The moving process can be stressful, as everyone knows, but there are some simple steps you can take to make your move go with less stress.
Kevin Shaw, national sales director at Leaders, says: “It’s rare for any move to be completely free of stress but there are certainly ways to make the process easier. By following our tips below you can make sure things go as smoothly as possible and avoid some common problems.”
Organise your finances
Organising your finances as early as possible will put you in the best position to make your first step. It’s important to understand all the costs involved and work out exactly how much you can afford before you start your property search.
If you need a mortgage, as most people do, getting yourself pre-approved - which means being qualified by a mortgage lender prior to starting the search for your new home – will help you get your move off to the best possible start. Not only does this enable you to find out for certain exactly how much you will be able to borrow so you can focus your property search accordingly, it also puts you in a stronger position once you’ve found a property you want to make an offer on. In today’s competitive market this will help you secure the home you want.
Researching and applying for a mortgage can be exhausting on your own so our advice is to use a mortgage adviser who can help take the pain out of the process.
Sell your property before trying to buy your next home
In most circumstances it is best to put your property on the market before you start looking for your next home. Not only will this help you organise your finances but it means you’ll be taken more seriously by both estate agents and sellers. Plus, getting interest in your property, and possibly even offers, before you start searching for your next home will put you in a great position to make a serious offer.
Get a survey and a conveyancing specialist
In order to protect your future outgoings and avoid any unnecessary delays, costs and frustrations, it is vital you get a survey of the property you are buying. Make sure the surveyors you choose are professional and qualified.
You will also need a conveyancing specialist to organise the legal process of transferring your property from one person to another.
Respond promptly to enquiries during the sales process
The quicker the process of selling and buying a home, the less stressful the experience tends to be. Depending how many other parties are involved, this can take some time but you can help by being quick to respond to any queries and provide necessary documentation. Your estate agent should also be proactive and keep you fully informed throughput the process so that any potential problems or delays can be swiftly dealt with.
Choose an estate agent who will help you every step of the way
The estate agent you use can make all the difference to your moving experience. Choose an experienced local firm that knows the area well and is passionate about helping you achieve your aims. Check out their reputation, their marketing techniques, and their professionalism by meeting them face-to-face, asking lots of questions and seeking recommendations from other clients.
Ultimately, you need to make sure you choose an agent you can trust to look after your best interests throughout the process.
For advice you can trust on all aspects of buying, selling, letting or renting, contact your local Leaders branch today.