I genuinely love being a realtor. It is an excellent opportunity to earn a living while walking alongside someone during such an exciting time. My favorite is selling homes. It’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of the process. I get great satisfaction helping people move on to the next phase of their life, whether it’s upsizing, downsizing, or simply relocating to a new neighborhood.


One challenging situation is a home seller who is not entirely ready to sell. They may think they are in the market . . . but in the end, several factors are holding them back. 


If you’re thinking about selling your home, don’t enter into the process lightly. It’s a big deal. I am not going to sugar coat it, there is some stress involved in selling a home, but there is also an excellent opportunity for joy. Undoubtedly, there’s a significant investment at stake. In addition to the investment, there are numerous other reasons you want to be 100% sure you’re ready to sell your home. If you think you’re ready to sell, but it turns out you’re not, you waste a lot of time, energy, and money. 


So how do you know if you’re ready to sell your home?


1. You’re comfortable with the process. You need to have no problem with the idea of a stranger poking around your house, making plans to renovate it, or treating it like a used car. It is natural to have some of these emotions. If you’ve lived in your house for a long time, it’s natural to have emotional attachments. But, if selling the home makes you feel overly protective or defensive, you may not be ready. 


2. You are negotiable on the price. Motivated sellers understand selling a home involves negotiation and competitive market pricing. Understandably, personal budgets are a necessary part of life. But just as a daily household budget needs to be flexible, so does the expectations of a home sale. If you have a number “you must get” to sell, you might want to think again. If all of the agents who price your home come back too low for your standards, take a breather and ask yourself if you are ready to proceed.


3. You know where you’re going next. Prepared sellers have plans, even if those plans aren’t 100% firm. They’re anticipating the move, and they are probably even shopping for houses, if only casually at the moment. Suppose you can’t confidently answer the question, “Where would you like to live after you sell?” then you’re not quite there yet.


If you’re unsure of any of these, take a step back and consider how you feel. While some markets favor sellers more than others, a home can sell in any market for the right price. Don’t jump into something before you’re ready.


However, when you’re ready, I’d be happy to help. Contact me when the time is right:


Contact us at (928) 308-0101.