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Moving tips for 2014

If you have aspirations of moving home, 2014 is the year to do it. John Elliott, managing director of Millwood Designer Homes, gives some advice on making that move

Last year the housing market proved its resilience as it underwent a sizeable turnaround with prices rising at a pace unseen since the economic crisis. So it is not surprising that both estate agents and banks are forecasting further growth in 2014, with house prices pre- dicted to rise by between five per cent and eight per cent this year, depending on who you listen to. It is not just London and the south east that are set to do well either, as gains are predicted in all parts of the country. If you aspire to change home in 2014, the first thing you need to do is to put your home on the market as you will be in a much stronger position. You will always receive the best deals from housebuilders and vendors if they know your house has already sold. However, there are some important things to consider before you do this:

Timescale You need to be realistic about the price you will sell your home at and this will depend on whether you want to sell your house quickly or if you are prepared to wait. As a general rule, if you are happy to wait for up to six months, you could expect to sell your house at full market value.

Timing is crucial Winter is the worst time to sell a property. From March is the time when you should be putting your home on the market, and Easter is when most people start to think about moving again.

Fix any major issues You don’t need to gut and redecorate the entire property, but if you know there are issues with your home then it is important to get them fixed as they will inevitably be picked up in the survey.

Do you need to refurbish? If you decide to do some work on your property, it is important that you don’t overspend – you just need to show your home to its best potential. The kitchen is the most important room in the house, fol- lowed by the bathroom, so if they are just a little tired around the edges then don’t spend money on replacing them, a lick of paint, replacing door fronts and regrouting can make a huge difference.

Target your market Consider your target market and then tailor your home to appeal to them. If your small third bedroom is used as a study and your home will appeal to families, change it back to a bedroom.

Dress to impress Kerb appeal has a huge impact and first impressions are vital, so make sure front gardens are tidy, paint the front door and make the entrance area as welcoming as possible. It is important to tidy away all the clutter and minimise personal

possessions so purchasers can picture themselves living in your home. Continued overleaf...

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