Spring is the perfect time for change with the weather getting better and the days getting longer – no better time to start exploring new opportunities.
Whether it is accepting places at new schools, arranging your plans for the summer holidays or preparing for a bigger change like selling your home, each comes with their own challenges, but the outcomes can be immensely rewarding.
It is hardly surprising that selling your home can be extremely emotional. It is a place where you have made many memories and been through ups and downs. You are not alone, as many people can relate to this somewhat overwhelming but crucially exciting period in your life.
Moving home comes with positives and negatives. The excitement of new adventures with your family, watching your family grow, moving to more space for the kids to enjoy and many more positives we're sure you can list – that's why you're moving, right?
However, moving house does come with some worry and you may find yourself in a few stressful situations that you did not expect.
As house viewings start to happen it is important to allow them to take place to ensure you stand a good chance of finding the right buyer for your home. It can become difficult when you are juggling schedules and you may need to move things around at a moment's notice in order to be out of the house.
It can be simple to overcome this:
* Arrange the best times with your agent in advance
* Think about when you'd like to see a property, others will be the same
* Be flexible, within reason
* Find fun reasons to leave the house; a park play, an ice cream shop visit, a drop by at a friend's home.
Getting the kids on board with your move can be a large obstacle, change is a big deal for children and it can be tricky for them to think positively, thinking about:
* Leaving their first home behind – make the experience exciting by taking frequent visits to the new area and home
* Moving schools – remind them of the benefits; making new friends, new teachers, joining a new sports team
* Leaving their friends behind – arrange playdates and reassure them that their friends will be welcome in their new home.
Once the kids are on board, you will find it a lot easier to become less emotionally attached and even more excited about the new adventures to come. Happy kids, happy life!
With estate agent offices a regular feature on the high street, and an increasing number of online options, making the right choice for supporting you through the sale can be tricky.
Alexandra Mathew, the YOUhome Property Guru for Kensington and a mum herself, says "it is pertinent to find an agent you can trust. This person will be coming into your home and you'll want to know they'll lock up, turn the lights off and leave things just so. And, you want someone who truly listens. As a mum, you repeat yourself enough, so saying things once and having your agent act upon this is key!"
Alexandra also finds convenience and flexibility to be of utmost importance for busy mums – "an agent willing to speak outside of typical office hours is especially helpful, and agents with an online platform that provide access to feedback and status of viewings is a breath of fresh air, when the only time you have to think about the sale is midnight when you’re finally climbing in to bed."
There are some small things you should do before putting your home on the market to get ahead of competition:
* Declutter – it will make all the difference in presenting your home well, and gets you started on the packing phase
* Discuss all marketing material beforehand; the property description, the property brochure and magazine advertisements
* Instruct your solicitor to minimise any delays when an offer has been agreed
* Be open with your agent. Highlight any concerns and discuss the level of offer you would be willing to accept. This will ease the process of negotiation further down the line.
First and foremost we ensure we understand the context within which you are selling and the emotions associated with that. YOUhome have Property Gurus specialising in all areas of Prime Central London. When you are assigned a Property Guru, that Guru remains your sole contact throughout the entire sales process. You will also have access to a 24/7 platform providing you with market analysis at a hyperlocal level that helps you understand what a good offer looks like on your home.
Moving is challenging, fact. But, it doesn’t have to be as tough as you think. We can’t take away all of the difficulties but taking on board our tips can help to alleviate a lot of these and remind you of the exciting times ahead for you and your family. It may not seem like it now, but there is a life beyond packing boxes and talking to estate agents!