Sarah Beeny Autumn 2017 - 55
BUYING AND SELLING ▲
JULIA'S TIPS FOR
a smooth move
Don't forget that once you
have exchanged, you own the
new property even if you don't
complete for several weeks.
Make sure you have buildings
insurance cover from the
day you sign.
Get quotes from several
removals companies. Some
include a packing and storage
service. Do you need access
while in storage? Not all offer
this, so do your research.
Keep in touch and be honest
with your removals company.
hey re ore li ely to e exi le
with your needs if they know
what's going on.
Pack a suitcase for each
member of her family. Put in
each a set of clothes, including
nightwear, a duvet, and some
personal belongings, like the
children's favourite teddies.
n the ﬁrst ni ht the ids ill
feel at home straight away.
Choose an agent you get along
with and trust. You will have a
lot of contact with them over
a period of months. They can
smooth a sale through or cause
hiccups and extra stress. It's not
just about how much they value
your home for, or their fee.
A CALM, AIRY
SPACE AT THE TOP
OF THE STAIRS
'We were on schedule
to exchange in a week
or two when the chain
collapsed: our buyer's
buyer pulled out. Would
we lose our house? A
condition of the discount had been a 28-day turnaround.
The developers weren't happy, but they stuck with us
and asked for an end-of-March exchange.
'Within three weeks, our buyers had found another buyer
from Brighton. By the end of February we were back on
track... then it suddenly went very quiet and we found out
our buyer's original buyer was back in the chain and the
Brighton people were out. This made everyone feel very
uneasy and our stress levels were o the scale.
'This kept going throughout March and April. We were
meant to exchange every week, but there was always a
di erent reason to stop it happening. I called the removals
company so many times to check their diary for the
following week... it was very stressful and unsettling.'
A BIG HIT
'At last, exchange day
arrived on Friday,
12 May, with plans to
complete in a week.
Even a last-minute
request for a £15K
reduction, lower down the chain, couldn't halt us now.
Luckily, the developer agreed to take the hit so we could
drop our price to £625K to accommodate it. Ironically, we
ended up paying the
we originally o ered.
We got the keys on
er going through a roller
coaster of emotions over so many months, it felt good to
be finally unpacking bo es in our new home. here had
been lots of tears and seeing the 'For Sale' sign go up
outside our old home triggered feelings I hadn't expected,
but we are so happy here and looking forward to making
many happy memories in our new home.'
www.athomemagazine.co.uk OCTOBER 2017 | 055