5 Tips for Selling Your Childhood Home
Selling your childhood home can be bittersweet.
On one hand, it’s exciting to embark on a new adventure. The thought of your new residence, next chapter, and decorating again is exhilarating. Closing one door allows another one to open, and when you sell your childhood home, you are truly closing the book and turning the page to a new season in your life.
On the other hand, deciding to part ways with a home that once brought you such joy is a somber experience. You remember the good times, the bad times, and everything lovely and amazing wrapped up in between. This may be the home that you spent with your family when it was just the four of you. This may be the home you learned to swim, walk, bike. This could be the home where you graduated, brought home your first love, and shared holiday after holiday with the ones who mean the most to you.
There is truly no other word than bittersweet. The bitterness of letting go, combined with the sweetness of beginning anew can be an overwhelming experience. However, if you are thinking of selling your home, it could be the universe telling you it’s time for a new beginning.
Here are five tips for selling your childhood home:
1. Tackle each room one by one
It might look stressful at first to go through your entire home and start purging. It might even be an emotional experience that takes more time than you thought. Keep this overwhelming task at bay by taking the time to tackle each room one by one. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and we don’t expect you to sell your home in one day either. Take your time, feel the memories, and divide each big task into smaller tasks to get through this daunting project.
2. Decide what you want to keep
While you are going through each room of your childhood home, think about the items you want to keep. Some might be tied to great memories, some you can’t live without, and some will definitely make the move to your new home. Now, for those items’ leftover…it’s time to make a choice. Do you really need that second blender? Is it necessary to keep all your children’s paintings? Can you live without those sweaters knitted from Grandma? Decide what you want to keep and toss or donate the rest.
3. Update and refresh anything and everything
Take inventory of the things in your home that need updating. Paint the baseboards, scrub the tile, resurface the pool. Take care of the refreshing and updating now so you don’t have to worry about it once your home is on the market. You would be surprised how much these little changes will help during the sales process. Neutralize your bedrooms, plant some flowers, and start sprucing up your home for the next owners.
4. Find a realtor
Find someone who is an expert in the real estate market – one of our relators from BSR Realty Group, to be exact. Selling your childhood home is a strenuous, exhausting process; let our team take some of the stress off your back. We will help you gather everything you need to sell your home, while you focus on prepping the home itself for sale.
5. Make peace with your decision and get ready for this next adventure
Selling your childhood home can be an emotional process. Accept those emotions, feel them, and then let them go. Make peace with your decision, and don’t look back with regrets. This is an exciting time and while it may be bittersweet, it’s also setting you up for the next great adventure. Get excited, take a deep breath, and take the plunge!
BSR Realty Group is here to help you get ready for the next big chapter in your life. Contact us today to get started on your house hunting journey!