Christmas is one of the natural deadlines we set ourselves for getting momentous things done. No one wants to go into the Christmas period with uncertainty hanging over their heads, so we’ve come up with six tactics that can help you get settled in before festivities begin.
Prep Your Home for Sale
Make your home as appealing as possible by redecorating and decluttering. Treat it like a show home and try to imagine what you would like to see if you were a buyer. Maximise the light, get the windows sparkling clean and keep pets out of the way. Tidy up any outdoor space as well. Long grass, flaking paint, weeds and bins in disarray create a very bad impression.
Your home is only worth what someone will pay for it, so don’t fixate on achieving maximum market value if your priority is moving quickly. ‘Priced to sell’ means exactly that – take a pragmatic look at the market and set a figure that gives you an advantage over comparable properties. The sale price won’t significantly affect your conveyancing costs, and it may get things moving quickly. If you’re unsure about the implications, then it’s worth using a concierge service like Sam Conveyancing .
Pick Your Agent Carefully
There’s no shortage of estate agents to choose from, but apart from financial considerations like fees and commission, it’s really important to engage one you feel comfortable working with. Do they understand your priorities? Are they easy to talk to? Do they know the market and the area?
Don’t forget that buying can be as hazardous as selling, so you should move fast when you find a property you like. Getting a survey done is a great way of demonstrating commitment, and it gives you a lot of useful information early on. Make sure your agent and conveyancer are moving as quickly as you need: keep close tabs on every stage of the process and don’t let things like paperwork drag.
Get the logistics in place: removal company booked, time off work agreed, helping hands drafted in. If you’re in a chain – even a short one – you can’t control everyone else’s movements, but you can at least eliminate delays on your side by being flexible and prepared.
If you’re having new appliances or furniture delivered when you move, make sure you coordinate your timings. Also make sure you get the utilities switched over and Wi-Fi connection set up. Don’t forget to give your new address to your bank, insurance company and all the other organisations who need this vital information.