In the first half of 2015 I began to evaluate my thoughts to sell my home or to stay. The home had been the family home for 45 years and became mine after my parents passed away. There was a very emotional attachment to my home as there were so many memories plus I really loved the home and area.
There were some problems I needed to face; especially as there had been some termite damage to the roof plus with time I realised there would be further maintenance to face. As I had retired from work although still very involved with community activities I realised as I was single – not getting younger. I would have to face this decision in the foreseeable years therefore it would be more sensible to sell my home whilst I was capable of making this decision. Financially I would be better off as I realised my memories would remain with me and it was time to take my life in other directions.
In May 2015 I made the decision to sell so it went on the market in June 2015. In making this decision I did not realise the extent it would take, it was very emotional and stressful. Firstly I had to present my home for sale and this presented so much more emotion and stress for me. You can imagine after 45 years there was so much to do! De-clutter e.g. furniture, clothing, memorabilia etc. plus present the outside of the home including the garden to its best.
Of course not just deciding to sell I had decide what agent I would use and who would work for me the best and who can I trust. This is very difficult as you get all these agents pestering you to list your home with them. This is very draining and emotional. The agent I chose took so much stress off me. You have to listen to their advice on how to present my home ready for the sale.
My thought process was very emotional during this time as it was a comfortable home to live in and after all it was “home”. There were many frustrations and stressful emotions involved in dealing with the prospective buyer e.g. price, building inspections, maintenance problems of which all had to be overcome.
Decluttering of my home took an emotional toll as well, as I had to rid myself of a lot of memories. What my parents and I had collected over the 45 years was amazing and really you do not realise how much you have that is worthless, only memories. Common sense took over and once the home was ready for the sale, with my agent and I we achieved a very positive outcome. I was fortunate in not having to do this myself, I had help from an outstanding agent and my family and friends who helped take a lot of the stress off my shoulders.
Finally after much de-cluttering and presentation, my home went on the market and was sold very quickly, thank goodness. Sitting by myself in my home on settlement day I had many thoughts going through my mind but I realised it was the right decision to make. The realisation of all the emotions, and stress that I experienced I am pleased I could move on to new directions and chapter in my life.
It is so important in selling or buying a home to have the right people behind you and in my case I was fortunate in this aspect in having a great agent working with me and went far above, in what I expected plus caring people around me.
This is my experience in selling a much loved family home.
Desley Taylor – 22nd February 2016.