Selling your house? Take a deep breath. It’s quite a process, but nothing you can’t handle. The main stress-causing factor is getting your offer accepted in the first place, followed by the agonising wait until the contracts are exchanged and everything is official.
There’s nothing like the feeling of moving into a new-build house. Everything is clean and new, and you don’t have to scrub away decades of other people’s dirt before it feels like home. Just because it’s a newly built property doesn’t guarantee it’ll be smooth sailing once you’ve got the keys, though.
When it comes to the perfect home, every buyer is different. Some people dream of a period property packed with original features, while others prefer the blank canvas of a fresh, modern new build.
The first step to selling your home is finding the right agent to work with – but choosing an estate agent is easier said than done. Don’t be bamboozled by a sales pitch – read our guide instead.
So – you've decided to buy a house. Congratulations! Don't celebrate just yet, though, as the hard part is only just beginning. Luckily, we're here to give you an idea of what's to come with our rundown of the process of buying a house. We've even documented the process in our On The Ladder series here.
When you view a house, you're probably looking at the bigger picture. Can you imagine yourself living here? Is it spacious enough, is there lots of natural light, or are there broken-down washing machines and old tyres littering the neighbour's front garden?
Sorry to break it to you, but conveyancing fees are unavoidable in the home buying process. Knowing exactly what you’re paying for can make coughing up a little less painful, so read on to discover what you’re actually getting for those hefty conveyancing fees.
When buying a property, ensure that you factor in the cost of Stamp Duty before purchasing. Believe me! After our offer had been accepted and we'd instructed the conveyancers to oversee the purchase process, we were sent a breakdown of their costs. Legal fees, transaction fees, drainage and water searches were all there. Honestly, they don't miss a trick! Yet, the figure that jumped out at us was our Stamp Duty costs. Let me explain why.
When it comes to home buying, the wheels of progress don't always turn as quickly as we'd like. But can you blame it all on a slow solicitor? Before you fire off another angry email, let's meet the real culprit behind all those mysterious delays – the chain.
A property sale falling through can elicit some pretty strong emotions from the most level-headed among us. These can range from disappointment to downright rage. But the worst part? You've probably lost around £2,500 in the failed transaction – the average amount that sellers lose on a house sale that falls through.