With the start of a new year, comes the chance to change. For many, this means starting fresh and putting down new roots. For those looking at moving house for the first time, or taking their first step onto the property ladder, we’ve put together some handy tips to ensure that you’ll get off to a positive start.
Deciding whether you intend to hire an estate agent or market the property yourself is your first step. Estate agents in Chelmsford and surrounding areas are always happy to answer any questions before you make your decision. In 2023 there will likely be more people looking into selling their home, and it can be tempting to go down the route of undertaking the sales process yourself. However, there are some added benefits of having an estate agent managing the sale for you. These include their access to hundreds of potential buyers and their ability to photograph and market your property for you. If you are short of time, this could save you a lot of hassle in the long run. Talk to your local estate agents and see what they can advise and offer you.
The next step is to ensure that you have all the correct paperwork and finances in place and that you are ready to put an offer in. The 2023 housing market looks set to be just as competitive as the previous year, and you may be facing tough competition from other interest parties on houses that you fall for.
Ensure that you have the best possible deposit saved and that this money is ready to be moved quickly. You will also need an agreed mortgage in principle and a solicitor to help handle the financial side.
Finding a good solicitor can often be a challenge for first time buyers. You should consider asking friends and family for recommendations and be sure to ask them how long their solicitors took to reply and address important queries. For a house move to go smoothly, both the buyer and the seller should have a solicitor who can act in a timely fashion. When hiring your solicitor, you should obviously ask about their fees, but also find out if they have any planned vacation time that may clash with or slow down your move.
Packing doesn’t have to be stressful. You can streamline the process by carefully labelling all boxes and ensuring that they are placed in the correct area of your new house. Purchasing bubble wrap and supplies in bulk from wholesale websites or asking on Facebook marketplace will help to keep costs low. Don’t leave packing until the last minute. Giving yourself plenty of time will reduce the need to rush and potentially avoid breakages.
There are so many more things to bear in mind when you move home in 2023. Be sure to ask friends and family for advice and help, to keep costs low and to talk to your estate agent regularly to gain information regarding timelines and moving dates.