At Least, 10 Ways to Ensure a Stress Free House Move
- AuthorPaul Hajek
When it comes to buying and selling your home, its right up there as one of the most stressful things anyone can do! However, it doesn’t have to be like this; with a little forward planning, a touch of patience and great communication it can actually be quite smooth and stress free.
Here are our Top Ten Tips for making thing so much easier:
1. Give yourself as much time as possible before you actually put your property on the market for sale. This will allow time to declutter: touch up; redecorate and carry out minor repairs in order to present your home in the best possible condition
2. Instruct the right Conveyancing Solicitor at the very beginning, even before you have found a buyer. This way you get to know who you are working with, how they will work with you and the relevant paperwork can be prepared (excluding the sale price) and ready to send to the buyers solicitor as soon as you have a buyer, avoiding any delays right from the start
3. Make sure you get a HIP (Home Information Pack) in place quickly to enable your Estate Agent to market your property. Your Conveyancing Solicitor will be able to do this for you too, so just ask them, or from one of the many HIP Providers
4. Get your mortgage offer(s) in place; talk to mortgage lenders as soon as you think you are moving. By having financials in place early on will make you a more attractive and credible buyer for any vendor
5. Be Realistic; don’t get too carried away with reported increases in house prices. Get at least 3 local Estate Agents for a valuation. Pricing to sell will get people through the door to view and sell your house faster. Remember the property you buy should be cheaper too!
6. Be upfront with your Conveyancing Solicitor, they are on your side after all. Share with them any potential problems or possible issues, however small or insignificant they may seem to you. Your Conveyancing Solicitor can then judge any impact they may have on your Conveyancing transaction
7. Avoid same day exchange and completion; this is a recipe for potential disaster and for maximum stress! You may be encouraged to do this BUT most house sales involve a chain of transactions and sometimes a lengthy one. You may not actually move on the day proposed because one person in the chain may change their minds. So for your sanity avoid it at all cost
8. Ensure you visit the property you want to buy several times, and at different times of the day to be sure it really IS the property for you before exchange of contracts. It’s a bit late to find out once you’ve move in for example that you get no sun in your garden after 3pm, if a sunny garden was a definite must!
9. Keep in regular contact with your Conveyancing Solicitor and Estate Agent, after all they are working for YOU! Regular and clear communication is vital. So whether you have good or bad news, pass it on as soon as possible.
10. Don’t skimp on the survey; this is probably the largest single purchase most people make, so don’t be caught out by always opting for the cheapest option! Even new houses can have major faults (we’ve all seen TV shows on this) . . . so opt as a minimum for a Homebuyers Report for peace of mind, and wallet!.
There is a further list of top tips which you can download from the homepage of the Clutton Cox website. We would be happy to answer any specific questions you have about moving home, entirely without obligation