Things to think about when you move house

Dream Home

Yay. Congratulations, you are moving house.  It is all very exciting.  You have found the house you want to buy and you have found a buyer for yours.  All is good.   Until somebody pulls out and the chain collapses.

How often have we heard this?  Time and time again a chain collapses and dream houses are lost.   So I thought I would share with you my top tips for trying to ensure this doesnt happen to you.

  1. Have all your paperwork in order, or be locating it whilst your house is up for sale.  Don’t be the one that holds up the chain because you can’t find that guarantee for the windows you replaced eight years ago.   Get it all together, in one folder, as soon as you can.
  2. Do your homework on the area you want to move to before you put in an offer.   Do you need to speak to schools to get a place / find a childminder / know the bus route for teens to get to work?  Make sure you know all that before you start looking in an area and then realise that your dream house may be amazing but is totally impractical when it comes to getting anywhere.
  3. Pack up as much of your house as you can beforehand.  Get it in storage so you dont have to move it on the day.   It also means that if your chain does collapse and you lose your buyer your house is in great shape to be remarketed.  Nobody wants to be stepping over clutter to do a viewing so start clearing stuff out as soon as you can.
  4. If you need to move fast consider an agent such as Property Rescue that will buy your house for you without you having to advertise and wait in a chain.   Exchange is typically within a matter of days and it is hassle free
  5. When you move in make the beds first.  You will be amazed how tired you are when it is all finally done and you can relax and realise you did it and have actually moved.   The last thing you want to be doing is looking for bedding!  Make the beds as soon as you move in, you’ll thank me for it.

Moving house is deemed to be one of the most stressful things you can ever do but if you plan ahead and make sure you are on the ball it really can be a much less painful experience!

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