If the thought of frantically stuffing boxes fills you with dread, fear not because we’ve rallied the troops at Winkworth to get some top tips on moving house.
From booking the moving van to hiring a solicitor and sorting final bills, moving calls for quite the to-do list. Focus on getting the legalities smoothly sorted first, before focusing on the physical move itself. If the thought of frantically stuffing boxes fills you with dread, fear not because we’ve got advice from the best in the business. Here are our tips on moving house from Winkworth’s agents.
Director of Winkworth Salisbury
FAIL TO PREPARE, PREPARE TO FAIL
Dress your house and your garden for a sale. Prepare your home by focusing on the reasons why you fell in love with it in the first place. Buying decisions are made in the first few minutes of entering a property. If a home is well-prepared for sale, it’ll show serious, able buyers that you mean business and that this is the place to invest their money.
LIVE LIKE A LOCAL
Driving, cycling or walking around a new area, particularly at different times of the day, is the only way to really understand where is best to move to. Go to the local pub, eat in the neighborhood restaurant and talk to locals. You’ll find that a lot of people will happily tell you all the good things about where they live. Living like a local for the day is the best research you can possibly do before making a buying decision.
For most people, moving house is something they have chosen to do, as a good thing. Don’t become despondent if you don’t find your dream property on your first viewing - equally, don’t try to talk yourself out of it, if you do! Listen to everything you are told by the agent and owner, have a healthy sense of cynicism but also believe in the inherent good of people. If a house feels right, it probably is, if it doesn’t – stick with the viewing, you would be amazed how many clients buy a house they first thought they wouldn’t like. Above all, retain your sense of humour when the ridiculous happens, because it will! It will all be worth it, in years to come and the stress of moving becomes but a distant memory.
Sales Manager of Winkworth Blackheath
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Knowing where you want to be is most of the battle. Get a good understanding of the community you are moving into by visiting a local family pub and observing the people that are around you.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Get a strong understanding of the true value and saleability of your home. Often agents will overplay the value to try and impress a seller. Try not to be led by this and instead look at the comparable evidence of similar properties and assess as a buyer what you would pay for it.
FIX UP, LOOK SHARP
Get your home in order. If you have had any work done in the past, are all the relevant consents and certificates in place? Are there any issues that may come up in a survey? Get them fixed before selling.
Director of Winkworth Devizes
NICE GUYS FINISH FIRST
Be patient and charming with your agent whether you’re buying or selling - in most cases they are trying their best in difficult circumstances. It’s also definitely worth your while to be honest and straight with all professionals involved in the process.
Ensure you have instructed a solicitor and they have prepared a contract pack to send out as soon as a sale has been agreed.
Listen to the advice that your professional agent gives you, particularly with regards to the guide price. Remember in most instances when selling, your first offer is your best!
Try and stay calm, selling and buying houses can be stressful and sometimes things go wrong - just remember agents and solicitors are there to help not hinder, so trust them to do their jobs.