Five Moving Tips If You Want To Be In By Christmas

Written on 11 October 2021 by Courtney Manton in Property News


Now the final phase of the stamp duty holiday has ended, there’s another deadline looming for house hunters – Christmas.

Tips for moving house before Christmas

Who knows what sort of Christmas the UK is facing this year, with another lockdown, turkey shortages and empty shelves possibly looming. But if you’d like to spend the festive season in a new place, you still have time to make it happen, according to commentators.

When you’re moving, you can never guarantee that things will fall into place, especially if you’re part of a chain. But there are things you can do to speed it all up. According Jacqui Harley, head of residential conveyancing at JMP Solicitors: “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.”

Here are five things you can do to help make it go smoothly.

1. Stage your home for a quick sale

Start decluttering and sprucing up your property as soon as possible, to get it buyer-ready. Give it a deep clean, a coat of paint, and remove any unnecessary items. Then give it a realistic price tag for the best chance of a speedy offer.

2. Choose the right agent

Get at least three valuations but don’t go on asking price and fees alone. You need the choose the agent who you’re confident will work hard on your behalf to keep things moving. Get personal recommendations and ask plenty of questions about their approach and sales strategy.

3. Book your survey asap

Once you’ve found your dream home, don’t waste time. You need to have the appropriate survey carried out quickly so you can progress to the next stage – and find out if there are any issues that require renegotiation.

4. Be realistic

We are still living in unusual times, when your transaction can be thrown by a positive Covid test somewhere along the chain. You can’t change that but do everything in your power to keep things moving swiftly by responding to your solicitor’s queries and having all your paperwork in order. Let everyone know about your aspiration to be in by Christmas, so they’re aware of your deadline.

5. Book your movers in time

Removals companies have been in high demand during the housing boom, so do your research into firms and decide on the level of service you need early on. Book them as soon as you can and keep in touch in case dates change.

Read more about this story on the Property Wire website.

Courtney Manton

Courtney is a Chartered Surveyor, the senior partner and owner of the Best Gapp group.

His special talent honed over the last 30 years is winning. Winning for his many clients.

Winning a Leasehold Enfranchisement case, winning a negotiation to sell or buy, winning a lower rent at review, winning a planning permission to enhance value, winning trust.

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