Is it really possible to pull off a house move in time for Christmas?
With just over 8 weeks to go before Christmas, the pressure is on if you want to be cooking your turkey in your longed for new home.
So, is it really possible to pull off a house move in time for Santa?
The answer is yes, definitely, if you are prepared to put in the necessary time and ground work.
Here are some helpful tips to make your Christmas house moving wishes come true:
Prepare for your Sale
Declutter, touch-up paint work and attend to repairs. Give your rooms a sense of purpose, so your potential buyers can envision themselves living in the space. Rooms used for storage should be returned to the bedroom or conservatory it was designed for.
Select an Estate Agent
If time is of the essence, it would be wise to use a good local estate agent who has an extensive knowledge of the area you live in. Make sure they are aware of your deadlines and be prepared to be flexible on price if your budget allows. You may be able to negotiate a little on price if the owners of the property you are interested in have the same desire to move before Christmas.
Prepare for your purchase
Work out a realistic, maximum budget which should include the cost of the property, all fees for conveyancing and moving and stamp duty. Be pro-active with your search by providing estate agents with a list of your chosen location, price limit, property type and essential requirements. Set-up new property alerts on popular sites like Rightmove and Zoopla.
Choose a good conveyancer
Ask for recommendations and look for a firm with a dedicated conveyancing team. Those offering a fixed-price ‘no sale, no fee’ contract have more incentive to push through the transaction efficiently.
Secure your finance
If you need a mortgage, consult an independent broker to see how much you can borrow. They will also be able to recommend the best type of mortgage and rates to suit your circumstances.
Once you have chosen a mortgage provider make sure you get all the required documentation to them a.s.a.p. and ask them to issue you with an agreement-in-principle. It is also important to ask them if they are able to meet your deadline?
Book your removal company
Shop around to get the best deal available and then book them provisionally, as early as possible. You don’t want to be scrambling around looking for someone to move you in those last couple of weeks leading up to Christmas.
At Boardwalk our mission is to improve estate agency standards in Bristol and offer property purchasers support through the often confusing and stressful buying and selling process.
We work with specially selected business partners we can recommend, including:
- Mortgage Broker
- Solicitor/Licensed Conveyancer
- Building Surveyor
- Insurance Advice
- Removal Experts
For further details contact us