Minimising stress when selling your home

Getting your home ready for sale can be one of the most daunting and stressful experiences… we even read that some researchers found it to be more stressful than bankruptcy!

Cat Brown, owner of Arch Melbourne, is a pro at getting houses ready for sale and maximising the selling potential of homes. She joins us again today to share her tips on minimising stress when selling your home.

Related article: 8 quick fixes to get your home ready for sale
Related article: How to prepare for an open house like a pro

Arch Melbourne living space
Modern luxury home given warmth by the team at Arch Melbourne

1. Declutter your home before you list it

You’ll get a higher selling price and it will cut down the mammoth task of moving if you can declutter your home early. See the top 7 tips I recently shared on how to declutter your home.

What makes a home sell? A buyer’s connection. That feeling when you walk through the front door.

2. Get an expert to help you prioritise

There are a million and one things you could do to get your home ready for sale but limitations of time and money means there are only so many things you can do. A professional can help you identify where to focus your effort to get the most return. For example, if you’re using an extra bedroom as a study when you’re advertising it as a bedroom, pack the room up and stage it as a bedroom.

Arch Melbourne outside seating
Promoting a sense of indoor outdoor living with lounge chairs on the lawn | Image via Arch Melbourne

3. Consider what’s manageable

Similar to the point above, it’s important to look at manageable fixes to get your home ready for sale. If there is a feature of your home that really bothers you, chances are it will also bother potential buyers but that doesn’t mean you need to invest in major renovations. Sometimes there are quick fixes to these problems, for example, instead of retiling your bathroom, use a grout pen between the tiles to freshen it up and add some fresh towels and a pot plant to give your bathroom the lift it needs.

We’ve got more tips on cosmetic updates to refresh your bathroom or your kitchen.

4. Ask for help

Like the saying goes ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. Whether it’s a professional service like I offer or just asking your friends and family to help you, getting some extra hands on deck to declutter and come up with a plan for success can make the world of difference.

Arch Melbourne warm modern kitchen Minimising stress when selling
Less is more when staging your home for sale | Arch Melbourne show how it’s done in this luxe kitchen dining space

5. Keep things in perspective

Know that you will be going through a stressful time and make ‘plans’ to manage. A couple of tips I recommend to clients is to have an empty washing basket at hand — it means that when you get a call for a last minute open for inspection, you can zip through your house and tip all the bits and pieces like wet tea towels, kids toys, dirty dishes etc in there and then take the basket with you. Keep a bucket full of cleaning products so you don’t have to go searching on the day. Also, double up on bedding so you don’t have to change over quilt covers on the day.

We hope Cat’s tips for minimising stress when selling your home help you. You can also read our ‘8 quick fixes to get your home ready for sale’ for more pre-selling advice.

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Arch Melbourne bedroom Minimising stress when selling
Playing with textiles gives a room warmth and depth | Styling by Arch Melbourne

This article was first published in October 2015 and has been updated with new images and information.

Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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