Could you move house by Christmas?
Moving house is exciting no matter what time of year it is, but with the festive season approaching, are you eager to be in your new home by Christmas day? Buying or selling a property usually takes around one to three months, so there’s still time!
The main criteria you need to meet in order to move house quickly is organisation. To help keep you organised, we’ve put together a list of steps you’ll need to take to ensure a smooth and speedy transition from one property to another.
1) Find your property
The very first step is to find a property you love and that suits your needs. Make sure you are absolutely clear about your exact requirements to your estate agent – how many bedrooms do you need? Do you need to be within walking distance of schools? Once you’re sure that the property you’ve found is exactly what you need, you’re ready to move on to the next stage.
2) Make an offer
Now that you’ve found your dream home and assessed your budget, it’s time to make an offer. If you’re feeling lucky, take the opportunity to offer lower than the asking price at this stage, however, making an offer that is closer to the advertised price is likely to be a safer option for those looking to move in a hurry.
3) Organise your mortgage
Once your offer has been accepted for your new property, it’s time to take out a mortgage. Your mortgage rate and the number that are available to you will depend on the size of deposit you are able to put down.
4) Exchange contracts
Even though at this stage you’ve made an offer and organised your mortgage, the property you’re dealing with is not yet yours. Exchanging contracts is the step that seals the deal. A solicitor or conveyancer will undertake a number of checks and organise the final steps, leaving you and the previous owner of your new home with nothing left to do but sign on the dotted line!
To find out more about our buying, selling, renting and letting processes and how we can guide you through a seamless and stress-free process, contact our expert estate agents in your area today! Call 01489 584298.