Do you dream of being in your new home by the New Year? There’s still time but you’ll need to be quick. Here are some handy tips for being in your new home by the time the fireworks are ringing in midnight:
- Use an agent who has signed up to the most popular property portals
Make sure your agent or agents list their properties on the major online portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla to give your property the highest possible amount of exposure and chance of selling quickly. Find Houses for sale Gloucester, visit http://www.tgres.co.uk/for-sale/houses/gloucester
- Make sure your home is completely sale-ready
With so many aspects out of your control, make sure you take full control of the elements you can – like making your home in top-selling condition. Complete a big de-clutter, free up some space and think about perking the place up with a fresh coat of paint in a neutral colour for example.
- Set the right price
Try to get three valuations of your property but don’t just choose the one with the highest price. You need to be priced competitively for the current local market if you want a quick move.
- Choose a buyer ready to move
Find out how potential buyers are financing their offers. If you don’t have a cash buyer, try to find out if your buyers have an agreement in principle for a mortgage. If your potential buyer is selling their own property, be sure their home is under offer before removing yours from the market.
- Find a surveyor
Unless you’ve purchased a new-build which will still be under a NHBC guarantee, you’ll want to carry out a survey on the property you’re buying. Get this organised early as many are busy, and you may need to book some time in advance.
- Chase up your solicitor
Solicitors have a reputation for being a tad slow when it comes to the legal processes involved in conveyancing. Be sure to choose a solicitor who has been highly recommended and be upfront about your timeframe and whether they can work to your schedule. Ask them to prepare the draft contract in advance and locate your title deeds as soon as possible. Stay in close contact with your solicitor so you know exactly where you are at in the process. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be pro-active – that’s what you’re paying them for.
- Decide on a quick turnaround for completion
The completion happens when you finally take ownership of the keys to your new home. It pays to agree this date right from the start of the process with your buyer so you both know what you’re aiming for.