, such as the furnace?
  • What renovations are needed? How much, realistically, are those going to cost?
  • How much of the work can you do yourself?
  • How long will it take for the improvements to get done? (How long will you need to live with drywall dust?)
  • How does the price of a comparable “move in ready” property compare to this one?

Of course, before considering purchasing any property – especially one that needs work – you should get a professional home inspection. It will uncover any issues you can’t catch during a viewing. Ultimately, you’ll have to weigh the pros and cons before buying a fixer upper.

Call or email me if you are looking for a fixer upper 250-744-0775 or briarhillgroup@gmail.com

2 Storey For Sale in Happy Valley, Happy Valley

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•  1676 sqft , 2 bath , 1 half bath , 3 bdrm 2 storey FOR SALE  CAD699,900 .
MLS® 858672

This well designed home has an awesome layout! There’s a no step entry into the main hallway and on your left is the den and bathroom, great for someone working from home. Down the hall, with cathedral ceiling, and complete with surround sound hook up, is the open concept living room, dining room and kitchen with walk out to back yard. And, from the kitchen is a direct entry into the double car garage, which is handy for carrying in the groceries! Upstairs are three bedrooms, including large master with ensuite bathroom and walk in closet, that overlooks the backyard. The house sits in the middle of the property allowing for lots of parking in front and a good sized backyard on the warm, west side of the house. This home is located close to the galloping goose trail, popular Happy Valley Elementary School and there is a new high school going up on Latoria Rd.

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New Listing at 560 Coral Ridge

A series of steps takes you to the wide, sunny porch of this bright, beautiful 3 bed/3 bath home. The front entry way has a cathedral ceiling with windows up to the second level, bathing it in sunlight. The second floor consists of a very large master bedroom with walk-in closet, spacious ensuite bathroom. There is also a second bedroom with attached private office, full four-piece bathroom and third generously-sized bedroom. Left of the main entrance is a large living room, which overlooks the porch and side yard and leads into the formal dining area. Nestled in the back of the house is a warm country kitchen with breakfast area and a family room with gas fireplace and deck, which is great for BBQ’ing. To the right of the entry is a powder room, laundry and at the front of the house is a spacious living room. Down the stairs from this room is direct entry into the double car garage. Annexed to the side of the house is a garden shed, with separate entry. Parking for multiple cars/RV.

 

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The Benefits of Hiring an Interior Designer or Decorator

When it comes to updating their living space, some homeowners enjoy doing the research and then planning, designing, and decorating on their own. Many believe they will save a substantial amount of money.

While that may be true, they may also be doing themselves a disservice by overlooking the benefits of hiring an interior designer (who can create and maximize functional living space) and/or an interior decorator (who can furnish and adorn a home or room for aesthetic appeal). While homeowners may seek inspiration from magazines and websites, designers and decorators know how to adapt those concepts to the available space. They can also ensure that their suggestions and recommendations are practical and attainable and take advantage of the latest products and systems available. In addition, they can offer the added benefit of applying rebates and discounts from manufacturers, importers, and trade showrooms – which the average consumer simply can’t get. Those discounts may even help offset the cost of the professional fees. But perhaps the greatest benefit of hiring professionals is the peace of mind that comes from knowing they can save you a great deal of time, especially if you have too many ideas or none at all.

Check out our video interview with Home Stager Melanie Henson. She goes through before and after pictures of spaces she has decorated. The difference a few small changes can make to a space are absolutley amazing! CLICK HERE to watch the video!