Buying & Selling Your Property

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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.

Why Is Country Living So Good?

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The country life has often been portrayed as a relaxing and calming experience, but does living in the country really live up to its reputation? Fortunately, the answer is yes. While country life can be sometimes isolating, it’s often this, as well as all the other benefits, that encourage many people to move to the country in the first place.

Embrace the Peaceful Surroundings

Authors always seem to disappear into the countryside if they’re looking for that all-important inspiration and thinking space, and it’s not surprising to see why. Whereas city life delivers a daily dose of noise, stress and congestion, the country life offers something a little more laid back.

The open area of the countryside allows its dwellers to really enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer. Only here can the singing of the birds and the blowing of the wind really be appreciated.

Live Within a Safer Environment

While a safe environment can be based on a number of factors, the country life provides less threat than that of the city. Wide open spaces means children can run free without fear of traffic. There is also the clean air to consider. Any air within the countryside will be fresher and purer than the smog-ridden air found in the city.

Feel Like Part of the Community

City life can feel pretty rushed most of the time, leaving very little time for the social interaction we all crave. This means that people pass each other daily without acknowledging anyone, instead focusing on the busy day ahead.

That’s not to say those who live in the country aren’t busy, farmers for example can work long hours. It’s more the environment they work within that makes their working life more relaxed when compared to that of a city dwellers, and as such, are much more approachable.

Living within the country means that you are likely to have a minimum number of neighbours, which means getting to know them all is a much easier affair. Whether you’re popping down to the shops, or knocking to borrow a cup of sugar, more often than not, you will be greeted with a welcoming smile.

Is Living In The Country Suited to Everyone?

No environment is right for everybody. For example, many crave the city life. They simply adore the late-night bars, the hustle and bustle and the general busy vibe the city provides. But those who crave a lifestyle that is decorated by beautiful surroundings, peace and quiet and scenic walks will simply fall in love with the country side.

Of course people may enjoy aspects of both, so it’s not uncommon for people to have two separate homes. One based in the countryside, and one based in the city. This means that people are able to enjoy the benefits that city life has to give, while still having a haven where they can go and relax as and when the time arises.

While some may not want to commit to the country life on a full-time basis, it is something that should at least be explored at some point during a person’s life.