Stress – And How to Alleviate it
STRESS – And How to Alleviate it
Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary defines “stress” as follows:
- A state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.
- Something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety
- Physical force or pressure
Selling a house or buying a house can most definitely cause stress. Wondering if you’re going to get enough for your house to pay off debts and have a down payment for the new one, wondering if you’re going to be strapped for cash every month, wondering how you’re going to get it all done, and then there’s the actual move – some of you are probably stressed out just reading this!
So, what are some things you can do to help alleviate stress? Well, in general, we know we need to:
- Eat healthy foods
- Cut back on caffeine and sugar
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs
- Get plenty of sleep
- Be positive
But wouldn’t it be great to avoid stress altogether? I can’t promise that there will never be any hiccups in a real estate transaction, however, here are some ways you can make it as stress-free as possible.
- Get your paperwork together ahead of time. Ask your lender and/or Realtor what documents you will need from the beginning. That way you’re not trying to find documents from 2 years ago after you have your boxes in a storage unit.
- Stick to your budget. Not much stresses people more than money. Figure out what you are willing to spend and stick to it. It is not a good idea to put all your extra monthly income into a home. When you want to go to a nice dinner or take a trip to the beach, you’ll wish you had stayed within the price range you set for yourself.
- Hire a professional and trust them. Whether it’s a lender, inspector, Realtor, or title agent, check them out ahead of time or get a personal referral. Not that humans don’t make mistakes but the good ones will fix them and you may never even know about it. If you question every move, every step of the way, you are bound to be stressed out. If you hire trustworthy professionals, let them do their job. All you should have to think about it is moving.
- Don’t procrastinate. If repairs need to be done on your home to sell it, DO IT! If the lender or title attorney needs a document, GET IT! If you need to have a difficult conversation, HAVE IT! The longer you put things off, the longer you will be stressed out. Mark it off your list and you won’t have to think about it.
When all else fails, watch some animal videos on YouTube. That always helps me!
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Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.