If you’re planning to move house for the first time, there are plenty of blogs like ours out there which will provide all the pointers you need when it comes to preparing for the big day.

But, no matter how well prepared you may think you are, the chances are there will still be things which are going to sneak up and bite you on the bum, make you grimace or put a crimp on your day.

When you move house, there are just so many variables it rarely goes without a hitch so – drawing on the experiences of some of our own sellers – we thought a few examples of things which can come from left field may help.

You follow all the advice on picking an estate agent or solicitor – but …

… as soon as you tell family or friends, you get THAT look. When you ask why, it’s at that point they relate some horror story or other about poor customer service. They could have said something before; after all they knew you were looking – but it’s only now they decide to pass on (sometimes with apparent relish) something which someone once told them down the pub.

What do you do? First of all, remember it’s probably just hearsay. After all, you went through a diligent process to pick your agent, solicitor, removal firm or whatever so you made a choice based on solid information, right? It’s probably best to thank them for their concern but go with your gut feeling.

Viewings are exciting – but inconvenient …

… because not everyone is going to be able to work around your usual routine. It’ll sometimes be hard to fit a visit by a prospective buyer around work, the school run, your gym session or whatever. In fact, sometimes, it can seem as though your agent is deliberately picking slots which disrupt your life. By all means, ask if the viewing can be rearranged; most buyers will understand that you have your own commitments. But our advice would be to go with the flow as much as you can.

Something just broke …

and you have a viewing booked in an hour. It happens. The trick is to stay calm. If water is pouring through the ceiling or spurting from a tap, then fair enough; you may have to ring your agent and try to rearrange. But, if one of the kids just put a football through the garage window or you dropped the tin when you were applying a dab of paint, it may not be the disaster you think it is. Most buyers won’t see it as a permanent problem and may even empathise a little with your predicament. Remember, there’s a good chance they’re selling too…

You have a buyer – but they can’t sell …

and there’s not much you can do about this one. If you’re fair-minded, you like the potential buyer and if you’re in no real rush to move, you can play a waiting game. Alternatively, you can let your agent know that you’re still open to offers should there be any further inquiries about your property. Another option is to consider a short-term rent while you wait for the chain to catch up. But, just the same, it can be frustrating to know that, although you’re ready to go, the next step in the process is out of your control.

Something just broke – again …

… and, this time, it was just after you moved into the new place. Sometimes problems arise as a result of the many and varied challenges around moving house and, with big lumps of furniture coming in, there’s always a higher risk of some of damage. If you make sure you have the property insured from day one, then at least you have some peace of mind. Also make sure any removal firm you use is covered too.

It’s Over …

… and, surprisingly, the release of tension and stress can leave you feeling washed out and even more vulnerable to illnesses such as colds. New surroundings sometimes mean we don’t sleep as well for a while either so give yourself time and try to book a few days’ holiday after your move. Get used to your new environment for a few days rather than rushing back to your desk at work. Making a new home should be enjoyed, not rushed so take your time and try to savour the moment.

If you think we can assist with anything else involved in moving house, feel free to give us a call or drop us a line. We’re here to help if we can.

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