Is Emotion Getting in the Way of Selling Your Santa Cruz Home?

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 1:01am.

The best way to approach the sale of your Santa Cruz home is to be completely emotionally detached and to handle the sale like any other business transaction. However, this can be difficult to do. A house holds a lot of memories and you will likely have a strong emotional connection to it. These feelings will make you highly biased, can cause you to ignore your home’s flaws and will skew your perception of what the home is worth. It can also make it difficult to make the move on a sale, even when you have a reasonable offer.

Emotional attachment is detrimental to your house sale, so it is best to distance yourself from the house emotionally during the sale process so that you can prevent your emotions from interfering with your judgement.

Put Away Personal Affects

When you are getting prepared to sell your home, pack up all of your family photographs and put away any personal mementos. Not only will this make the house more appealing when you are showing it to potential buyers, it will also help you to begin emotionally detaching from your home.

Be Critical of Your Home

When it comes to a home that you love, it can be difficult to assess its value realistically because you will be blind to its faults. Ask your real estate agent or a very honest friend to walk through your house with you and point out all of the faults and potential weaknesses that could affect the sale. Keep an open mind and try to put your emotions on the back burner to see the house as a potential buyer would see it.

Capture it On Video

A great way to preserve the memory of your home is to make a video tour of it. This way you will be able to capture what it looked like when you lived there, so whenever you start to feel homesick you can watch the DVD and take a trip down memory lane.

Getting Excited About the Move

Instead of focusing on how sad it is that you are leaving your home, think about all the things that you have to look forward to at your new house. You can start researching the area that you are moving to and find out all of the great activities and attractions you can visit when you arrive.

These are just a few ways that you can keep emotion out of the equation when it comes to selling your Santa Cruz home. If you are looking for more real estate tips, feel free to contact me at 831.662.6522 or send me an email at

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