As the festive season is rapidly approaching, if you’re planning on spending the festive season in a new home Property Wire has suggested several ways that you can improve your chances of moving home by Christmas or at least the end of the year. But you have to act quickly!

Right now the housing market seems to be maintaining its momentum. Despite the fact that the stamp duty holiday, introduced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as a covid relief measure last year has now come to an end, mortgage rates remain at an all-time low and if you want to complete your sale by the 22nd December deadline, the next few months could be crucial.

Head of residential conveyancing at JMP Solicitors, Jacqui Harley explained the situation to Property Wire:

“Although the deadline for the reduced stamp duty is fast approaching at the end of the month – we predict we’ll continue to see a large influx of people buying and selling as buyers wish to benefit from the lowest mortgage rates we’ve seen in some time.

“If you want to move before Christmas you’ll need to act quickly, but it’s still certainly achievable. We’ve outlined some things to consider if you are looking to move before this date.”

Here are the seven things Jacqui suggests you need to do to get your moves sorted in the next 3 months.

  1. Get your property ready to take to market.

It may sound obvious, but once you’ve made the decision to sell, you need to put some effort in to make your home as appealing to buyers as possible, without cutting corners.

Declutter – putting some of your stuff into storage if necessary – and redecorate. Give the house a deep clean, empty the loft and turn any storage areas into usable spaces so that prospective buyers can see the potential of your home. Need help with storage? We can pack it, remove it and store it for you. Get in touch for a no obligation storage quote.

2. Choose the right estate agent for you

Get a few different valuations from different estate agents and check the market to ensure you are setting a realistic price tag for the property. This will also give you a chance to see how they work and choose one that best meets your needs. You should have a good working relationship with the agent so choose one that you gel with as this will ensure that the process goes smoothly.

3. Book a surveyor as soon as possible

As soon as you’ve found a property that you want to buy, book your survey as soon as possible to make sure there are no hidden expenses or hold ups in the buying process.

4. Book a removals company as soon as possible

Make sure you’ve got your van booked and keep communicating with your removals company- just in case your moving date changes – so that they can accommodate you. Northover and Gilbert offer a packing service with our removals that can take some of the strain out of moving for you. Call us for a quote.

5. Be patient and be prepared

Depending on how long the chain is, timescales can often change and you need to be prepared for different outcomes. When viewing the property make sure they know that you want to be in by Christmas and your conveyancer and agent can keep you in the loop with any changes that could delay the move.

6. Tie up loose ends

Once you have exchanged contracts, remember to tell utility companies that you are moving and arrange to have your mail forwarded to your new address. Our moving checklist offers practical advice on what you need to do in the weeks leading up to your move. You can print out a copy and tick it off here.

7. Prepare your pets

Pets and children may find moving home very stressful. Make some arrangements to keep your pets safe and secure in a separate room once you start unpacking. Ask friends and family to take care of children for the day so that they don’t get caught up in the stress of the move and can simply enjoy the excitement of arriving at their new home once you are in.

Ready to make your move? Get in touch with us today for a free, no-obligation quote. If you need to store some stuff during the sale or the move,, we have secure, stone-built storage facilities right here in the centre of Bridport. We can help you to pack your things and put them straight into storage for you until you’re ready to deal with them, taking all the stress out of moving for you. Give us a call to find out more.

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