If you’ve just found out you’re expecting another bundle of joy, you may be looking for a new home to fit your bigger family. But when you only have nine months to get ready, it’s difficult to know what to tackle first. And if you already own your current home, you are part of a chain that makes a quick move very difficult. Don’t panic. It can be done, and there are some clever hacks out there to help you make a smarter move.
Start with your own home. If you’re wondering how to sell your house fast in 2016, get it on the market quicker by taking action now. Before your agent comes to take the photos, you need to present your property well. The view from the street of the front of your house is the first photo that potential buyers will see. The exterior must be immaculate. Give the render a coat of fresh paint if it needs it. Clean the windows and tidy up your front planting and lawn.
Make sure the path is clear, and the door is fresh looking and inviting. Once the exterior is tidy, it’s time to focus on the interior. If your house is a family home, present it that way. Families need a good sized, clean kitchen. Surfaces should be clear of clutter. The living room should have comfortable seating and a TV. And the dining area should only have dining furniture in it. Remove all clutter from the home. You could use a temporary storage unit.
Once your home is ready for photos, you can start to search for the property you need. Gauge the prices in your desired area. Once you’ve visited a few to check they are the kind of home your family needs, it’s time to convince the bank to change your mortgage terms. Have all your financial information in good order. Adding references from your employers is also a good idea. Most importantly, you need to demonstrate that you can afford an increase right now.
You’ll also need a property lawyer to help you secure a new property. They also often act as a go-between for your mortgage company when it comes to buying the house. Last but not least, you’ll need to book a removals company to help you pack up the old house and move your belongings to the new one. By the time you’re ready to leave, you may be heavily pregnant so don’t expect to be doing much of the heavy lifting!
Raising extra funds to cover a deposit or the cost of buying a home can be achieved more easily than you think. Sell anything you don’t use. This may be old fashion favorites, domestic appliances that work but aren’t utilized, or even old CDs. Use auction sites, or preloved listings.
It’s going to be a busy time if you want to move quickly. Choosing an empty property that isn’t in a chain should offer a quicker sale completion. Be proactive in your own sale by readying your house and reaching out to the kind of people looking for your type of property. Happy moving.