Preparing to sell your home checklist

Preparing to Sell your Home Checklist

So you have made the decision to sell your home. This is a big change in your life. You may have an idea where you want to move, or you are completely unsure with where to move. This is okay, this is only the beginning.


However, you must know how to plan everything, how to prepare and all the steps that you need to take in order to sell your home. It is important to get this stage right in order to make the move as convenient and easy as possible.


Continue reading to see the “preparing to sell your home checklist”, and on how these steps can really impact on how you sell your home.

Step One: Make Sure Everyone Is On The Same Page

If you are in a relationship, this can be tricky. One partner may be more attached to the home than the other one. Not to worry, you need to have a long talk about the reasons you are wanting to move, and that you would prefer to move. This can take some convincing, but if you are reasonable, you will get through to your partner.

The same can be said for teens and children. Many are in social circles that they would not want to miss out on. Many have lives that revolve around the social aspect. Teenagers can get really irritable, so it would be best to do the same with them. Talk to them reasonably and give them some of the reasons that you want to move. 

It is important to get the emotional aspect right before moving, as this could really make things difficult in the long-run. Especially with family. That is why it is necessary to get this right whilst preparing for selling your home.

Step Two: Find Out What Your Current Home Is Valued At

There is a range of different tools available on the internet that can help you determine the value of your home. However, these are unreliable and until you have had an estate agent take a closer look, you will not have a realistic expectation of what your home is valued at

We can certainly help you out with that. Even if you are not fully sure about moving, getting an accurate valuation can help you make that decision. Click Here to go to our contact page if you are interested.

Step Three: Plan The Day You Are Moving House

This all depends on when you see yourself moving, and how long you expect it to take. It is important to thoroughly plan out your move-by date in order to get everything perfect. Have a good think about what time you are wanting to move.

Once you have made your mind up, you need to take these factors into consideration too:


  • Pre-launch – how long it will take to have your home on the market

  • Marketing time – the amount of time it takes to start receiving your offers

  • Sale process – how long it takes for the two solicitors to make a deal on the house.

You must plan this thoroughly as these are important steps within the process of preparing for selling your home. Here is a quick guide on how you can prepare for each step of the way.

Pre-Launch

This is the time where you need to prepare your home for moving. Fix all the problems that are currently there, sort out your garden etc. Make your home look attractive and like somewhere that people will want to move.

Once this is done, your agent needs to take photographs of the house. They need to prepare a floor plan and a property description for when it is placed online. After this, you can upload your advert to some property websites.

Marketing Time

It is estimated that it takes between seven and fourteen weeks to make a house sale. However, this can be prolonged if you have an unorthodox home, for example, cottages, large homes etc. Not to worry though, your estate agent will give you the right information on this and will try to speed up the process, based on their prior experience.

Sale Process 

This, on average, can take around ten weeks to complete. However, this does not take into account any delayed responses etc that can happen in the process. If you have a leasehold property or one with special covenants attached, this can take a bit longer. A good agent however can speed up the process, by keeping good communication with the other teams involved.

If you evaluate all the above, you will realise that planning for around a six-month timescale is a conservative amount to give you all the time to prepare. Your estate agent will give added advice depending on your home, and the current market at the time.

Planning thoroughly this way will certainly provide you with a more convenient move than done otherwise. It may take time, but good things come to those who wait!

Step Four: Sell Your Home

If you have followed the process above, and have kept good communication with the estate agent, then you will have moved home in a realistic time frame. Congratulations. This is a really big step for many people across the country.

If you’re selling your home – or thinking of it, we’d love to have a chat with you. You can contact us on our page here if you have any questions or inquiries. We are here to help.

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