The Emotional Side of Home Selling

Selling Your Home is Hard

The Emotional Side of Home Selling

The decision to sell your home isn’t an easy one. In fact, did you know research has ranked selling a home as second to relationship breakups for the most stressful experience in a person’s life. The same survey said that people are more stressed out about selling their home than planning a wedding, getting fired or even becoming a parent.

Having sold our own home several times, I fully understand how emotional the process can be. That’s why we put together a blog post with three stories demonstrating the emotional side of selling a home. (Don’t worry – they all have happy endings!)

My experience is very similar to the first story. I was so busy with sale preparations, then showings, then moving and preparing for closing, that the reality of what I was leaving behind did not hit me until the eve of closing. That evening, I wandered through our empty home remembering all that had happened there. I felt a sense of loss and regret in leaving behind this home where so much life was lived. Thankfully, having guided others through the sale process, I understood that what I was feeling was perfectly normal and would soon pass. Sure enough, within a few days after closing, that sense of loss was replaced with excitement for new adventures in our new home. 

If you are preparing to sell your home, in the thick of the sale process, or recently closed your sale, we hope this blog post helps!

In other words, it’s perfectly normal to have strong emotions. The good news? Though the experience can feel overwhelming and inspire doubts, it doesn’t have to get in the way of a successful home sale, and there’s always a bright side. We also have a list of helpful tips to making a move and relocating here.

Here are three stories from homeowners that prove it.

Your children and grandchildren are a big part of the memories.

The Story: Last Minute Memories

Nostalgia seems to unexpectedly hit many sellers like a ton of bricks once they see their home empty and ready for its next owner. Getting caught up in the chaos of moving can only keep your mind busy for so long before you realize what you are about to leave behind. Oftentimes sellers feel the rush towards the end of the process. That’s exactly what happened to Erin, author of The Sunny Side Up Blog. She says, “I walked around room to room. I could see my baby girls running around in dress-ups. I could see our evening routine – giving them a bath and putting them in matching PJs. I could see so many sweet moments between my kids and how fast they grew right in front of my eyes in that house.”

“It’s not hard to say good-bye to a house. It’s hard to say good-bye to special memories and to the end of an era. A really happy era that I will tuck away and treasure in my heart forever.”

The Bright Side ☀️

“We feel so blessed to be in our new home, we are definitely going through a bit of a transition. I know it will just take time. I also know that someday, much sooner than I can imagine, I will be walking through the rooms of our new house feeling the exact same way.”

You have been an empty nester for years. Your adult children haven’t been home for years.

The Story: An Empty Nester’s Adult Kid Confront the End of an Era

In a story from The Atlantic on navigating how empty-nesters navigated the sale of a family home, the story of Alene Bouranova stands out. Bouranova grew up in Kirkland, Washington. She was at school in Boston, Massachusetts when she got the news that her parents had sold her childhood home. 

“I started crying in the dining hall, just crying all over my plate of pasta,” Bouranova says. “I was not pleased at all. That was my home.”

The Bright Side ☀️

Although Bouranova was initially emotional about the sale of her childhood home, she came to terms with the decision and understood the reason behind her parent’s decision. 

 “It’s my parents, and as sad as I was originally, it’s their lives and they can do what they want,” Bouranova says. “I just want them to be happy.”

The Story: Moments of Doubt

Despite being a Realtor who has guided many clients through the home-selling process, Nancy Perkins was surprised by how emotional she felt when selling her family’s home of 19 years. In an essay for The Alexandria Times, she writes how she and her husband began to doubt themselves throughout the process after realizing the attachment they had not just to the home itself but to the neighbours and neighbourhood. 

“We started to doubt ourselves. Why did we need to make any changes when this house worked well for us? While we were ready for a new house, we were attached to our home, to our garden and to our neighbours.”

The Bright Side ☀️

“Like many of my clients, these thoughts kept me up at night. My fears were alleviated, however, with multiple offers, happy buyers and a quick sale, thanks to smart renovations, good staging and fair pricing.”

The Bottom Line

There’s no doubt that you won’t ever forget the memories you made in your home, but looking forward to the new memories you’ll create in the future and getting excited for what’s to come can put your mind at ease. 

No matter if you’ve lived there a couple years or many decades, selling your home can inspire a deep emotional response.

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