Looking to make a change?
Whether you are moving up, moving down or even moving out, we know it can quickly go from excitement to frustration. Our main aim is to ensure we keep that excitement going.
Here is a clear guide - without the estate agent jargon, to help you through this process.
Get yourself in the best position to move
Naturally, people will be in different positions when searching for their new home. It’s never just about the pounds and pence and it's vital you can put yourself in the best possible position you can. Start by making sure your finances are secured, deposits are readily available or easily accessible and any house sales are progressed as far as possible.
Ready to get out there?
Now everything is in hand and you can enjoy the exciting part - finding the perfect place. Whether that’s your first flat or your forever home, it’s got to be right. We recommend registering with local estate agents
The more properties you view, the more you learn about what is important for your new home, so try to view as many as possible
Weekend viewings are great to get a better feel for the local community and what the area has to offer. Don’t be afraid to ask questions so you are fully informed and you have all the information you need to decide whether you’d like to offer.
Found that dream spot and ready to make an offer?
You have found a new home and now you are ready to make an offer. The Estate Agent will always let you know what information they need to make your offer as appealing as possible. Having your agreement in principle, up to date bank statements and a solicitor in mind will put you in a great place to start negotiations.
If you see anything at the property you would like or perhaps expect to be included within the purchase, make sure you state this as part of your offer. Always follow up in writing reconfirming any conditions or contingencies to ensure everything is clear and no nasty surprises later on.
Having your offer accepted & progressing the sale
Great news everything is moving ahead and we are sure you are ecstatic. In order to make this process as smooth and as swift as possible we recommend getting the solicitor instructed immediately and leaving funds on account, so your solicitor can progress your file as much as possible. They will identify any potential issues and make sure the house does not impose any risk to buy. Once they are satisfied and ready to sign off you should be looking to exchange contracts and arrange a completion date for collection of keys and for you to be able to move in.