Moving house? Then we’ve put together four things you need to know before you do so.
- You can save on estate agent’s fees
Look into what savings you can make by using an online estate agent rather than a traditional high street estate agent. The online agents will charge considerably less but remember you’ll have to do more of the work, from compiling some of the sales information and photographs to showing prospective buyers around. If you’d prefer to use a local estate agent who knows your area well, you can still make savings by shopping around to get the best deal and by haggling – yes haggling does work in this instance – but expect to pay fees of between 1 and 1.5 %.
- You can sell your property quickly
If moving quickly outweighs your need to make the most cash for your home, then consider a quick sale company. You’ll be made an offer that is below the market value, but you will have the reassurance of a speedy sale. Just be sure to choose a reputable firm and shop around to find the best price for your home. If you are selling inherited property, it can be a complicated and time-consuming business. However, you can make it easier by using a specialist buyer, such as Probate Property, who are experienced in buying property direct from the executors of estates. The sale will, therefore, be more straightforward for you and cut out the middleman, making for a timelier and less stressful sale.
- Paperwork in place
To ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible, ensure you have all of your paperwork in place in good time. Consumer champion Which? has a helpful checklist, that you can work through to ensure you have all of the paperwork you need for your move. Remember to notify your bank, utility providers and other key service providers of your intentions to move and wind up your bills. Also, inform any other relevant people and institutions of your change your address and phone number. In addition, have your post redirected to your new address using the Royal Mail’s redirection service, for 3, 6 or 12 months. It is a small price to pay, but certainly worth it for the peace of mind, the comes from knowing your post will reach you at your new home.
- You can save on removal costs
You can save on removal fees, as a quick rule of thumb, the more you do yourself, the less the move will cost you. If you don’t have furniture and you’re moving into your first home, it may well be something you can see to yourself, with a little help from your friends and family. Another option is to do all of the packing yourself, but employ a professional removal firm for the actual move. Alternatively, employ a reputable removal firm to both pack and undertake the removal for you; just request at least three written quotes, so you find the best deal. Ensure you know what the quotes include, so you don’t incur any surprise additions to your removal bill. When it comes to the actual packing, your removal firm may well be able to supply you with boxes at a cheaper rate than you could buy them in most retail outlets, alternatively, look on www.freecycle.org to see if any packing material is being given away in your local area.
So there you have four things you need to know when looking to move home. We hope that your move goes smoothly and that you are soon settled into your new home.