Moving house is something that virtually everyone does at some point in their lives. Whether you are moving to the country or moving to the city, there are some principles that are the same. And while the process is always a little chaotic, there are tips to make it as smooth as possible, especially if there are kids involved in the process!
Preparing the house
To get the best price for your own home, you might need to do a little work. Have a chat with the local estate agents and get them to give you an honest assessment of the property. If you are aiming to sell to another family, then the house will need to be in a condition where new people could move straight in and live there immediately. If you are selling the house to someone interested in property developing, then this might be a little less important.
Always view your property as an investment and make sure you get the best possible price. Don’t opt for losing money for a quick sale unless this is crucial to your plans – quick house sale companies rarely get you the full market value. Estate agents may take a little longer to sell the house but will get you the best possible price. Their valuation upfront will give you an idea of what you have to work with.
Finding a new property
As soon as you start the selling process, you also need to be laying the foundation for the buying process – especially if you are moving house with a family! You don’t want to find that the sale of your house falls through because you have nowhere to go when you leave it.
After you have your valuation from the estate agent, you can begin to look at properties and see what you can afford. If you are moving out to the country, you might find you can get a little more house for your money than in the city as properties prices are sometimes lower.
The legal stuff
There’s not really a good way to avoid the need for legal involvement in the buying and selling of a house and to ensure it is all done correctly, it wouldn’t be advisable anyway. Talk to two or three lawyers to get prices before you commit to anyone and look for recommendations from friends and family.
Once you start the legal process, you should specify and have specified a range of little issues. Things such as what you are leaving the house – carpets, fixture, even furniture – should all be specified in the contract for both parties. The same should be done with the house you are buying so again you know what will be taken and what will be left.
Preparing the move
It is a good idea to start the packing process as soon as you know you are going to move. Once you have a good idea about what you will need moving, you can get prices for your removal men as they usually charge by the box. Again, shop around and get a few prices – look at areas such as insurance and their customer reviews to get the right people for the job.
Finally, don’t forget to organise your documents and other important paperwork with your change of address. Things such as bank accounts, driving licenses, passports and credit cards all need to be updated to ensure everyone knows where you are. A redirect of mail for a short time can also be a benefit. That way you will still get mail from anyone you missed notifying first time around.