It is often said that moving house is one, if not the most stressful events in life but it really doesn’t have to be that way.
Yes, there are occasions along the way from initially going to market with your property to finally locking up on completion day and being handed keys to your new home that can be bumpy at the very least. However, forewarned is forearmed and you are not completely powerless. We’ve listed 4 top tips you can use to ensure your house move is as plain sailing as possible.
- Select an agent you trust and feel comfortable with – Estate Agents aren’t just there to market your property and find you a buyer. They are highly skilled people who have years of experience in handling every sort of scenarios when it comes to buying and selling houses. They are there to guide you through the process to ensure it’s as smooth as possible. You will hopefully have chosen your agent based on your relationship with them and your confidence in them as an agent and not just on their fees or the fact they put a higher price tag on your property than others. They should be approachable and contactable. With the choice of a good agent, they will guide you through the process and alleviate any stress you may have.
- Be aware of the house buying process – Know the steps and understand the possible issues that can cause problems and delays to the overall process so have a discussion with your agent. Use the resources you have to hand – your estate agent is on your side and wants to help you to achieve not only the best price for your property but also to ensure your next move is the one you want!
- Engage a solicitor early – Delays can come from solicitors trying to obtain Deeds for your property and gathering the relevant paperwork so once you have taken the decision to move, talk to your solicitor and advise them you are going on the market. This allows them to get things prepared at their end which will help once you have a buyer.
- Be fully aware of your finances– Have a clear understanding of the minimum price you will accept on your property and build in all costs relating to your move….solicitors fees, estate agents fees, stamp duty etc. Ensure you budget for removals and finalise the maximum amount you can spend on your new property, taking all of this into account. Then make sure you build in a reserve, just in case! If you see a property that ticks all the boxes but are unable to increase your offer just a little higher to clinch it, this can add unwanted stress.
Moving house is can be a stressful time but by being aware of the areas that can cause stress and using our tips to alleviate these as much as possible, you will be in more control of the situation and therefore relaxed and ready to get hunting for your new dream home!