Selling your house is a stressful time. There’s a ton of preparation involved, concern about when it will sell, and you may even be buying a home at the same time. However, worrying is counterproductive. That’s why we’ve put together these seven steps you can take to alleviate some of the stress that comes with selling a home.

1. Hire a trusted Realtor®

Working with the right Realtor® can help you avoid a tremendous amount of anxiety — choosing the wrong one can do the opposite. Because they’re responsible for several factors, such as promoting your home, helping you negotiate, and keeping you in the loop, you’ll want to work with one you can trust. And just like anything business-related, you may want to avoid working with family — as it could cause a strain that lasts long after the transaction.

2. Set expectations about showings with your Realtor®

Because showings require time and effort, including prepping your home and leaving, it’s important that you set boundaries with your Realtor®. Telling them when they can and cannot show the home will save you time and stress. The app ShowingTime can help.

3. Try to plan day trips around showings

If possible, try to plan some day trips the first few weekends your home is on the market. This is likely when the most showings will occur, and getting away will make the Realtor’s® job easier. Also, a trip or day out can help reduce stress by taking your mind off of the home. And best of all, you won’t have to worry about cleaning up between showings.

4. Hire a cleaning service

Because you’ll want your home to be consistently clean for showings — and already have enough on your plate — a great way to reduce stress is to hire a cleaning service. Not only will you have the peace of mind knowing your home is always prepared, a clean home is good for your mental health.

5. Get out and exercise

It’s no secret that working out is a great way to reduce stress. No matter how you choose to release your endorphins, getting consistent exercise is a healthy way to ease anxiety and take your mind off of things. It’s also something you can do to get out of the house during showings.

6. Have a laugh

Here’s an easier method of reducing stress: laugh. Laughter has great benefits like releasing tension and boosting your endorphins. When things get stressful, consider seeing a comedy show, watching a sitcom, or hanging out with your funny friends.

7. Start a gratitude journal

Another healthy way of combating the anxiety of selling your home is by writing down what you’re thankful for. Starting a gratitude journal not only shows you the positives in your life, but can also help you keep a healthy mindset — so small stressors relating to your home don’t seem that significant.

While putting your home on the market can be a stressful time, following these tips can help keep your worries and fears at bay. And when you’re ready to buy a new home, find out the average home price in all 50 states with our handy guide: The Relocation Station.

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