If you're considering a move and have started talking to estate agents, you've probably already discovered the importance of being 'proceedable' i.e., you've sold your house or have enough money in the bank for a cash purchase. Being proceedable will increase your appeal to sellers and help you to close a deal.
In other words, if you're serious about moving and have a house to sell, there's no time like the present to get it on the market. Here are our tips to make the process as painless as possible.
- House guru Kirstie Allsopp advises you to fall back in love with your house if you want others to do the same. Have a look round as if you were a viewer and take a note of what you first see when you walk into each room - do you see fabulous fixtures and fittings or a room that takes shabby chic to a new level?
- Think about decluttering and making simple improvements. Redecorating may well be unnecessary unless the paint is peeling off the walls - think instead about strategically placed accessories that you can take to your new home.
- Get at least three quotes from local estate agents. Ask friends for recommendations and don't necessarily go for the cheapest. Experienced agents who know your area inside out are worth their weight in gold. That doesn't mean you can't negotiate the commission fee though - give it a go, they will be keen to sign you up.
- Don't be tempted to put your house on the market for too much. Houses that stay on the market for too long and need to be reduced are a 'red flag' for buyers. If you put your home at a competitive price, you may well spark a bidding war and get much more than you hoped for.
- Consider part exchange if you are looking to move quickly and save on agents' fees.