Thought raising kids was tough? Property is harder, says research…
A recent poll carried out by Which? mortgage advisors has found the house buying-and-selling process to be more stressful than getting sacked, getting married, or even raising a child.
For those who’ve been through the property mill before, the latest poll results are surely not too surprising. For those yet to experience the joys and trials of either procuring or marketing their homes, the Which? advice service discovered a rather bleak outlook on how the average person copes mentally with the strains and pressures of the property market.
The consumer service questioned 2000 people who had been through the process during the last five years and found the only experience considered more traumatic than selling your house was divorce, with buying a house a close third.
Participants of the poll claimed there were several key factors that left a house seller/buyer in a constant state of unease:
- The chasing of estate agents and solicitors for regular updates
- The fear of a deal falling through at any moment and the additional fees it brings
- Having to keep the house in a constant state of cleanliness for short-notice viewings
- Enduring the cancellation of viewings (on average, a third of all viewings are cancelled)
- The fear of being gazumped at the last possible moment
These issues, combined with the constant disruption to everyday life, leave many feeling as if their lives have been put on hold for an extended period of time. Luckily, there are certain steps one can take to limit the stress suffered:
- Don’t hold back on the cost of a good solicitor/conveyancer – some may be cheap, but quality service and regular updates make the extra cost a no-brainer.
- Vet your buyers/sellers – the offers may sound great, the price might seem reasonable – but is the buyer coming out of a divorce? Are they desperate to sell? If so why? Potentially problematic buyers/sellers are common problems behind failed sales.
- Be organised – any paperwork, home improvements, or potential issues should be dealt with as early as possible. You don’t know how long these issues can take to rectify, and a last-minute delay at the end of a sale can convince a buyer or seller to go elsewhere.
- Where possible, avoid a chain – if a single sale flops, the schedule for completion can go out of the window.
Luckily, for those looking for a fast house sale, there are other ways to sell your home. One of these is to use a property purchasing company such as National Homebuyers, with a quick and easy process that helps a seller avoid additional maintenance fees, taxes and insurance while still enjoying first-class service.
If you’d like to sell your house quickly, ask National Homebuyers for advice, as we are UK property buyers who buy any properties. Call 08000 443 911 or request a call back to find out how much you could get for your property.
Why is location so important for homes?
Property experts seem obsessed with location – but why is it so important? And what do buyers find most appealing? We’ve summed up a few of the main issues for you to consider.
When buyers are seeking a property to buy, their requirements and preferences often depend on their current stage of life, as well as what they can afford. It’s a difficult balancing act for many people. For example, a couple with children may pay more for a house in poor condition, simply to get an address in an area with a good school.
So, as a seller, it’s important to think about what most appeals about your house’s location. You might be in a neighbourhood that doesn’t have a perfect reputation, but if there have been signs that the area is improving – via investment or community initiatives, or through being on the border of a more well-regarded area – many buyers might find this attractive, especially investors.
At the other end of the scale, first-time buyers can’t be too choosy, as they’re often restricted by what mortgage lenders are prepared to give them. However, if they have to compromise on quality of decor or a non-ideal street, they might be pleased that there’s a local shop or other amenities close by. If you want to sell your house, benefits like these should be mentioned in the description, whether you use an online estate agent like Purplebricks or a traditional estate agent service.
Sometimes, however, there’s very little to recommend a property to individual buyers – so it might be better to try a different route, such as a property auction or a UK house-buying expert, especially if you need a quick move now. Cutting out the hassle of estate agents, multiple viewings, survey problems and your buyer’s mortgage arrangements could save you valuable time.
If you’re concerned that the location of your home may restrict its appeal to buyers, ask National Homebuyers for advice. Call 08000 443 911 or request a call back to find out how much you could get for your property.
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