Selling your home is never an easy feat. With house price growth currently at a 17-year high, an increasingly competitive modern market makes the process even more daunting. Selling your property might seem complicated, but there are a few steps you can take to simplify the process – especially where paperwork is involved.
Think: Is it the right time to sell?
Like most others, the property market peaks and falls, so it’s worth doing a little bit of research before starting the sale process. It’s widely agreed that spring is the best time to put a house up for sale, avoiding busy times for families like summer holidays and the Christmas period.
However, the housing market shows no signs of slowing overall. The number of residential sales in England jumped by 23.7% last year alone, with over 804,400 properties sold in total – so if you feel emotionally and financially prepared to move, that’s probably a good indicator that the time is right.
Technically, it’s not impossible to sell your house without a solicitor. If you know your way around the market and associated regulations, you might find it doable. However, the relentlessly time-consuming nature of the process often makes it too large a commitment to take on.
Most homeowners find that hiring experienced conveyancing solicitors guarantees professional handling of all logistics involved in selling and changing ownership, securing the transaction with confidence.
When it comes to marketing your home, you need to be on top of your game. It’s a good idea to deep clean each room and organise your belongings, keeping the focal points of each room as intended – and not on any clutter.
Furthermore, first impressions count – so try to tidy up the outside of the property too, pruning any overgrown shrubs and making sure your lawn is looking healthy, if you have one.
Check your mortgage
If you’re already a homeowner, the likelihood is that you’ve got an existing mortgage. Selling your home is a huge commitment, so you’ll need to make sure that you’ve reached a point in your mortgage where you can confidently sell the property on. It’s also possible to move home and keep your existing mortgage, but you’ll need to check if you’re eligible first.
Getting your home officially valued will help make sure that your home goes on the market at the correct price. You’ll benefit from the peace of mind that you won’t be losing any money on a low asking price, nor have the property on the market for months without interest.
With some research and these crucial steps, you’ll be on your way to making a hassle-free sale soon.