Yes, buying and selling a home can be stressful, but it can also be fun. Shopping for a home and comparing one to the other and trying to make sure you stay in your budget is all work, but it needn’t be overly stressful. If you look beyond the now and see what the future benefits are and what your ultimate goal is, then smaller concerns will go away.
As a buyer, if your ultimate goal is to stay in a home for 7 or 8 years, then you have time for the home to appreciate in value and time to make changes to the decor if needed. Those issues become secondary to location and the size of the home. If you are only going to stay a short time, then perhaps value is a bigger concern. But in reality, you should never consider real estate to be a short term investment.
As a seller, your long-range goal is to make a change. You should focus on getting the best offer and doing what it takes to accomplish that. So if you have to store some furnishings for a while or be extra neat for a while, then it is a small sacrifice for the long-term benefit. Time is also a factor. The longer your home sits on the market, the more stress is involved and the more likely you are to NOT get market value for your property. So it is important to be realistic when setting a price. A realistic, competitively priced home will receive more offers sooner. Now THAT sounds like fun!