To move or not to move, that is the question....

22nd January 2018

I'd forgotten that moving house is SOOO stressful. I'm saying I'd forgotten, but in all honesty, in all my previous moves (there have been several), I don't ever remember the process being quite so difficult and stress inducing.

After ten years in the same property, we have just moved house, just before Christmas (mental note to self: never again). It wasn't what I would have chosen but it was forced on us by our buyers.

Now, to go back to the beginning, there are quite a few people involved in a house move:
1. The valuer from the estate agent, cue a deep clean and de clutter. You may opt for two or three valuations . It's the exciting find out what they think your property is worth. Word of warning, this might not be what you were wanting or expecting. In our case however, we were given glowing reports and an estimated value higher than we'd expected, with an expectation that our house, being in a sought after location and well presented, would 'fly' off the market. All good so far.

2. The Photographer. Now, I know what you're thinking...surely, as a property photographer you did your own? Well, no I didn't, at least not all of them, I did submit a few. So this is yet another occasion when the house had to be de cluttered and polished to a sheen, and staged for it's close ups. But quite nice to see the glossy brochure afterwards, all worth it.

3. The estate agent. Lovely ladies in our local estate agent of choice. Called me immediately the property went live with a viewing, and if I recall correctly, 15 viewings in total in the first weekend! Phew...Cockily, I fully expected to be deluged with offers, a bidding war to ensue, our house selling at well above the asking price....

As this was May and we only moved at Christmas you can probably deduce that none of this happened! Almost 90* yes 90 viewings later, we finally sold, for quite a bit less than the valuation, and less than we'd originally expected.
* apparently some kind of record, I'm so proud.

If we'd thought the volume of viewings were, if not stressful, then a bit of a pain in the rear end, this was nothing compared to what was to come....

So, all you estate agents out there, do you over value to obtain the instruction? I honestly don't think this was the case with either of our valuations. Is it better to undervalue and then exceed expectations in obtaining a higher price? Or is this too risky a strategy?

Both valuers to our property struggled to value it as there was nothing to directly compare it with. It's a minefield! I must say I have more respect for estate agents now than I did prior to our little adventure. They have had to deal with me being a bit grumpy and a bit stroppy at times; not to mention some weird and some downright nasty viewers, and all along they remained calm, polite and positive. Respect to you isn't the cushy, sitting behind a desk, property-tastic job I thought it was!

Not my house sadly...

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