Real estate can be a very stressful industry to be in. And especially if you’re not in it professionally, it can seriously take the best out of you. And this is the case for most, if not all, regular home owners who have to part with their beloved homes.
According to a report that we have received last week (click here for the PDF), Malaysia real estate continues to be challenging. Therefore I am not surprised if home buying remains number one stress among Malaysians, ahead of petrol hike worries and the ongoing spat between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat.
Jokes aside: home selling is one very, very stressful ordeal. It is a strain physically, mentally, and believe it or not, even emotionally. Physically, you have to pack your stuff, look for your next home (if you have yet to find it), and prepare your home for the sale (and that includes scrubbing it spotless to make a good sale). Mentally, you’d have to be up and about deciding on how much your house should sell, and which broker to hire, among all the other technical and legal things to worry and whine about. And everyone knows that having to leave a home and all its memories and great neighbors can seriously tug at the heartstrings of even the toughest toughie.
Wiiloaded’s resident chief consultant (and sometime tea lady) Nicola Aniston (she specializes in Johor properties) spoke to us during our annual WIILOADED CONFERENCE earlier this year and she gave us the following tips. All for free!
Relieve Malaysian Home Selling Stress! Tips From Nicola Aniston, WIILOADED EXTRAORDINAIRE
According to Nicola, as with any other types of stresses we encounter every day, there are ways on how to relieve home selling stresses. Here are some ways you can do to manage and relieve your stress on having to part with your home:
- Think of what lies ahead. The biggest reason why people find it hard to let go of their homes is because they think too much about the homes that they’re leaving. Early on, train your mind to look forward to the joys of a new home, anew neighborhood, and the new memories that you are going to make. Sure it may be a lot to take in, to leave the home where you’ve built your life around, but it is a whole new chapter of your lives and new memories to make. Don’t get too stressed out reading about problems in the Malaysian press… particularly about abandoned projects!!
- Prepare everything that you may need. Last minute rushes are never a good thing and are in fact the most common causes of stress. Clean out and repair your home as early as six months before putting it on sale. Have the papers ready about three months ahead too! You should also have prepared a report on the house’s history to make sure that you have time to check and verify it. If you need some references, see this excellent report on myHabitat (not my site).
- Never miss or postpone an appointment with the important people involved in the sale. Find your real estate agent at least a month early; find your real estate attorney about the same time. And don’t forget to delay finding and meeting your home inspector. Your buyers might require that and it is just the right way to go.
- Keep the Malaysian house clutter free all the time, and make it always look move-in ready. Your potential home buyers can come in any time and it is never a great idea for a home seller to reject a home visit just because he thinks it’s inconvenient. Remember, they have their own schedule to follow too. So to avoid having to cram every single time you get a house visit call from your agent, keep the clutter off of your house. Think like you’ve already moved out.
Don’t subject yourself to these stresses. Learn the tricks of getting through the home selling process without all that hassle.
Remember… money is not everything. Other things are important too (your family, your health, the size of your dong), and don’t lose sight of the big picture!