Moving home can often be a stressful process for sellers, but there are plenty of ways to make things run as smooth as possible. Timing sits somewhere at the top of the list, as the property market changes on a monthly basis, and demand fluctuates with it.
Get the property ready for marketing
Once you have decided to market your existing property, you will need to make sure it is photo-ready and looking its best for potential buyers.
Those looking to move in time for Christmas will want to be able to envision cosying up around the fireplace or sitting at the dinner table with family. So, make sure you can present your home to buyers as a fresh canvas by decluttering, deep cleaning and making the place feel brand new.
Choose the right selling agent for you
If you want to achieve the best price for your property, you need to find the best agent to sell it. Make sure you take extra care when making your final decision on the right agent and take the time to get to know them. A good estate agent will do the difficult work for you and take care of any nitty gritty complications which could slow you down. They will also accurately value your home and advertise it effectively and efficiently.
Arrange a valuation on your property early
Get this done as soon as the possibility of a future move crosses your mind, as it will allow you time to make any upgrades or adjustments to your property. It will also save you time later when you’re ready to sell, and will give you a good idea early about the scope of your budget for your new home.
Set the right asking price
Setting the wrong price - whether too high or too low - means you could miss out on suitable buyers willing to make fair and sensible offers. The best way to speed up your selling process is to set the right asking price for what your home offers, so you can reach as many potential buyers as possible and have a number of fitting applicants to choose from.
Book surveyors as soon as possible
Once you’ve found the right property for you, it’s advisable to ensure that you get a decent survey before you fully commit to the new home. This way you can avoid any unpleasant (and costly) surprises after you move in. A surveyor will be able to spot any issues with the property - so you won’t have to later.
Don’t forget the final details
In the excitement of a move, it’s easy to forget the small details. Ensure you tie up any loose ends such as informing utility companies that you’re moving, and having your mail forwarded to your new address – just in time for Christmas cards!
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