From the costs associated with moving to planning in advance, we look at the steps every seller should consider before placing their home on the open market.
Moving home is widely considered to be one of the most stressful things we can undertake in life.
And yet, every year millions of us decided to navigate the property ladder, selling up and moving on to a new house and perhaps even a new area or town – in fact, the average person will move home at least eight times in their life.
Whether you are moving house to find more space, need to be closer to highly rated schools or even just feel like a change of scenery, selling your home can be a tricky process. But to be forewarned is to be forearmed, and here at The Estate Agency Company we aim to ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible.
Here, to make your next big flit easier, we’ve rounded up the top five things every homeowner needs to consider before they sell their property in Scotland.
1. Ask yourself, “Am I ready to move?”
Just because you have the urge to move home, doesn’t mean it’s the right time.
Whether you are simply bored of your current surroundings or have succumb to a pang of jealousy after visiting a friend’s new property (we’ve all been there), the decision to up sticks shouldn’t be taken lightly.
There are lots of factors to consider before you decide to sell your home. For example, is your home in the best condition to achieve its full market value? Can you afford a better property? And what will you gain from moving?
Before you settle on selling, write a list of the pros and cons and make sure to talk it over with an expert to decide if now is the right time to sell.
2. Remember to consider all the costs
Ah money – the root of all joy and pain in life.
Moving home often isn’t a cheap process, so before you sell it’s always a good idea to add up the costs. You’ll need to factor in legal fees, stamp duty and van rental to name but a few. And don’t forget the bottle of champagne for when you’re done!
3. It pays to search the market
Do you know how much your neighbours’ properties are worth? If not, now is a good time to find out.
Research property prices in your local area, comparing your home to others of a similar size and quality. Once you know roughly how much your property might achieve on the open market you can get a valuation and take the next step towards selling.
4. Always make time to plan and prepare
To avoid added stress and upheaval during selling your home, take the advice of the Boy Scouts – always be prepared.
This involves making a list of everything that needs to be done before you move, clearing out cupboards and clutter, and getting your paperwork in order.
After all, there’s nothing worse than coming to the day of the missives only to realise you have no idea where your spare keys are hiding.
5. You’ll need some help
When you’re selling your home, don’t just rely on second-hand advice or half-baked Google searches. It always a good idea to get some expert help.
Everyone at The Estate Agency Company has the expertise to ensure you get the best price for your home, in a time frame that suits you. So get in contact and relieve some of that selling stress.