Friday, November 3, 2023

Selling your home, typically one of your most valuable assets, is undoubtedly a serious endeavor. The process involves significant financial considerations and can bring about feelings of stress, tension, and anxiety. However, what if I told you that injecting a little fun and playfulness into this journey could actually lead to a more successful outcome? 

Hard to believe, right? And yet, I see it time and time again. When a seller is feeling highly anxious, they tend not to recognize, or even hear, the right advice when it is given. Panic puts us into freeze, flight, or even fight mode – none of which bode well. Particularly when, again, dealing with one of your most valuable assets. When you’re dealing with substantial sums of money, embracing a lighthearted approach can make a world of difference. This doesn’t mean you don’t take the situation seriously; instead, see it as being willing to adapt, go with the flow, and switch from perceiving it as a stressful event to choosing to see it as an adventure or game. This not only helps you process complex ideas more effectively but also sparks creativity, turning you into a better problem solver. A person with this approach becomes more flexible and fosters a positive environment. Trust me, this little-known tip can save you thousands and thousands. 

Selling a home frequently involves a certain amount of emotional vulnerability, especially for those who have lived in their houses for decades, accumulating a lifetime of memories and belongings. This is where the “Purge It” game comes to the rescue. It’s a game we advise our clients to play, which can significantly impact your selling experience.

I know, I know. The emphasis on decluttering and preparing your home for sale may seem like a recurring theme from REALTORS®, and trust me, there’s a good reason behind it. It’s not just a matter of aesthetics; studies have revealed that a decluttered space goes beyond surface-level appeal. Imagine for a moment walking into a home that is immaculately organized, with every item in its place and a sense of spaciousness that immediately puts you at ease. The calm and order in the environment create a feeling of serenity and contentment. It’s like a breath of fresh air, offering a respite from the chaos and clutter of everyday life.

This sense of calmness and order is not just a fleeting impression; it has a significant influence on people’s decisions. Studies have shown that when individuals enter a well-organized, clutter-free space, their mood improves, and they experience joy and tranquility. This emotional response can be a game-changer, transforming a simple “for sale” sign into an invitation to a new chapter of life. 

Not to mention, a calm environment will be a lifesaver for you as well over the following weeks of showings, open houses, and packing! 

So, what elements are involved in the “Purge It” game? It all starts with identifying what you need to use in your day-to-day life or staging your home to make it look its best. The first step is to determine what you’ll use and what you won’t. Once you decide what to “lose,” there are four ways to approach it:

  1. Pack It: If you plan to take certain items, neatly pack them in bins or boxes. You might be surprised how much you can fit into your home without renting a storage locker.
  2. Gift It: Consider giving away items to friends, family, or charities. It’s a generous way to share your belongings with those who might find them valuable.
  3. Recycle It: Some items may not be worth keeping but can be recycled or repurposed, minimizing waste and benefiting the environment.
  4. Toss It: For things that have served their purpose and no longer hold value, let them go. Put them out for the garbage collection or donate them if possible.

One essential game element is getting your children involved, regardless of age. Moving can be stressful for kids, and involving them in the process can make it more exciting and less daunting. Consider offering rewards to encourage them to participate in cleaning, staging, or keeping their rooms tidy.

Here are some more game ideas to make the selling process enjoyable:

Video Chronicle: Document your journey through the sale of your home. Capture before-and-after shots, time-lapse cleaning sessions, and family activities. It’s fun to see how much you can achieve in a short amount of time.

Guess the Feedback: Predict what potential buyers might say about your home. While not all showings result in feedback, it can be entertaining to guess and see who in the family wins the game.

Farewell and Hello Tours: Take the opportunity to say goodbye to your old neighborhood by revisiting favorite spots and neighbors. Or, if your new home is nearby, take a “Hello Tour” and explore your future community during showings.

Creative Descriptions: Don’t settle for dull descriptions when selling your home. Create an engaging narrative that shares your experience, memories, and the story of your home. Make it inspiring and inviting.

Remember, a fun and lighthearted approach can reduce stress, improve your negotiation skills, and create a positive selling experience. When you enjoy the journey, you’ll navigate it more successfully. And having a fun-filled, lighthearted REALTOR® by your side can make all the difference. Together, we’ve got this!

If you’d like more tips, tricks, and tools to set you up for the best-selling experience possible, email us at We’d love to invite you into the Dekker Team Community, where you’ll have inside access to over 30+ years of real estate experience that will help you clarify your options. When you have clarity, your wisdom will flow!