If you’ve never bought or sold a house before, or it’s been a long time, you might not know quite how much you need to organise before you can actually move. There is a lot that goes into this process, and it can feel quite stressful and long-winded when you’re in the middle of it. However, if you are well organised ahead of time, this won’t be such a problem. Although you may still feel stressed out because moving home is never easy, it will certainly seem much more do-able. Read on to find out what you need to organise before moving home and help yourself as much as you can.
Before you can start looking at other properties or even put your own home on the market, you need to get yourself organised; it all begins with you. The first thing to do is declutter because in that way, you won’t have to worry about packing so much stuff when the time comes to leave. But as well as this, you also need to have a good idea of where you want to go and what you’re looking for.
Getting this information in place and straight in your mind right at the start means you can narrow down your search later on, and you’ll already know what you can and can’t afford and what you do and don’t want. This makes the eventual search a much quicker one.
Find A Good Estate Agent
When you’re more prepared and you know what you want, you need to sell your home to get it. The next step is to find a good estate agent who can help you do just that. It’s always best to speak to at least three different agents and to compare them to one another. In this way, you can be sure you’re making the right choice for you and your property.
The valuation is going to be something to consider, of course. However, whether the estate agents all come up with roughly the same selling price or they are vastly different, it’s almost more important to be happy with the agent on a more personal level – you need to trust them, after all. Check their reviews, think about your interactions, and if the value the agent you like best offers is lower than someone else, discuss it with them to find out their reasons. It might make more sense when you understand what they were thinking.
Find A Conveyancing Solicitor
As well as an agent to sell your property, you’ll need to look for conveyancing solicitors to help buy your next one. There is a lot of legal red tape to get through, and your solicitor is the one who will guide you. Without the conveyancing solicitor, your sale and purchase could fall through at the last moment, and that would be highly upsetting.
Get A Mortgage
Unless you happen to have a lot of cash in the bank or you’re selling a house worth more than the one you’re buying (and there is enough equity within your current property to buy it outright), the likelihood is that you’ll need a mortgage.
There are many different mortgages available from many lenders, which is why having a mortgage broker to help you find the right one is the best thing you can do. The broker will search the whole of the market to get you the best deal. Although it’s possible to do this yourself, you could easily miss out on a much better interest rate.
I hope these tips make moving home a smoother process.
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