Sometimes, for one reason or another, we have to move homes. It might be that you love the house you are in, but it just doesn’t serve it’s purpose anymore. Maybe it is too small or too big for you now. It could be that it no longer resides in an area that you want to live in. We all have our reasons for wanting to sell our properties. But we also know that it can be one of the most stressful things we do.
Even the most organised amongst us juggling solicitors and estate agents can be tricky which is where a good home buyer’s guide can come in handy. From start to finish it is a process that can either go smooth if you know what you are doing or badly wrong. Which is why I thought it would be a good idea to discuss some of the things you should consider if you find yourself ready to make that move.
Think about where you will move to
The first thing you need to consider is where you want to move to. Maybe you are happy with the area you live in, but the house isn’t right. Then at least this should give you a fair advantage when it comes to house hunting. If it is a totally different area you need to move to, perhaps for a job or commute to work, then this is where research can help. Look at the area and what is surrounding it. Make yourself a little surface area that you will consider properties in. This will help when the time comes to start looking.
What type of home do you need
Another thing you need to take some time thinking about is the type of home you want. This is where your reasons for moving could help pinpoint exactly what you are looking for. Perhaps your family has grown, and you now need a larger property to accommodate. Maybe everyone has left home, and you now need to downsize because you no longer need all that space. Maybe it’s the outside space that’s making you move; perhaps you want more or less of it. You may be moving to make things easier on yourself or a family member; stairs could now be a problem. These reasons will determine the type of house you want to live in and will stop you wasting a lot of time at the beginning of your search.
Don’t forget to consider the little things
Once you know the type of house and location you want to live in, this is where some of the finer details can get forgotten. But honestly, those little details can be the reasons that you make a good or bad decision. If you have a young family, one of the big factors you may need to consider are the schools in the area. Do they have a good ofsted rating? Are they close by for easy commute? These are things you need to consider. While we home educate, I appreciate that not everyone does that. You also need to consider how far the location is to local amenities. Things like a shop where bread and milk can be bought. If you are a family like us and are trying to be completely self-sufficient then does the location you want to move to lend itself to that lifestyle? This is a big decision to make so make sure it is the right one for you and your family.
Make any improvements to your existing home ready for sale
Now you are ready to take the plunge and move; you need to think about your current home. This is where you make your home in a ready for sale condition. So consider those little maintenance jobs that you have been putting off for a while. Make sure that walls are repaired, things that need to be replaced are. Selling your home means you are opening up its doors to a potentially new family.
Appoint an estate agent you trust
Finally, you are in a position to sell your home. Now, what? This is where you need to consider an estate agent that you have confidence in and trust. These are the people that will be marketing your property to the general public. So it is ideal if you are on the same wavelength when it comes to the value and how you go about things. It’s advisable to see a few different agents to gauge an idea on how you feel. Sometimes going with your gut instinct is one of the best things you can do. A great question to ask yourself would be if you would buy your next property from this agent and person? Are they approachable? You want potential buyers to feel at ease. You also need to consider whether the agent will be doing the viewings. If that is the case, then it’s even more vital that they are personable. They are the ones that will be doing the selling. If you are hoping to find out more, there is some great info from Taylors. It may answer some of those burning questions you have.
Make your home sellable
One of the big things to consider is not just the maintenance of your home, but making it sellable. By that, I mean cleaning the place up and showing it off to it’s full potential. This means decluttering your home and getting rid of unnecessary things. It might mean toning down some of the decor to make it more appealing to potential buyers. A great little tip would be to approach your home as if you were a buyer. What type of things would put you off? If you notice things, then chances are those prospective buyers will to. Another suggestion would be to work on your kerb appeal. The exterior of your home is the first impression you get to make, so make sure it is a good one.
Don’t be afraid to negotiate on the sale price
Last of all, don’t be afraid to negotiate on an offer price. Many times buyers place a bit of a cheeky bid in the first instance. They test the water. So don’t think you have to accept it if you are not happy with it. Always go back with a and take things from there.
I hope these tips help you when it comes to upgrading your home.