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New Year, New Home?

Now that everyone has cleared away the Christmas decorations, Spring is on its way and it’s the time of year when you might be thinking of a change. That could be just a de-clutter and top to bottom clean, or it might be moving home. When considering moving, people often ask us for advice on where to start, especially if they haven’t moved for a long time.

Here are a few things to consider before putting your property up for sale...

1. Think about what you want to move for:

Is it a bigger garden?

Is to be in a different school catchment area?

Is it to ease the commute to work?

Prioritise and decide on what is most important to you

2. Check you can afford to move!

Look at mortgage deals and speak to a financial advisor

Obtain estimates from solicitors (don’t just go on price, recommendation is everything!)

Obtain an estimate for removals

Don’t forget you may have to pay Stamp Duty

Give consideration to other potential costs such as temporary accommodation if there are any delays

3. Dig out all your paperwork such as guarantees, operating manuals, utility bills etc…, anything you think may help your solicitor or the purchaser

4. Obtain estimates for any obvious work that may be required in the near future – for example, if you know your property might need a new roof, this information may help in negotiations and avoid unnecessary delays later on in the sales process

5. Research your local estate agents, compare not just their fee, but the service, local knowledge and experience that they can offer you. Watch out for the small print – for example, no contractual tie-ins, no hidden costs.

Finally, contact US for your free, no obligation market appraisal!