Moving house doesn’t need to be stressful!
The thought of moving house, whether it be your first time or not, can be a little overwhelming. In fact, a recent study by Which, revealed that people found moving home was more stressful than changing jobs, having children and getting married.
There is a lot of paperwork, communication and legal procedures that go on behind the scenes, much of which your Conveyancing Solicitor will deal with. But with the right preparation and forward-thinking, you can make this a much quicker operation and your house purchase a much smoother process.
Here are our five top tips to help you enjoy what should be an exciting stage in your life.
Before anything else, find and instruct a Conveyancer First of all, it is important that you find a solicitor firm that has either been recommended to you or one that has a good reputation. Choosing the right Solicitor is key to making your life less stressful and the process a whole lot easier. Also make sure you check that they have the right accreditations and skills for the job before proceeding.
Understand the costs The well known saying ‘You get what you pay for’ also counts for when you choose a Solicitor. Buying cheap isn’t always the best option, especially when it comes to choosing a Conveyancer. You may come across unexpected costs if your Solicitor doesn’t offer a service that includes fixed fees.
Organisation is key It definitely counts to be organised. On occasions, it can take longer than expected for a mortgage lender to come back with a mortgage offer, and can therefore cause the breakdown of a chain. By being organised and having a ‘mortgage in principle’, you could have the upper hand with estate agents and sellers.
Communication, communication, communication Hopefully you get the jist. Remember that your Conveyancer and Estate Agent is working for you, so do keep in touch with them with any updates or news you may have, good or bad. The more information they have, the smoother the whole process will be for everyone involved and the faster you get to move into your new home!
Be clear of your current situation Whether you are a first time buyer or selling a home for the fifth time, you must be clear of what you need to be doing, or have done, before proceeding with a house purchase. If you are a first time buyer, you will be in a strong position as you are not attached to a chain. Estate Agents and Solicitors will see this as a good opportunity. As a seller, before setting your sights on a particular property, ensure your home is on the property market and you have a clear understanding of how much you might be able to get for your house.
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