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What Home-schooling Can Teach You About Selling a Property

In
this three-minute read, we look at the parallels between home-schooling and
selling your home.

If
you’re a parent working from home and managing childcare commitments, we salute
you. It’s not easy dashing from one task to the next in what feels like a never-ending
lockdown juggling act – but there is a bright side.

Some
of the lessons you’re learning right now will come in handy should you plan to
sell your London home.

The
power of patience

The
secret to staying sane while home-schooling is patience. Losing your temper
when your little darling refuses to knuckle down rarely achieves anything – and
often makes the situation worse.

We
live in a fast-paced world (at least it was before the pandemic) and can feel
irritated if we don’t see immediate results. But good things often take time
and patience.

It’s
the same with selling a property. It can be frustrating when the process
doesn’t move as quickly or as smoothly as you’d like, but throwing a tantrum
won’t achieve anything.

It
pays to do your homework

Show
me a parent who hasn’t resorted to Google at some point while home-schooling,
and I’ll show you a liar.

All
parents need to do a little research from time to time, whether to brush up on long
division or Roman history.

These
research skills will prove useful when it comes to selling your home. By analysing
the London housing market, you can determine a realistic asking
price and get ideas about how to present your property.

Don’t
be a control freak

When
you’re in the home-schooling bubble, it’s easy to be consumed by worry. When
will schools re-open? Are other parents doing a better job than me? The voice
in your head can go into overdrive.

But
the reality is you can’t change any of these things, so there’s no point in
obsessing over them.

It’s
the same with the property market. You can control some things (such as your asking
price and presentation), but other elements are out of your hands.

If
you find yourself in a chain, you will be relying on a string of other buyers
and sellers to get their finances and legal paperwork sorted. If things stall,
stay calm and remain optimistic.

Be
flexible

You
can’t work from home and supervise children, without exercising a serious
degree of flexibility.

Whether
it’s conducting a Zoom meeting with a child rolling around at your feet or
working weekends, it’s all about getting the job done – one way or another.

Remember
this when you sell your home. If you need to declutter, do it. If your front
garden looks like a junkyard, clear it up. Don’t be too precious. Think about
what it will take to get the best price for your home and make it happen.

Here
at Holland Properties, we always do our homework so we can deliver the best for
our clients. Get in touch to learn more about how we can help you.

COPYRIGHT Holland Properties 2021

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