4 Pandemic Selling Tips to Save Money and Stress After Loss

Posted by Alex Narodny on Tuesday, January 5th, 2021 at 1:26pm


By, Lucille Rosetti

When you’re selling a home after losing a loved one, you need extra support. Working with an experienced realty team like Karin and Alex of the Narodny Team can provide that support —  you’ll always have someone on your side.

Trying to navigate this process during a pandemic can be even more stressful, especially when you’re trying to do so on a budget. Thankfully, these tips can save you time, worry, and expense when it comes to staging your home and showing it to buyers. 

Look for Free Grief Resources

Letting go of your home after a loss can bring about so many emotions — especially when you are still trying to heal from that loss. The important thing to keep in mind is that everyone’s experience with grief is different. There is no right or wrong way to feel.

Even so, there are valuable resources online to support you during this difficult time — often for free. These websites are a good way to connect with others without putting your health at risk. 

Use Online Tips to Declutter 

One of the most important steps you can take when preparing your home is to get rid of clutter. Clutter will make your home appear much smaller than it is, and buyers won’t be able to picture themselves in your home. Luckily, you don’t have to hire a professional in order to get organized. This is one of the many staging projects you can easily DIY to cut costs and to keep from having other folks in your home during the pandemic.

If you have too much stuff, you may also need to rent a storage unit to clear out space in your home. This may be an added expense, but there are ways to save on your rental. Spend some time shopping around for the best deal and look for specials for new renters.

Having a storage unit can also be helpful if you’re not quite ready to let go of your loved one’s belongings. Then you will have a safe place to put these items until you are ready to sort through them. Remember, it’s okay to take time to make a final decision.

Save on Staging With Coupons

Most real estate agents will tell you to depersonalize your home to make it irresistible to potential buyers. In fact, this tip is repeated in just about every home staging guide you can find. That’s because it is so very important! Having lots of personal photos and collections in your home during virtual tours can make buyers uncomfortable.

Not to mention that if you are setting up in-person showings, you don’t want people to end up knocking over or breaking something that holds sentimental value. So you’re much better off putting these items in storage or otherwise hiding them out of sight. 

Now, once you’ve stashed your personal items away, your home may look a little sparse. If you need to fill in some space with decor, linens, or other items, you don’t have to max out your budget. Search for an Overstock coupon or similar that will help you save when shopping.

Keep Showings Safe With Virtual Tools

In addition to curb appeal and staging, you also need to think about steps you can take to keep you and your family safe while selling your home. Getting out of the house and making sure it’s cleaned from top-to-bottom can help when in-person showings are preferred. If possible, however, you should try to keep things virtual — that’s your safest option.

Your real estate agent can help you use these online tools, which can include virtual showings, virtual appraisals, and even remote closings. Most agents are used to working with these tools after months of a booming housing market during the pandemic.

Selling a home while you’re grieving can be so very stressful. Add in a global pandemic, and that may be too much for one person to handle alone. You don’t have to go it alone, though, especially when you have helpful resources like this guide. If you need support, connect with the Narodny Team.

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