5 ways to a pain free move
Take a moment, cast your mind back and try to remember what you were doing this time 7 years ago. I’m guessing it’s a struggle? I’m not surprised as many of us would find it hard to remember what we were doing 7 days ago, never mind 7 years. On average, we Brits move to a new house every 7 years, so all in all it’s no surprise that it turns out to be an emotional and unfamiliar experience.
Don’t despair though, help is at hand with our top tips for achieving a pain free home move.
- It’s time to get ruthless. Moving is an expensive business and moving things you’ve not used for years and aren’t ever likely to use again is a pointless exercise. Now’s the time to get harsh with your hoarding habits; we’ve all got our favourite hoarding spots. So, whether it’s the garage, loft, shed or spare room, start tackling them. Remember this is not a shuffling and tidying exercise or a nostalgic trip down memory lane, this is a ruthless cull of any items that really don’t have a place in your wonderful new dream home.
- Have important paperwork to hand. Get an understanding from your estate agent of what information your solicitors will need for your sale. Think about any alterations you’ve made to the property. Not only the big ones that are obvious like an extension or conversion, but also think about smaller ones such as replacement windows, boiler replacement, additional electrical works. The paperwork associated with these e.g. planning consent, building regulation certificates, FENSA certificates, warranties etc will be needed by your solicitors and your buyer. So, get yourself a folder and start getting them all together to saves time and prevents delays once you’ve found your buyer.
- Keep on top of mundane chores. Viewings can be an unpredictable beast. No one is expecting you to live in a show home, but you should keep on top of mundane chores. By mowing the lawns, keeping beds made and bathrooms and kitchens sparklingly clean and tidy, when you get a call from your agent asking if they can do a viewing at short notice, it can be accommodated with ease.
- Use the resources available to you. Selling your house is only part of the home-moving process. It is likely to be an infrequent experience for you, but remember your estate agent is helping home movers daily. So, if you’re struggling to find your dream home, then let them know. The more proactive agents will help you find your home and I’ve even been known to go on viewing of potential properties with our clients. A good agent should also be able to help with many more elements of your home move, from removal companies to electricians, from surveyors to cleaners. As the saying goes “if you don’t ask you don’t get” so why struggle alone when you have such a resource at your fingertips.
- Stay calm. Moving to a new house is an emotional journey, described recently by one of our clients as a rollercoaster. The key to making your sale as pain free as possible is maintaining the lines of communication. Use your estate agent to ensure any issues are identified as early as possible and solutions are discussed and agreed. This is likely to lead to daily calls on some occasions, but better this than things going silent as silence is unhelpful to everyone involved and causes unnecessary delays.