Getting ready to move once lockdown is lifted
The property market is said to be one of the industries that can help offset some of the corona virus hit to the economy once lockdown is over. This is good news for homeowners who have had their moves placed on hold.
Whilst waiting for the lockdown restrictions to be lifted, here are some things that you can do to prepare your home for sale and for moving out.
House hunting at home
There are still properties you can view online; we are unable to arrange viewings on our properties, but we will hold your details and arrange viewings once the restrictions have lifted. It’s also best to wait to make an offer until you see the property in person – this doesn’t stop you from looking at potential places and enquiring about them.
Find an Estate Agent
Finding a good estate agent is important. At Park & Bailey we are open to answering any questions and are here to help guide you on your housing journey. We aim to eliminate stress and make the experience as easy as possible.
How much is your property worth?
Finding out an estimate of how much your property is worth can help put things into perspective. As well as getting advice on how to increase its value. You can make a market appraisal enquiry at Park & Bailey we’ll be sure to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Sort out your finances
This isn’t the ideal time to be making any big financial outlays. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t look and see your options. Especially if you’re planning to move to a more expensive property or your mortgage deal is coming to an end.
Get all your paperwork in order
When applying for a mortgage, you’ll need about three months’ worth of bank statements and pay slips, your name on at least one utility bill at your current address and will need to be on the electoral register – use the time to check your credit as well.
Prepare your home for sale
You can use this time to work on kerb appeal! Cleaning up windows, making the porch look welcoming and general garden maintenance. You can brighten your home by repainting rooms and remove any excess clutter. This is the perfect time to sort through all your belongings, you can donate once lockdown is over and throw away anything that you don’t want anymore.
It’s also a great time to repair any damage to the property including the exterior.
Get a legal firm lined up
You will need to find a good conveyancing solicitor to handle all the legal work when buying or selling a property.
Spend some time looking at guides on how to find one – comparing quotes and costings can be extremely helpful as well.
Get removal quotes
If your home move is on hold you can still get removal quotes as a lot of firms are doing virtual valuations. Using facetime or something similar, you can walk a removals firm around your home for them to give you a quotation.
Should you move right away?
If you were part way through a move the best thing is to check in with your conveyancing solicitor, they’ll help check that everyone is still okay to go with the transaction and proceed accordingly.
If your home is on the market and is still waiting to sell, hopefully you will start to book viewings and receive offers once the market is moving again, if not speak to your agent about what you can do to change this.
If you’re buying you may wat to wait a few weeks to see how the market adapts to the current situation.
During this unprecedented time, we still need to feel confident. Despite the hold in the property market there are still things you can do to prepare yourself.
Hopefully these tips will help you do just that.
If you have any questions or concerns and need advice, please get in touch here.