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It’s the time of year when people’s thoughts traditionally turn to the changes that they wish to make in their life – for many this can mean beginning to seek out a new home.

If your resolution for 2015 is to be settled into a new property by the time the festive season rolls around again, then it might help you to start making a property plan now to help you sell your house and buy a property that better suits your needs.

Help the Moving Process Run Smoothly

Planning carefully in advance of starting the house move process can help the whole thing to run a lot more smoothly, and in instances where you do face obstacles, can help to lessen their impact when they arise.

While it may be tempting to log onto Rightmove or another property search portal and begin to book viewings of homes that catch your eye, if you have not yet planned your property move process, this is likely to be a recipe for disappointment as you may not be in a position to buy a property as soon as you find one.

Property Planning Puts You in a Good Position

If you are set on moving house in 2015 then consider instead sitting down and putting together a battle plan to sell your home and put you in a good position to buy the property of your dreams.

Things you may wish to consider are:

  • Readying your property for sale: before you even begin the property marketing process you want to be sure that your home is in the best possible state for a sale. This step should come before you engage an agent (although they may offer additional advice when you go on their books) or book a valuation. Think about freshening the decor, and remember to declutter!

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  • Shopping for an estate agent: think about who you want to sell your house and how you want it done. Ask around for recommendations and consider all the options – you may find that a flat fee online estate agent is the way to go!

READ MORE: More Than a Quarter of Vendors would Consider Using an Online Estate Agent


  • Creating Professional Property Marketing Materials: With the majority of buyers beginning their house hunts online, you really want to be sure that you are putting your best foot forward in this visually led arena – which means creating professional property marketing imagery such as property photography and virtual tours.

READ MORE: 6 Things Professional Property Photography Can do for your Home Sale


  • Select a solicitor: your legal representative plays a vital role in the selling and purchasing of property choose wisely! Again, personal recommendations can be helpful here and pay attention to how easy they are to get hold of in the first instance since communication is key during the moving process.

READ MORE: Property Solicitor: How to Find One