There’s no getting away from the fact that buying a house can be incredibly stressful, especially if you’ve never gone through the process before and are doing it alone.
There’s a lot that needs to be sorted out and arranged and it can be a lengthy process, so it’s important to make sure you’re managing your stress levels and taking time out to recharge your batteries so you’re fully primed and ready come moving day.
First of all, make sure that you take your time with the process if you can. Of course, circumstances will dictate just how much time you have to play around with to a large extent, but try not to rush any aspect of it if you can help it.
Make sure you put your house on the market before you do anything else, as well, since this means you’ll be ready to put an offer in on a property if you find one you really like. And don’t forget that your mortgage in principle agreement only lasts for 90 days, so you need to be ready to move or you could find yourself having to repeat steps in the process.
It’s also important not to let the house-hunting and buying process consume you. It’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement of it all, but if you focus too much you could find yourself burning out and overwhelming yourself.
Take some time away from it all if you can, going on a mini break or a fun weekend away where you promise not to think or talk about the move at all.
If you are feeling super stressed at the moment, why not turn your attention inwards and see if there’s anything you can do in your current house that could make a difference to your mental and emotional health and wellbeing?
Decluttering is great for your mind, as well as your living spaces, and it will make moving house a lot easier if you’ve got rid of lots of surplus belongings. It’s also something nice and practical you can do that makes you feel as though the process is moving along, while you wait for the solicitors to go through all the necessary paperwork.
As an added benefit, if you haven’t yet sold your property, decluttering can make it a lot more attractive to prospective buyers, so it’s a great and worthwhile activity to engage in.
And talking of making your home more attractive, it’s important to ensure that you’re realistic about the asking price. Of course, you want to get as much for it as you can, but if you set your sights too high, you could put people off – and that’s sure to elevate your stress levels.
So make sure you have a survey, you know what your house is worth, you know what other houses go for in your local area… and price your home accordingly.
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