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26 Jul 2016

Five top tips to make your move stress-free

Author: Antony Gibson

We understand how stressful the moving process can be, so we have put together some top tips to help ensure your move is as smooth as possible and no surprises crop up along the way.

1. Organise your finances

Organising your finances as early as possible will put you in the best position to make your first step, especially if you need to sell your home in order to buy your next one. It’s important (and very helpful) to understand what you can afford before you start your property search. In fact, this is especially vital now, due to the Mortgage Market Review (MMR) reforms.

Researching your mortgage can be exhausting but don’t be put off by this, make sure you know everything there is to know and what you can afford. Many agencies even provide a free appointment with a mortgage adviser, so if the whole prospect seems daunting, arrange a free consultation to get you on the right path.

2. Have you considered whether you should buy or sell first?

In most circumstances we believe the best advice is to put your property on the market before you start looking. Not only will this help you organise your finances but it means you’ll be taken more seriously by both estate agents and sellers. Plus, receiving interest in your property, and possibly even offers, before you start searching for your next house will put you in a great position to make a serious offer.

If you’re struggling to find your next home services such as Romans’ Home Finder service could be ideal as it allows you a unique opportunity to access properties before anyone else – even ones that aren’t on the market yet.

3. Be aware of the extra services you need

In order to protect your future outgoings and avoid any unnecessary delays, costs and frustrations, it is vital you get a survey of the property you are interested in. Make sure the surveyors you choose are professional and qualified. You will also require the help of conveyancing specialists to organise the legal process of transferring your property from one person to another.

Explore all of the services an agency can offer you – after all, it’s more convenient if you have access to all the services you need under one roof.

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4. Be aware of timescales

Let’s be honest, a truly stress-free move is often a quick one! And nothing makes things run easier during a complicated process than excellent communication. Having an agency that is able to guide you through the entire process from offer to completion is vital given that one in three sales in the UK fail to complete (Guardian).

To achieve a successful completion Romans offers all customers a personal Move Manager, who is dedicated to progressing your sale through to a swift and trouble-free completion.

5. Feel comfortable in your choice of agency

Look out for agents that are knowledgeable about the local area, passionate about seeing your contract through to the end, and proactive in their marketing techniques. Ultimately, you need to make sure you choose an agent you are happy with.

As moving day starts to approach you might be interested in Romans' top tips for a smooth moving day.

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