If you ever had need to move due to relocation for employment, a growing family, or financial concerns you know how stressful it can be. Doing the appropriate quick fixes to get your current home ready for sale, shopping in a new area for a new home, and the packing and moving process all take their toll. There are some simple tips to keep it all as pain-free and stress-free as possible.
Selling Your Home
Selling your home can be very difficult in some markets. In others you do not even need an agent. The first thing you need to do is determine which market you are in fact in. Some careful calls to a couple agencies will make that clear. Do not tell them you are in need to move right away – just ask general questions about the market and time of sales for homes in the area and if the full market value is likely currently. Remember they are trying to sell you their service so you are listening for hints of information, not the sales pitch at first.
When your home goes on the market it should ideally have a fresh coat of paint on the inside, the garden should be tidy, and in as good a state of repair as you can achieve without spending too much money. You will be moving anyway so when you take photos off walls to paint put only a couple back up. Pack away most of the knick-knacks as well. You want open space so it looks roomier and makes it easier for prospective buyers to visualize their stuff instead of looking at yours.
Buying a New Home
Ensure you get a contingency to sell your home first if you do not have the resources to make to monthly mortgage payments. Look at homes that have been on the market for 90-180 days. New sellers are too slow to negotiate price and houses that have been on the market for a year are likely overpriced or in a bad state of repair. Make it very clear that you do not intend to negotiate, it is a single offer and offer low, then negotiate as need. Rather than being in a hurry to make another offer in a slow market let the seller sweat a few days on a counter offer and then say you are still looking at other places.
Close the Deals
The house is not sold officially and the new one is not bought until conveyancing and contracts are done. Using a quick move conveyancing agency that takes care of all the paperwork for you will save you time and stress. You can compare costs for service but ultimately it is time and good service that matter most in this area.