There’s been a lot of talk around here recently about future plans and dreams. Setting long term goals like moving house can feel daunting, so it’s always good to start preparing as early as possible. We’ve talked about moving house and although a move is not in our immediate future, it feels like there is a lot to consider. Here are a few things I’ve been learning about preparing to move house calmly. Hopefully they will help inspire your own property journey and maybe reduce a little of the stress involved.
Selling your home can be pretty stressful, especially if you’re also trying to balance a family and a career. With a lot to do if you want to be ready to sell, it can be time-consuming, and finding the time isn’t always easy. When you know what you need to do and can get organised, getting ready to sell your home doesn’t have to be so stressful. There are some key things you can put on your to-do list to make sure that you can list your home for sale without worrying that it won’t get the attention that it deserves or that you’ve forgotten to do something important.
Fix Up Your House
If you’re planning to sell your home soon, it’s probably not the right time to make any major changes. There are some occasions when a new kitchen or bathroom could raise the value of your home more than the amount you spend on getting the work done, but this might not be the case. Many homes simply need some minor work to get them ready to go on the market. Touching up paint or repairing small incidences of damage will ensure your home is in good condition. Of course, if there are any bigger problems, they should be fixed too.
Consider Redecorating or Even Staging
Redecorating your home might be a smart idea if you want to improve your chances of selling. You will definitely want to start decluttering, and painting everything in neutral colours can be a smart idea. It gives people who view your home a blank slate that they can project their own tastes on. Some experts recommend removing anything personal, but others say that you should keep the personalised aspects of your home for a more homely feel. In some cases, staging might be appropriate, especially if you’ve already moved out and taken your furniture with you.
Find a Good Estate Agent
Some people choose to sell their homes alone, advertising it and finding potential buyers without an estate agent. However, if you want to save time and find the best buyer, having an estate agent on your side is a wise move. They can do everything for you, from valuing your home to listing it for sale on all of the major property websites. Of course, using an estate agent does mean giving them a cut of the sale, but it’s worth it if you want to sell quickly and for a good price.
Address the Legal Elements
Another thing to consider before you sell up is getting all of your legal “ducks in a row”. Looking at conveyancing solicitors before you sell will ensure you’re prepared when you get an offer on your home. Once you have an offer, a solicitor can help you with contracts and deeds so that everything is in place to complete the sale. It’s important to get the legal elements right if you want the sale of your home to go smoothly.
Start preparing for the sale of your home before putting it on the market if you want to be organised and stay calm. The sooner you begin to prepare the move and get organised the less-stress you will encounter.
“There’s no place like home.”