How to minimise stress when selling your south London home

Let's face it; the process of buying or selling a home can sometimes be troublesome. In fact, it's often referred to as one of life's most stressful events.

There are, however, measures a seller can take to ensure a smoother selling process. Operating in East Dulwich and surrounding areas, we at Roy Brooks will use our knowledge and experience to provide tips on what sellers can do to reduce stress when selling their home.

A recent survey by home buying company, We Buy Any Home, asked 1,000 UK homeowners what life experience caused them the most stress with 80% saying buying or selling a house, surprisingly topping organising a wedding or having a child.

But what is it about selling a home that some people dread? One of the predominant reasons was the variety of professional services and companies people have to deal with during house sale negotiations.

The survey found that 31% of participants claimed that solicitors were the most stressful to deal with, closely followed by estate agents at 22% and mortgage advisers/banks at 14%.

Over 40% of homeowners said playing the waiting game was the most stressful part of buying or selling a house. This was followed by having people look around their home (17%) and the paperwork included in the process (10%).

From a regional perspective, the research revealed that people were most stressed about buying or selling a house in Norwich, Bristol and London.

It's not all doom and gloom, though. Across the internet, you'll be able to find plenty of tips on how to sell a home , but important details tend to get overlooked - especially for first-time sellers.

Although it's unlikely not to experience any hiccups when selling a home, through careful preparation, thorough planning, a logical approach and getting the right advice from experts, you can give yourself the best chance of moving with as little stress as possible.

It's imperative that you choose the right estate agent to sell your home, particularly one that has good knowledge of the local area, a strong network of contacts, and high levels of customer service.

A good estate agent will make the process easier and take the load off you, having substantial knowledge of the local area and wider national trends. They will, therefore, be able to effectively market your property and price it correctly.

Additionally, they will be able to handle all aspects of the sale in a timely and professional manner. It's important to be prepared for any bump in the road. We know, it's easier said than done, but having great communication and being on the same page with your agent is likely to benefit you greatly.

Working closely with you solicitor/conveyancer is imperative, making sure to reply to any correspondence in a timely manner and being on the ball at all times. Of course, delays in the process may occur, but staying positive and keeping a clear head will help to make the procedure smoother.

It's only natural to want the best possible price for your property, so it's important to set the correct asking price with your agent. Prospective buyers would be put off if you set the asking price too high, however you run the risk of not getting a fair and reasonable price for your property if the asking price is too low.

Lastly, take the time to recover any important mortgage information that you may need, as well as other home-related documents. Advanced preparation could prevent a meltdown when faced with a tight deadline.

By taking these tips into consideration, you can make the selling experience go swimmingly. Keep in mind that it will all be worth it in the end!

At Roy Brooks, we can guide you through the sales process in areas like East Dulwich, Nunhead and Brixton. To get in touch, visit our contact us page.

We can also provide a free instant online valuation of your property.