Michelle Daisley says that shopping for property ought to be just as enjoyable as any other retail therapy.
Shopping! Thoroughly enjoyed by a large percentage of the population, including me. Yes, the crowds in the pre-Christmas rush – and the even bigger crowds during the January sales – can make the experience fraught, but by and large it’s something which nowadays counts as a leisure activity.
Now, I know that not all retail therapy is going to be as pleasurable as heading out to buy shoes, but why can’t shopping for property be an enjoyable experiences as well? After all, when we buy our home, aren’t we meant to be buying the dream?
Even the most straight-forward transaction, with just one seller and one buyer, can be complicated, stressful and protracted! The last time I bought a property, we ensured we were chain-free by selling first and moving in with my in-laws.
Four months later, despite daily phone calls to the solicitor, estate agent, mortgage provider and therapist we were still not in our new abode. Quite frankly my mother-in-law was a saint to put up with a deranged daughter-in-law, my despairing husband who knew he was in grave danger of the new wife deporting herself back to Australia at any moment, and a gorgeous but very active one-year-old!
Thankfully, we survived, and we are still on speaking terms. We eventually moved into our lovely new home; however it is not an experience I have chosen to repeat! It was precisely at that point that I decided I could make this process easier for others and promptly became an estate agent myself.
Of course, I can’t promise it will be any less stressful for you than it was for me – and the fact that we are in a difficult market does add to the general stress level. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure the process is, even if not enjoyable, then bearable.
I would say this, wouldn’t I, but the first thing is to use an established and reliable local estate agent. Choosing one which is licensed (by the National Association of Estate Agents) will ensure you are dealing with suitably qualified and experienced people who are adhering to set standards of business – something you cannot guarantee elsewhere.
The it’s a question of choosing an experienced local solicitor, filling out all forms and returning documents promptly. Then you can leave all the negotiations, arrangements and dialogue in the hands of your agent and solicitor – after all that’s part of what you are paying for.
It means that if things get sticky at any point, you are not directly involved, thus reducing stress and freeing your time to do more important things, such as shopping.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to bag a bargain…
Posted By AndyNewman on Monday, January 23rd, 2012
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