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Selling a House? Here is How to Do it Without a Hitch

Our homes are often our sanctuaries, our only release, our only respite from the mundanity and triviality of life. Our homes are our private reflection zones where we are at our most intimate, where we share cherished memories, and where we develop and grow as people. Oftentimes, our homes hold memories beyond the brick and mortar, and within their walls lies our hearts. It is true, as the idiom goes, home is where the heart is. And, keeping with that sentiment, it can be difficult coming to terms with having to sell a home, or bringing yourself to it. While many times we are given the option, sometimes we are not, which can make it even worse. When faced with the reality of having to sell a home, it can be a difficult time, which is why if you follow this guide it should go without a hitch.


Keep Your Cool

With anxiety running high, understandably, it can be a tense time. Planning to move all of your furniture, figuring out which day will be convenient, and even pulling your kids out of school. With so much to think about, it can be tough; the professionals of socalhomebuyers.com/riverside/ have years of expertise in calming down homeowners and making the sale go smoothly. You need smoothness in times like this, and often the best way to deal strictly with professionals. A professional estate agent can ease you through the process and completely relax you, helping you to feel like you are in good hands and your property and money is safe. Dealing with unscrupulous agents can, on the other hand, be a complete nightmare. They can defraud you; belittle you; strip you of your pride and make the whole experience which should be smooth and easy-going completely nightmarish and harrowing.

Sell at the Right Time of Year

It has been proven that houses are sold more frequently between the months of April and July. This is no surprise, actually. With the summer months come longer nights, which means that would-be buyers are able to visit the property and look at it in daylight after they have finished work, and not only that, but they are able to move with the convenience of the school holidays. No parent wants to have to withdraw their child from school to move to a new house. And, in addition, if they are moving from a few towns away or another area, it will be easier for them to enroll their children into a new school for the start of the September term when the summer break comes to an end.

Houses are less likely to be sold in the winter months for reasons contrary to the aforementioned, which means the best time to list your house is toward the end of February and closer to the beginning of spring than winter. Springtime buying is a real phenomenon and a professional estate agent will be able to run you through this to give you a seamless transition.

In addition to the convenience of selling in peak months, you should seriously consider selling at a time that is good for you. Often, we rush everything we do, and selling a house is no different. It is not entirely uncommon to rush into the sale of a home, accept an offer you ordinarily would not, and find yourself embittered and sullen months later when the realization of your calamity sinks in.

Deal Strictly with Professionals

As was mentioned a few paragraphs ago, it is very important that when you are selling your home you deal only with professionals. Unscrupulous estate agents can be a real nightmare and seriously put you off selling a home again in the future. Estate agents with astronomically high fees can be another put-off and it is recommended that you strictly deal with an estate agent that offers reasonable fees and is reasonably priced.

You may get a dream offer and then find that the estate agent requires 30% of the sale, which is not unheard of. Thankfully, there are estate agents that offer only a 1% fee which can be a fantastic way to make a decent profit on your home. As well as that, if you choose an unprofessional estate agent, they may seriously undervalue your house, which is why you should always get quotes from a few estate agents at once.

Getting a quote enables you to get the best deal at once for your property. You should also remember that when moving to a new house to keep it cool and do not let the anxiety or excitement get the better of you. It can be a tough time, but it can be a lot easier with some introspective calmative meditation and a little diligence.

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

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Help! My Friend Is a No Show

Dear Armchair Psychologist,

I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.

-Sadsies

Dear Sadsies,

I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.



I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!



- The Armchair Psychologist

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