Avoid stress when moving home in 10 simple steps

When you’re planning on buying or selling a property, thinking ahead is vital. Yet with so many steps on the way to moving day, it can be difficult to know when you will need to make important decisions.

With that in mind, we take a look at 10 simple steps you can take to make your move as stress free as possible.

Give yourself some time

Before you actually put your house or flat on the market, give yourself as much time as possible to prepare. This will give you a chance to carry out any redecorating and minor repairs that may be needed.

Get 3 valuations from estate agents

Three valuations or market appraisals from estate agents will help you strike a balance between the highest and lowest price.

Be realistic on price

A realistic price will ensure you get people through the door and increase the chances of selling your property quickly.

Taking the middle ground between your 3 valuations will help you find the right pricing point.

Instruct your conveyancing solicitor early

Instructing your conveyancing solicitor early can avoid unnecessary delays further down the line.

Doing this before you have found a buyer will allow your solicitor to prepare the necessary paperwork to send to the buyer’s solicitor as soon as you have one.

Ensure mortgage offers are in place

We’d always recommended setting up meetings with mortgage lenders as soon as you begin planning your move.

Having financials in place early not only makes you a more attractive buyer but can avoid panicked financial planning when you find the right property.

Don’t hide anything from your conveyancing solicitor

Your conveyancing solicitor is on your side. Their job is to keep the process moving. So if any potential problems come to your attention, share them with your conveyancer.

No matter how insignificant the problem may seem, your conveyancer will discover any impact it may have on the transaction.

Don’t exchange and complete on the same day

Attempting to exchange and complete on the same day is a sure fire way to ramp up the stress levels.

If just one person in a chain of transactions has a change of heart, you may not be able to move on the proposed day.

View the property you intend to buy several times

Even if you think you have walked into your dream home on the first viewing, it is vital to visit the property several times.

Doing this at different times in the day will allow you to ensure that it really is the property for you.

Keep in touch with your conveyancing solicitor and estate agent

Your conveyancing solicitor and estate agent are there to work for you. Regular communication is vital to keep the process running smoothly.

Don’t skip the surveys

Buying a home is one of the most important purchases a person can make. So don’t get caught out by skipping important surveys.

Even when buying a new home, major faults can show up. As a minimum, opting for a Homebuyers Report can offer peace of mind and save you a great deal of money in the long term.

For a clear-cut conveyancing quote, contact Residential Matters

At Residential Matters, our team of specialist conveyancing solicitors are dedicated to helping your sale or purchase run smoothly.

For expert advice and a clear-cut conveyancing quote, call us on 01282 695 400.

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