So you’ve taken the big decision, you want to move. You may even have a rough idea of where you want to move to but in order to make this dream a reality, there is one major thing you need to do – sell your home!
Where do you start? The obvious answer is to put it on the market! True, but not yet!!
Before you put your house on the market, having it advertised ‘For Sale’, take time to think about why you want to move. This helps you to not only focus your search for your new property but also makes the actual moving process, the packing up and saying goodbye to your current address, a lot easier when the time comes.
You should also have a good look at your house at this stage and think about how you can get it in the best possible condition you can. Go through the property room by room and draw up a snag list. Be totally honest here, note down all the jobs that need attention, include things you’ve ‘lived with’, things that you haven’t gotten round to fixing – a would-be buyer will be looking closely at your property and fixing things you’ve become used to could make all the difference! This exercise is about making the best of what’s already there. There is no need to re-fit bathrooms, kitchen etc, just clean, tidy, freshen up and mend! Don’t forget to include the outside of your property – fences, sheds, garden furniture all need to be looking as well as they can be. Once your list is drawn up, prioritise the tasks and get stuck in!
Once you’ve completed your list, or tackled as many as your budget and time constraints allow, now is the time to get the professionals involved!