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 Oxfordshire 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 Oxfordshire 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.
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 IMS, 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.