When preparing to list your home for sale, one of the crucial things to do is to make it less personal. This means removing framed family portraits, mementos, travel souvenirs, diplomas — anything else that is personalized and screams that you own the home. The main goal of this process is to make it easier for potential buyers to envision themselves in the house, especially during showings.
However, packing up your photos and mementos earlier rather than later will also help you as a seller to let go. Likewise, try to change the little parts of the home that you've come to love so much, such as your favorite wall color in the bedroom or dining room.
Once you’re used to not seeing them, it will make it easier for you to detach yourself and see the home as merchandise waiting to be sold. Hopefully, it will also help you realize that the house isn’t the one that carries precious memories, but you and your family. Take the time to reflect on how the house has served its purpose for however long you lived there, and that you’re letting it go to move on to your next.
Redefine your concept of home.
Don't forget the old adage “home is where the heart is” to help you think of home in terms of the people you love rather than in terms of a place. May it be your spouse, children, parents, or even friends whom you treat as family members, remember that your real home is wherever the people you love are. Take photos of the property, revisit old memories with them, and reminisce about how you all loved living there. The process will hopefully aid in accepting your emotions throughout the home sale.