Moving home can be a lengthy process, sometimes taking several months. A lot of buyers use Christmas as a self-imposed deadline, often so they can host the festivities in their new home and start the new year in their new house. However, if you’ve still not put your house on the market then don’t fret, as it’s still possible to sell up and be moved into a new home in a matter of weeks rather than months.
Quealy & Co Estate Agents in Sittingbourne, Kent, talk you through what you need to do to make Christmas in your dream home a reality. We can’t make any promises, but we can help you do everything possible to realise that dream!
Prep Your Property
If you want a quick sale then now is the perfect time for a clear out, so you can showcase your property in its best light.
At a minimum, it’s a good idea to declutter and tidy the house and garden. Improving your property’s kerb appeal by cutting the front lawn and putting a couple of plants out the front can also make a bigger difference than you might think.
And if any rooms are looking tired or outdated then a lick of paint could do just the trick. Go for neutral colours too, because when combined with a room that’s been decluttered, it gives potential buyers a far clearer idea of how they’ll use the space if they move in.
Get Your Finances In Order
To give yourself the best chance of moving quickly you’ll need to have everything in place as soon as possible, particularly when it comes to finances.
Speak to a mortgage broker about how much you can borrow, and what your options are regarding porting your mortgage. You should also get your mortgage in principle arranged in plenty of time too.
You’ll also need to have at least three months’ wage slips available, as well as your most recent P60. Another thing you’ll need to check is that you have instant access to all of your funds, as many savers will often deposit large amounts of savings into an account that doesn’t provide instant access in order to get a better interest rate. So make sure you’re able to access your funds when you need them.
Weigh Up All Offers
If you’re fortunate enough to get multiple offers on your property then you may have to compromise a little on price in order to meet your Christmas deadline.
For example, first-time buyers and cash buyers are ideal when you’re looking for a quick sale, but they might be offering less than someone else who is part of a lengthy chain.
Ultimately it comes down to how important your Christmas deadline is, but if it’s absolutely vital to you, then you may have to accept a slightly lower offer to get the ball rolling quickly.
Make Sure Your Property’s Being Marketed Properly
It’s highly likely that your estate agent will advertise your home on the major property websites, on their website and social media too, but it’s worth double-checking that this is the case.
Make sure you have a ‘for sale’ sign put up outside too, as you never know who might be looking around the area on the off chance of seeing a place they like on the market.
Basically, you want your property to be seen by as many people as possible, so when you’re speaking to estate agents, find out how and where they plan to advertise your home, to ensure it’s getting plenty of exposure.
Don’t Cut Corners
Just because you’re in a rush to move into your new place, don’t allow it to cloud your judgment when it comes to the important things.
For example, it’s always a good idea to get a survey carried out on the new property, even if it could mean a slight delay in completing the purchase.
Surveys can flag up some pretty big issues, so it’s better to find out about them before you’ve committed to buying a place than after you’ve moved in.
On the subject of cutting corners, don’t fall into the trap of choosing the cheapest solicitor and estate agent to handle your property transaction. Although it might take some extra time, it’s always worth speaking to a handful of agents and solicitors to get an idea of their timescales and their professionalism. After all, it’s important to deal with professionals that you can trust and who’ll look to meet your deadline, rather than those who don’t pick up the phone and leave your file on the bottom of a mountain of case files!
Talk To The Kent Property Experts
Here at Quealy & Co Estate Agents, we will do our utmost to get you moved into your new home by Christmas – but you’ll need to get in touch very quickly! Our team would be delighted to answer any questions you may have about moving home.
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