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Preparing a Property For Sale Is a Lot Like Yoga

The mindset you have about successfully getting your property ready for sale is almost as important as the work itself. It may also be more familiar that you'd expect.

Regular readers will know I started an absolute beginner yoga class in November. Training my body to move in certain, specific ways has been more of a challenge that I thought it would be, but it's been paying dividends in some really neat ways, even this early on.

Had been contemplating it for a while, but it was an act of faith I was finally ready for. And by 'act of faith' I mean I was finally really looking to change things up, the analytical brain took a back seat and the sensing, hopeful heart took over.

I have noticed many of my thoughts as a novice mirror those of people I meet and speak with about preparing their property for sale. 

Some see its apparent simplicity and equate it with little worth. But even if they-sellers and agents/brokers alike-vaguely sense it could be a good thing they frustrate themselves by struggling with what (they think) it takes to get there.

For a slightly different perspective, here are 10 ways I've found yoga to be very similar to the refreshed home approaches preparing properties for sale:

  • You start with an open mind and a willing attitude.
  • The focus is on what you CAN do...not what you can't do.
  • There is trust and respect: You trust the instructor to guide you to the best standard, the instructor respects your limits.
  • There is no judgement.
  • You work with what you have, and do the best you can.
  • It can take you out of your comfort zone.
  • You use props to help get the best possible results.
  • There is a commitment to the process, and to doing the best you can.
  • It can be uncomfortable.
  • It can free you up from stupid stuff, and you will literally breathe easier.

Preparing a property is a business decision, and a life decision. You are choosing to plan, and make decisions, so you can get on with your life. Just start the conversation, it's really that easy.  

Marie Graham is an Interior Decorator, an Accredited Home Stager, and owner of the refreshed home. She has been bettering spaces in Westchester and Fairfield counties since gas cost less than $1.50 a gallon.

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