6 top tips for first time movers when making an offer


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6) Take Pictures.
Don’t be afraid to take pictures when viewing properties, especially of rooms that are not extensively covered in listings. This allows you to refer back to a particular property and also show other friends and family. Word of warning: Always ask the seller if you can take pictures before doing so!

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5) Use a stamp duty calculator.
Stamp duty is often an overlooked cost, but a very substantial one when offers are made. Make sure you use an online stamp duty calculator before deciding to bump up a potential offer. Can you actually afford it?

4) Ask for the property to be taken off the market.
Of course the seller would love to receive an offer higher than their initial asking price, and this is very much possible for an attractive property. However, you have nothing to lose by asking for the property to be taken off the market after submitting your initial offer. The seller may be more keen to sell the property straight away than be involved in a bidding war.

3) Confirm fixtures and fittings in writing.
This one may seem obvious, but is often an aspect of offers that breeds a lot of problems. Make sure that both parties are clear as to what will remain in the property once it has been vacated – if it’s in writing, there is little room for disagreement afterwards.

2) Ask the right questions.
We all know the usuals (where’s the meter, when do the bins go out) but it’s the little things that may be hard to find out after an agreement has been signed. Such things include:

  • any special cleaning equipment needed for special surfaces?
  • any paint left over for touch ups?
  • where were the important fixtures purchased from?

1) Use BuzzMove.
And finally, use BUZZMOVE to get instant quotes on your potential removals into your future property. You’ll be able to tell within minutes how much your removal costs may be before even making an offer. https://buzzmove.com/


Reference: Lewis, M. (2013) 50 House Buying Tips [online]. Available from: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/mortgages/house-buying-guide. [Accessed 13 November 2013].


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