Changing homes, for whatever reason, is not an easy task. Whether you are moving for work or family, upgrading because you need more room, or downsizing because you don't need as much space, there are many reasons to move. No matter the reason, being able to sell your home quickly means less hassle and less to worry about. Here are efficient ways to help you sell your property faster.
When it comes to selling your property, if you want a quick and fast sale, it would be wise to consider contacting or reaching out to wholesale buyers. Wholesale real estate purchases occur as a means to expedite the sale process. Wholesalers will buy your property off of you in hopes to sell it for more. Finding a specialist is not difficult but it is important to do your research depending on the home you are trying to put on the market or put on sale. This is because not every professional will have the same grasp of the market and will specialize in different types of homes. If you are trying to maximize your sale value with ample amounts of time, this option may not be for you. This is a route that people will take if they do not have time or patience to put their home on the market and wait for offers. However, for those seeking quick sales for things like career relocation or emergency purposes, this option proves to be useful.
Real Estate Agent
Sometimes it is in your best interest to hire a professional to sell your home. Real estate agents will have connections for different markets and a network of professionals to help showcase your home that will be most beneficial when it comes to making quick sales. It is important to remember that agents will be taking a portion of your sale, but with that in mind, you are able to rest assured that they are seeking the best value for you and your home.
Listing on a Variety of Sites
Regardless if you choose to go through a professional real estate agent or sell your home yourself, you want to make sure you look to market your home in as many platforms and ways as possible. Putting up your listing on several websites, home search applications, and advertisements will give you a wider reach to as many potential buyers as possible. This will allow you to make the best financial decision when it comes to selling your home without you having to lower or adjust prices if no potential buyers reach out.
Various and Innovative Marketing Strategies
In addition to marketing through the use of many different avenues, you can also try to change your marketing strategies to provide a unique experience. With the way recent circumstances have unfolded, marketing within home visits and walkthroughs are difficult, and an alternative way of virtual tours and video walkthroughs have risen to become a great new way to market and help yourself stand out.
Be Sale Ready
Aside from marketing, you want to make sure that your home is sale-ready if selling fast is a priority. You want to ensure that your place is clean and ready to be moved in. This means that you need to remove most of the things in your home that make it personal to you so that when potential buyers examine your place, they can picture themselves living there. It also helps these buyers feel comfortable with moving in quicker if you show that you are ready to move out sooner. If you need help, hiring a cleaning company and even renting out storage space to hold your belongings can contribute to the speed of a sale.
Timing means everything, and real estate sales are no different. When you choose to put your home or place upon sale will be a determining factor on how fast you will be able to sell it. The majority of sales occur during spring and summer as these seasons are prime for major life chapters like school or work. If you are looking to be time-efficient in moving, look to set your schedule around these busy months where demand will be high.
As previously mentioned, a clean and fairly empty home is important to have to encourage a quick sale. But it is also important to have furniture, appliances, or decorations in place that will entice buyers and their imaginations to move in. This is where staging occurs, and the focus on the small details such as lighting, structure, plumbing, and electrical will all encourage people to heavily consider your property.
No matter the reason why you are trying to sell your property, there are steps that you should take to make selling a more efficient experience. Stay on top of the market and ensure that you do your due diligence. Selling your space more quickly will leave you more time and energy in what can be difficult times.
5 min read
When we envision a person who is suffering from substance use disorder (SUD)—defined by having a history of past misuse, experiencing increasing mental health symptoms, or having a family history of addiction—we often picture someone waking up and instantly grabbing their first drink. However, in my experience working with those battling SUD for nearly a decade, I've learned that everyone's relationship with alcohol looks different and having a few too many drinks at night can be just as dangerous.
The time of day, amount, or type of alcohol one drinks doesn't define if they suffer from SUD or not—it's the compulsion to drink. By focusing on healthy stress relievers and implementing them into your daily routine, you aren't just avoiding another glass at night, you are curbing any inclination for SUD that you may have.
While you may feel the desire to reach for another drink after dinner and putting the kids to bed to relieve some of the stress you incurred that day, there are other things that you can do that are much more beneficial to your mental health and wellbeing.
Risks of Reaching for Another Drink
Reaching for another cocktail or glass of wine can feel like a great way to relieve the stress of the day at the time, but over time it can actually lead to the opposite. Excessive drinking is known to lead to increased anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders such as increased risk of family problems, altered judgment, and worsened sleep quality. These can all lead to increased stress and create a continuous cycle I have seen in many of my patients, which often prove difficult to break.
Increased alcohol consumption can directly impact an individual's mood and temperament, too. In my patients, I've seen a connection between increased alcohol consumption and irritability, fatigue, and loss of interest in activities that previously brought that person joy—activities that people should always put time into, especially right now during the pandemic.
While drinking in moderation doesn't have serious implications for some, others are already at increased risk for SUD. One drink per day is considered moderate for women, while eight drinks or more in a single week is categorized as heavy drinking. It's important to monitor your intake—whether you are at increased risk for SUD or not. It is all too easy for one glass to become another, and then another. And if you keep reaching for just one more drink, you can start to build a tolerance, as it requires more and more alcohol to achieve the desired effect. This can result in dangerous, addictive habits that will alter your life, and the lives of those who care for you.
Three Healthy Ways to Relieve Evening Stress
Stress relief from alcohol is short-lived, but choosing healthier, alternative stress relievers can provide long-lasting benefits for both your mental and physical wellbeing. At Wellbridge, our team not only focuses on treating addiction but also on teaching healthy habits to support ongoing sobriety. And many of these learnings can be implemented to avoid addiction by handling stress better as well!
Below are three healthy stress relief ideas you can implement into your routine:
- Mindfulness exercises can be a powerful and mentally stimulating stress reliever. Throughout our therapeutic program at Wellbridge, we provide different opportunities to cultivate mindfulness. For example, breathing exercises, such as box breathing or diaphragmatic breathing, mindful walking, and progressive muscle relaxation. If you're looking for entry, guided meditation, check out this YouTube channel where experts post mindfulness exercises each week.
- Human connection is invaluable. Whether it is your spouse, your children, a friend, or even a therapist, connecting with someone else can be a great way to relieve stress. The additional perspective that another person provides can also help us feel that the anxieties and stressors we are experiencing are more manageable. If you are feeling increased stress from loneliness or isolation, reach out and schedule a Zoom coffee hour with a friend, or call a loved one to check-in and chat.
- Physical activity is an excellent stress reliever as well, for so many reasons. Not only can it help us get our mind off of stress, it enables our bodies to release endorphins and provides long-lasting physical health benefits. Physical activity doesn't need to be a full-blown workout if you don't feel up to it, or simply don't have extended periods of time to dedicate to a longer exercise regimen. Even a short walk or some stretching can go a long way towards improving your mood. I enjoy following guided, online yoga practices for both mindfulness practice and physical activity.
Despite my years working in this space, I am no stranger to giving in to stress. However, I've learned that by allotting myself a little time each morning and evening for activities that set a positive tone in my life—like meditation, journaling, and exercise—I've been able to better manage my stress and feel more prepared for heightened periods of stress. Do I manage to set aside personal time every morning and evening? Definitely not—life happens! But by doing our best to take regular time out for ourselves, we're all certain to be in a better place emotionally and mentally.
Putting Your Mental Health & Wellbeing First
It's important to also recognize that it isn't just stress that causes us to reach for another drink at night. With the added pressures and responsibilities of women in today's world, having another glass of our favorite drink at the end of the day can often seem like a quicker and easier option than other healthier ways to relieve stress.
However, it's essential to put your mental health and wellbeing front and center in your priority list—something that many women struggle with. But just like the oxygen masks on an airplane, you can't take care of others if you don't take care of yourself first. By focusing on implementing small, healthy habits and making them a seamless part of your daily routine, you ensure that you can show up in all aspects of your life and for all the people in your life.
If you are struggling with increased stress, be specific and honest with your support system about your need to preserve your mental wellbeing. Prioritizing your needs will help you be there for other people you care about in your life.
I always refer back to a quote from a Dar Williams song—a song about therapy no less! "Oh, how I loved everybody else when I finally got to talk so much about myself." Talk about your needs with others and find time to develop healthy coping habits. And if you feel as though you've already created an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, discuss that relationship with a medical advisor to learn if advanced treatment is the right option for you.