A practical guide for home movers.
It can be an exciting time when you decide it’s time to up sticks and find your next home!
Even if you’ve sold a home before, chances are it’s been a while since you moved in and it might be a surprise how much you’ve forgotten about the process.
Can you answer these questions?
- When’s a good time to sell?
- What do we need to provide to prospective buyers?
- Should we use an estate agent and how much will they charge?
- What are the other costs?
Read our handy home sellers guide below to help answer some of your questions and offer a few tips on how to make sure your home gives a good impression to any potential buyers.
It’s not always possible to dictate when you put your property up for sale. It could be a change of personal circumstances or simply time for a change.
The time of the year when a house is put on the market can have an influence on how long it takes to sell. Spring is traditionally the most popular time; this could be because people begin thinking about a fresh start after Christmas and New Year, or perhaps thinking about it being easier to move in the better weather.
This doesn’t mean that if you put your house on the market at other times in the year it won’t sell.
It just means there could be fewer buyers in the market, which may mean it takes longer to sell, or
in a worst case scenario, mean you may have to be more flexible with the asking price.
Putting your house on the market
Some handy tips when it comes to putting your house on the market:
- Doing some homework (and some housework!) can pay off when it comes to listing your home.
- Clear out any rubbish, empty dishwashers and avoid having clothes out drying when it comes to viewings.
- Before the photos are taken, give your property a really good spring clean.
- If you have a garden, ensure it is well kept and looking tidy for the photos and viewings.
- Ask a friend to look round it before viewings start to see if they pick up on anything that could do with improving, which you may have missed.
- It’s worth getting at least 3 different valuations to help compare the recommended value of your house and the different listing fees.
Being organised is key to avoiding headaches on moving day...
Once you have accepted an offer and have a moving day lined up, you’ll soon be at the stage where you need to start packing up your belongings. This is not a job many home movers enjoy, but there are a few things you can do to make the first few days in your new home a little easier.
In particular, the sooner you book a removal company the better, although you should remember to get a few quotes before arranging this. Before beginning your packing, make sure you have bought or borrowed enough cardboard boxes for your belongings.
It’s a good idea to label all your boxes with the name of the room the contents belong in. It will make it a lot easier when you’re searching for the remote control for the TV or your phone charger!
For extra peace of mind it, make sure you keep any valuable or sentimental belongings with you when you move – just to be on the safe side.
Tidying up loose ends (before you hand over the keys)
You might be excited about starting a new adventure in your new home but you should make sure you tidy up any loose ends before you leave your old property for the final time. Use our checklist to help you out:
- Contact your utility companies to let them know you are leaving and to provide final meter readings.
- Inform your bank, building society and other service providers about your change of address (you can also use a mail redirection service, although there is a charge for this).
- Leave your new address for the new occupants to forward on any mail.
- Cancel any subscription services connected to your old home.
- Hand over all keys to the property, including shed and window keys.
If you’re ready to make that next move, take a look at our mortgage deals and find out what we can offer you.
Alternatively, if you already have a mortgage with us and you want to keep your current mortgage deal when you move home, take a look our information on portability .