Whether you are buying or selling - or if you're doing both - the real estate transaction process can be a stressful one with many factors out of your control. Here are some ways to productively save time, money, and your sanity through the process.
1. Mentally Prepare
Before you jump in to the process, know what you are getting yourself into. You're jumping onboard a train and you don't know how fast or slow it may go, how many stops, and how long the total journey will take you. You have to be prepared for several different scenarios, whether that means being ready to pull the trigger on a purchase or sale right away, or possibly waiting months for just the right deal to come along.
2. Lighten Your Load
Whether buying or selling, a move is most likely in your future. You can keep your mind occupied and off of things out of your control by focusing on something you can control, and that is your stuff. Take this opportunity to go through your possessions and decide on what is worth taking with you to your new home. You can sell higher value unwanted items online through sites such as Letgo, eBay, and Offer Up, donate to worthy local charities that can use or sell your items, and upcycle, recycle or throw away items you don't need anymore.
3. Visualize Your New SpaceTake time to figure out what you really want in your new space. Great ways to do this are to use Pinterest to create a custom inboard with all of the features you'd love to have in your home. When it comes to renovate or decorate, you'll have lots of great ideas lined up in one convenient space. Maybe you're a little more old-school - then cut out photos from magazines and catalog for the same impact. Or take a field trip to Ikea, West Elm, Z Gallerie, Restoration Hardware, Home Depot or another favorite store and snap photos on your cell of items, colors and looks that you like.
By following these steps, you'll position yourself well to deal with he ups and downs that can happen throughout a real estate transaction. Focusing on things you can control will help get you through dealing with the unexpected and can mentally and physically prepare you for a smooth transition.
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