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Moving house? How To Cut Your Costs In Half…

Moving house? How To Cut Your Costs In Half…

How much would you say it costs to move house?

Remember, you will have solicitors to pay – and, let’s face it, they’re never cheap; you’ll need a removal firm; unless you’re a first-time buyer you’ll have to pay stamp duty; and then there’s bound to be some new bits or furniture or some appliances to acquire.

Indeed, according to some new research, since 2007 the cost of moving house has gone up by 4% to an average of £7,356. But, if you employ a high street estate agent charging an average commission, did you know that their fee makes up for almost half that figure? That’s right… A total of around £3,200 goes to them.

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The Alternatives

No doubt there will many vendors who won’t begrudge it and not for one minute are we suggesting that there’s anything shady going on. As the saying goes “you pays your money and you takes your choice”.

But, when times are tight and financing the Big Move is one of the most significant obstacles to buying that new place you’ve always dreamed of, paying an estate agent such a large fee seems … well, profligate to say the least.

We’re by no means the cheapest of the alternative online agents out there but our packages are substantially less than you would pay on the high street – and yet the services we can offer don’t differ all that much.

What We Can Do For You

We offer images, floor plans and For Sale boards as standard, our prices are inclusive of VAT, we can help with assisted viewings if you prefer and we even offer a no-nonsense, money-back guarantee; if you’re not happy with the service we provide for any reason, tell us within 30 days and we’ll refund you.

So, if your plans for 2018 include a new home, our advice would be shop around; after all the difference between a fee of £3,200 and our up-front package of £600 could help cover the cost of that new kitchen, the three-piece suite or even a bit of a break once the move is out of the way.

Worth considering? Just give us a call or a drop us a line if you think so … We’d love to help if we can.

New Year, New Home …?

New Year, New Home …?

Christmas tends to be a time when we take a moment to sit back and take stock of our lives.

Of course we know having family round and enjoying a few glasses of mulled wine can lead to a little sentimentality – either about how things are right now or how they used to be; and there’s nothing wrong with that.

But, as well as the inevitable nostalgia, it’s also a time when we look to the future and make promises to ourselves and, for some, that may be a moving house.

A Time To Dream

Of course, new-year resolutions are frequently broken – some within days or weeks – and uprooting the family and moving somewhere different is one of the most stressful experiences we go through in life.

But it’s by no means impossible; thousands of people do it every year. But it’s also easy to have your dreams trampled all over, not necessarily by cold hard facts but often by worries over finances and even how national or world events will affect your plans.

But, if you’re determined, methodical and thorough in your preparation, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever why you can’t make your dreams of a new place come true. All we would recommend is that you make sure you know the difference between facts and hearsay.

Facts Or Fiction

If someone begins to relate a story about the property market and how it may play out over the next few years, remember the things they may say may not be fact. Check them out. Ask people who work in the industry for their opinions and don’t rely on speculation.

If you have your own concerns – perhaps about the terms of a new mortgage, the impact of Brexit on property prices, relocating the dog or finding work if you’re planning to move further afield – remember Google is your friend. Research them and establish the facts not the imagined setbacks.

But before you do any of that, why not start the year by making a simple list of the advantages and disadvantages of a new home?

Be honest, take your time and include everything and, by the time you’ve finished, we’re pretty sure you’ll know where your heart really lies – and, as a result, what you probably need to do next.

FIVE DON’TS WHEN SELLING YOUR HOUSE

FIVE DON’TS WHEN SELLING YOUR HOUSE

A new year often means a new start. For some, that might mean a new job, for others even a new life in a different country.

But, as UK online estate agents, we’re here to help those who have pledged to move to a new house in 2018 – whether they’re buying from one of our clients or selling property of their own.

Moving home is often listed among the top three most stressful things we do in life; it’s not just the size of the transaction, but the many and varied pitfalls which can lie in your path. So, if you’re thinking of selling property in the coming 12 months and would like as smooth a ride as possible, here are five things to avoid:

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1/ Having a closed mind on price

Your agent should be able to help with an asking price – something you ought to cross-reference with data you can find on the property portals such as Rightmove and Zoopla and with the Land Registry’s website – all of which will give you some idea what similar homes have been priced at and what they’ve actually sold for.

However, be prepared to haggle a little. Few buyers will offer the asking price and all you’re likely to achieve with total intransigence is your house sitting on the market for longer. If you’re not comfortable negotiating, ask your estate agent to take the lead. After all, it’s is part of what their fee is for.

2/ Being greedy

Prices have increased steadily over the past decade but put an unrealistic price tag on your home and you will probably see far fewer potential buyers.

Remember, they have the same tools at their disposal as you do so it’s not hard to work out what a reasonable price is these days. Price realistically, and you are more likely to be on the move quickly.

3 / Being unprepared

We would advise against spending a fortune on refurbishing your home – but that’s not to say you don’t need to prepare it for sale. Sort out those little niggles around the home first so you can conduct a viewing in confidence.

4/ Telling lies

Did you know that, if you deliberately mislead a buyer, then they have the option of taking you to court, where you could face a stiff financial penalty?

It’s true the property market operates on the principle of “buyer beware” but that doesn’t give you licence to fib. If a potential buyer asks a direct question, you need to be honest with your answers.

5/ Forgetting your Plan B

It’s surprising how many folk who are selling property have no idea what they would do if someone makes an offer for their home but they have nowhere to go. A chain could mean the property they’ve set their heart on isn’t going to be empty at the same time that their buyer wants to move and, as a result, they risk having a sale collapse.

Do you have family who can accommodate you temporarily? Is renting an option for a short while? Can you find somewhere to store your furniture for a bit? It’s a good idea to look into it – and the costs – in advance rather than in the midst of a crisis.

Hopefully, all of the above helps but, if you’re thinking of moving and have any further questions, feel free to give us a call or drop us a line and we’ll do our best to help. Alternatively, why not have a read of some of our earlier blogs? Just click back to the tab at the top of the page to get started…

 

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We have the skills to ensure the correct price is set for your property and we can negotiate the right sale price between buyer and seller.

Additionally, we can arrange accompanied viewings and also see the sale through to completion.

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