From house-hunting to making an offer, packing and then arranging removals and finally settling into your new abode – moving home can be a stressful task in a busy city like London.

It can be especially taxing when unexpected issues arise, such as delays in exchange and miscommunication. However, there are ways to reduce the chances of this happening and ensuring your move is as hassle-free as possible.

Alongside some expert advice from NAEA Propertymark, we’ve compiled some top tips for you to consider when moving home…

Organise your finances

An important first step when preparing to buy or sell a property is to get organised financially, as failure to do so could slow down or complicate your move. Consider speaking to a mortgage adviser to confirm your budget and get an agreement in principle as soon as possible.

Once your offer is accepted, you’ll receive a formal mortgage offer, but this will only be valid for a set period of time. If you don’t complete on the property before it expires, you’ll need to start the process again.

Hire a reliable solicitor

Your solicitor or conveyancer is absolutely crucial to the moving process, so you want to instruct one that is trustworthy, will keep on top of the process, chase the other party when necessary and act in your best interests.

When searching around, ask for recommendations from friends or family, as well as your estate agent, to ensure your property transaction is in dependable hands.

Keep in contact and ask questions

It’s important that you ask key questions while keeping in regular contact with your solicitor and estate agent. This can minimise the chances of hitting any roadblocks along the way.

It’s can also be beneficial to agree on a weekly update between all parties at the beginning of the process to avoid any miscommunication. This will also allow you to stay in the loop throughout and, in turn, gain some control where appropriate.

Respond promptly

During the moving process, you’ll be required to provide lots of documents and information. Ensure that you review, fill out, sign and return everything as quickly as possible.

At the same time, you don’t want to sit on things for weeks as you risk slowing down the transaction. To avoid any hold-ups, make sure that you’re fully contactable at all times – even if you’re on holiday.

Set a reasonable deadline

Agreeing to a realistic target date for exchange can help to add structure to the process. If one side isn’t quick enough to move, it might be a good idea to build in some extra time between exchange and completion, rather than being too flexible with the exchange date.

Whatever deadline is negotiated, it’s important that both parties stick to it. Of course, your estate agent will have the necessary experience and expertise to guide you through this part of the process.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or have bought or sold a property before, the home moving process can come with its stresses. However, some thorough preparation and clear communication with your agent can go a long way to make sure the process runs smoothly.

For more information on what to do while selling up or buying a new home, we recently provided 10 top tips for moving day.

At Key Property Consultants, we can help you to sell your home in South London, Croydon and parts of Kent. Get in touch with us on 0203 793 2033 to find out more.

You can also request a free and instant online valuation to see how much your property could be worth on the current market.

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