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Painful Parting: How to Deal With the Emotions of Selling Your Childhood Home


Selling your home is a big task to accomplish that represents a lot of different factors. Not only is this a huge financial accomplishment to do well that comes with a host of legal considerations, but it also represents an emotional tole. While most people are well acquainted with the stress of moving, there is something to be said about selling a childhood home.

Deciding to sell my home is already difficult enough. There is a good amount of stress and hard work that comes with this process and moving is never something that people look forward to. But when you are selling your childhood home, it can introduce a whole new challenge because of the sentimental value associated with it. 

If you have been wanting to find out how to deal with the painful parting of selling your childhood home, here is everything you need to know. 

First, Give Yourself Time to Grieve

One of the biggest problems that people in the modern hustle culture have is that they don’t often give themselves time for much of anything. Whether it is making money, pursuing health and fitness, or creating relationships, everything needs to be optimized and microwaved into a speedy existence. The truth is, as humans certain things take time to process and can be hard to work through.

One area of life that is far easier to numb with busy schedules and the constant demand on your time and attention that modern life can have, is grief. Grief is something that is actually built into the very fabric of being human and is a deeply healthy and healing thing to experience. Now, grief, by no means, is something that people want to experience or ever look forward to; however, the process is very important for emotional, mental, and even physical health. 

Is Grieving Over a Childhood Home Legitimate?

One of the first things you’ll probably feel when it comes to selling your childhood home is confusion over the emotional toll that it may create. As an adult, rationalizing is part of how you live your day-to-day life. You need this skill to excel at your job, your hobbies, and even your relationships. However, when it comes to the world of emotions, especially things that are associated with childhood, things can start to feel a little irrational.

Is a house something you should even grieve over? The answer, is that if you feel like you should - then yes. The most important thing to remember about grief is that it’s different for everyone. 

No two people will deal with concepts or experiences of grief in the same way. For some, the grief of selling a childhood home could be something that requires a little alone time during the process to come to grips with. For others, it may be something that requires some kind of physical expression like crying. There’s no right or wrong way to deal with grief, the important thing is that you don’t deny it. 

Selling your home, when that’s a childhood home, can be such a real struggle for some people. Childhood memories and formative years spent within the physical walls of home mean something. So allowing yourself the freedom to experience this to whatever degree is important whether that looks like big emotions or small ones. 

Getting the Best Profit For Your Childhood Home

When it comes to selling something that you have an emotional attachment to, you want to make sure you are at peace with the amount you get. In fact, selling a childhood home that you have sentimental value in without feeling like you made a good profit could make the process harder. 

One of the ways you can ensure that you make the best profit possible is to list your home without going through a real estate agent. Now, real estate agents are successful in their field because they help navigate home sellers and buyers through the murky waters of this process. Typically, their fee is considered well worth the effort, however, the potential savings of finding alternative routes can be incredibly high.

Services like HomeLister provide sellers access to posting their homes on MLS, guidance for all of the legal aspects, and human factors such as showings, down payments, and legalities. This all happens without the agent because HomeLister supplies the seller with packages that are significantly less expensive than a real estate agent, and that have all the tools and direction needed. 

Not only that, but the seller also has access to professionals for any questions throughout the entire process. 


Selling your childhood home can be a hard thing to do. Taking the time to make sure you have space and capacity to work through the emotions of this process is important, and using alternative agencies to make the most net profit can help make this process better. 

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