I recently completed my third half marathon. I turned 40 in December and decided to give it a go again almost 5 years after running my full. During the miles I put in while training, I came to realize there are a lot of similarities between training for a marathon and selling your home. Here are a few:
1. Training/preparation. You don’t just go out and run a marathon, just like you don’t just put a sign in the yard to sell your home. Training for a run takes weeks, if not months, of preparation – multiple runs a week, while slowly increasing your mileage over time. A solid training program is a minimum of 3 months, longer if running a full marathon. Selling your home is no different. You have to prep the home to get it ready to sell – repairs, paint touchups, purging/decluttering, staging, professional photography, etc. These things typically take weeks to achieve. With running or selling, you don’t want to rush either process.
2. The race/listing your home. The training and preparation are done, now it’s “game time.” With the marathon you’ll encounter stops and hurdles along the way. You might need to go to the restroom, you might fall or get injured, need to hydrate more, etc. You might make more stops or walk breaks than you planned. But you keep going. With selling your home, you will also face hurdles. You will have to prepare your home for showings, and you will have people through your home giving you feedback (both positive and negative). You will receive and negotiate a contract. You’ll also have to deal with inspections, repair negotiations, appraisals, and lenders.
3. The finish line. This is it – the weeks/months of training lead to this! There is very little that compares to crossing the finish line and feeling that sense of accomplishment. When selling your home, signing at the closing table and getting the funding confirmation is the finish line in the home selling process.
Both of these require training and dedication, both have hurdles, but both have indescribable feelings when you cross the finish line!