Selling your property and then moving can be very stressful. It can also be a very long process; 51.8% of homes are not sold within the first 10 months of being on the market.
Moving and selling your home doesn’t always have to be such a long and stressful experience. We are here to try and help make the process as simple and efficient as possible. A few simple steps can make a big difference to the ease of selling your property and moving to a new location.
Undergo a Home Survey
Before you can sell your home, you will have to have a home survey completed. A home survey consists of an energy report, a single survey, and a property questionnaire. These three documents will give you and any potential buyers a clear understanding of your home’s current condition and value.
Knowing your home’s condition and value provides great clarity for everyone involved. Reducing any ambiguity will make you feel more prepared and will make any potential buyers feel more confident. A home survey will help make marketing your property easier and can provide you with recommendations on how to improve your home to help ensure a quick and seamless sale.
Declutter Your Home
The impact of a neat room should not be underestimated. Decluttering your home is an important step in making it as appealing and sellable as possible. It will also ease the moving process for yourself as it will make packing up your belongings a lot easier. A few weeks before you start packing, downsize and declutter your belongings. This way you will have less to pack up, and when you do, you’ll be more organised and have more room to move around in.
Tidying away any unnecessary clutter is a good idea but it is important to still keep the property looking lived-in so that potential buyers can envisage it as a living space. Don’t take away too many of your belongings so that your home is left feeling too generic.
Getting the Right Movers
When you move, you have to trust strangers with your most precious items during a highly stressful experience. It is important to do plenty of research so that you hire the best moving company for your needs. Read lots of reviews and request quotes from several companies so that you can comprehensively compare their different services.
By getting quotes and estimates early you will have peace of mind and feel more organised during the stressful moving process. It is important to remember to find out any all the information from your movers beforehand so that you know exactly what is included and what your role will be.
Fix and Clean Your Home
Before selling your property, it is recommended to make any necessary minor repairs. This will make your home more attractive as many buyers want to move into a home that doesn’t require any changes. Therefore, getting any minor problems fixed before putting your house on the market is a smart and valuable idea.
Giving your home a deep clean can also help it appear more attractive to potential buyers which could then speed up the selling process. Remove any limescale, clean tile grout, get rid of any odours, and hang up fresh towels. Adding a fresh coat of paint in a neutral colour can also help to freshen up and transform a room. It’s important to not forget to also neaten up your garden if you have one. These small, easy changes will make your home more appealing and will allow potential buyers to envisage their lives there.
Packing Safely for Moving
Packing up your home is a big task. You want all your belongings to arrive safely and to achieve this it is important to pack everything up safely. It is also important to ensure you and anyone helping you is safe during the move too. Always pack boxes so that one person can easily lift the box. You can control weight by what you pack into each box and once it is heavy enough for one person to lift it you should seal it up well. Fragile items should be well wrapped before packing and you should use masking tape to make an “X” on any large pieces of glass.
Life is filled with change and at times this can be highly stressful. Moving is seen as one of the ten most stressful life events. Hopefully, with these five helpful tips, you will be able to sell your home and move with ease!