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Reminder- Saying Goodbye To Your House

 

Sellers need to say goodbye to the home they are leaving.

 

 

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Everyone knows that moving from one home to another takes a lot of time, planning and emotion. You work hard getting the house ready to show and sell and then even harder sorting and packing.
 
 
You have neighbors you won’t see after you move.  Take some time to say your farewells to them.
 
 
What no one talks about is the last step, the final goodbye, this time to your house.

The home you are leaving is part of you no matter whether you’ve spent a few years or many decades.  What's the longest time you have known someone to live in the same home. A few years ago, I sold a home in which the seller, age 85, was born. Her father had built the house.
 
Each room holds memories of people, events, happy  and sad times.  
Make sure each family member takes part in this farewell.
It can be done alone  or together as a family.
 
With children it might be a good idea to have a small goodbye party in the house they are leaving and then a hello party in the new house. This can be very simple and done in each room.

Take a few minutes in each area, think about the things that happened there, acknowledge them, cry or laugh ( if that’s what you feel) and say your farewells. 
 
 It is not uncommon to see grown men cry. Warn them. Some people need to do this completely alone, some need to do it with others. You never know how they will react.
 
Please remind sellers to take time to say goodbye to the house.
 
 
                                           Margaret Rome 410-530-2400
 
 

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Comment balloon 15 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • August 20 2016 07:17PM

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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - What a beautiful blog! We tend to forget that this can be a sad time, especially if circumstances made this move not of their choosing ie. downsizing, relocation, moving into a care facility.

Posted by Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea about 2 years ago

Thanks Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® It can be a sad time but even when moving for happy times...the goodbyes need to be said.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

It is tough to part, I still feel a bit of attachment to all the homes that I have owned.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) about 2 years ago

The older my client the sadder the goodbye Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) about 2 years ago

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington That is the case most times. But others are when moving because of the loss of a spouse, a job loss, a divorse. an illness and other stressful situations.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

All to often the house gets a bad rap for other circumstances. I know in my  case that I have always left my old house better than I found it. I also only remember the happy memories not the power outages or leaky pipes. Thank you Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) about 2 years ago

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington Only happy memories...I like that.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

Hi Margaret - We've always paid attention to how our clients handle that bittersweet event - the different ways they commemorate it is interesting and revealing.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 2 years ago

Dick Greenberg Glad to hear that you are acknowleging  this time and the different ways of saying farewell. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

Hi Margaret  What a grand old fashioned attituse.  Ib today's world that is too frequently overlooked

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 2 years ago

Thanks Karen Kruschka I have missed you on ActiveRain. Hope you are doing well.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

Oh my goodness, what words of wisdom,all of it! I JUST had a couple who've had a lakefront home for 22 years leave that I had listed (and it sold before I even had a chance to put it on the MLS and I brought the perfect buyer) yet it was probably pretty devastating although they had both made the decision over a period of time. They wrote and told me that it was hard to leave. I  send a closing gift that will always be somewhat of a reminder of Fishhawk Lake so that they have something that will be with them moving forward, after they have left their cabin/home at Fishhawk Lake. 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) about 2 years ago

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 I hope they had enough time to say their goodbyes. You did an outstanding job but it is sometimes so hard to leave.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

Well, Margaret, they did and didn't. I don't know that they were quite ready for it to sell so quickly, but I DID tell them as we were going through the listing paperwork about Sue, my buyer and how I thought this would be THE home for her. They all got to meet at one point, and I think that made it all a bit easier. They were terrific about doing little things to make her happy, above and beyond what was requested in the buyer's repair addendum. 

I had worked with this buyer on my one and only Fishhawk Lake short-sale and her daughter talked her out of it after months and months of emotional ups and downs (she can be a bit of a drama queen), so this was especially sweet to have her come back a couple of years later and finally, FINALLY make her dream of owning a home on a lake come true! 

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) about 2 years ago

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 This comment would make a great blog on it's own. Go make it happen!

I love how you made her dream come true! Great job.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

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