Selling your house can be an extremely stressful process. It can be time-consuming, disappointing, expensive and can even leave you in a state of uncertainty if you get stuck in a housing chain. A recent survey by Which has found that for most people, selling a house can be more traumatic and stressful than getting a divorce or having a baby.
Whilst we can’t completely remove stress from selling your house, we do have a few tips which can help reduce the stress you go through during your house sale.
Find A Good Estate Agent
Having a reliable estate agent working to sell your home is a key factor in relieving some of the house selling stress. When choosing your agent, make sure you have created a list of things that are important to you such as rate of selling fees, local or online, independent or chain. Also, get reviews from other people and online, you will be able to see which estate agents have a good reputation.
Get Your House Sale Ready
Finding a buyer is the most important part of house selling so when you have prospective buyers coming to see your house make sure your house is looking at its best. Try to have a big clear out before you have viewings, not only will it help with decluttering, it will also make moving to a new house much easier. Always double-check with your estate agents what time the viewings are so that you can be fully prepared and have the house looking great.
Make A Plan
Planning your next move is a vitally important stage. Sometimes houses can sell really quickly and other times they can take months or even years to sell, try to plan for both eventualities. If your house sells quickly you may feel rushed into purchasing a new house which can lead to you choosing a house out of convenience rather than loving it. You could also find a house that you love however, your own house not selling can hold up the sale. Look at how the market in your area is doing in terms of how long the average house sale takes and how many similar properties are in your area.
Many people find selecting a price to sell their property an extremely stressful decision. Every house seller will want to get the best price for their property, particularly if they have spent a lot of their own money on upgrading the property. Pricing your property too high can put off potential buyers as they will either be priced out or feel like they can get a better deal elsewhere, particularly if the area is a competitive area to live in. In order to decide on a price, get valuations from different estate agents. Some valuations may differ by a substantial amount and others may be in the same general price range. Also, research what other similar properties in the area have sold for, this will give you a general idea of what people are willing to pay. If you are looking for a quick sale, it may be tempting to set a low price, however, this can also deter buyers as they may think that there is something wrong with the property.
Hire A Conveyancing Solicitor
Hiring the right conveyancing solicitor can be a huge way to relieve some of the stress involved in a house sale. A conveyancing solicitor will not only draw up the legal contracts for the house sale, but they will also be able to provide you with any legal advice relating to the mortgage, the contract and any issues that may have come up in your property survey. When choosing a conveyancing solicitor for your house sale, make sure you get quotes from several solicitors with a full break down of their fees. Different solicitors charge different rates and you don’t want to run into any hidden fees. Make sure that you check their credentials and find out if they are on the Mortgage Lender’s Panel. A solicitor with the right qualifications will ensure that the house sale goes smoothly. Choosing a local solicitor can be beneficial to you as they will have specialist knowledge of the location meaning they can tell you of any news or developments that could potentially impact the sale of your property. A local solicitor may also speed up the process of the sale.
There is nothing that completely removes the stresses of selling your property, however by following these tips you may be able to feel more in control of your sale and reduce the levels of stress you feel.
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