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The guide I wish I'd had when moving!!
on 7 October 2012
It was ironic that this book should appear on my Amazon Vine list of books to review the same week I'd just bought and moved into my first house! Having just gone through the nightmare that is moving house (if you haven't yet done this, it is indeed true that it's one of the most stressful things you can do) I thought I'd be the perfect candidate to review this book.
Seeing that it was compiled by Which (impartial consumer advice service) I was already optimistic that it would be a wealth of knowledge to make up for the lack of experience that, let's face it, most of us have when moving house (unless you do it a lot...then you must be mad!)
At just over 200pages it is not an overly thick book which is good as when you're in the process of buying and/or selling a house you really dont have much time to spare (and if you did you wouldnt want to spend it reading about moving house!) You mostly just want the essential facts and a bit of advice, and that's exactly what you get here.
It is laid out in a sensible manner, which is more or less chronological. It starts out with a rough guide to the property market, which is kept to the essentials of what you need to bear in mind when buying/selling. While keeping mostly to facts, figures and advice the book does remain human and acknowledges the feelings that can come up while preparing to depart your beloved home.
Beyond the general intro of reasons for moving, and considerations to take into account (do you really need to move? Evaluating finances, choosing a mortgage....yawn...) we go through the different stages chapter by chapter:
Valuing a property
Selling your home
Buying a property
Managing the chain
Preparing for move day
Selling and buying in Scotland
Selling and buying in Ireland and Northern Ireland
I think almost everyone would benefit from the knowledge contained within this book as even the most conscientious of us can get caught up in the excitement (or worry) of a new house and forget details that may be important at a later date.
This book will serve as a prompt at EVERY stage of the process, very logical and practical. Having received this book just 3 days after moving in I am still finding it potentially helpful as it's given me advice on how to store documents and paperwork for the future (yes I have already done it but many people would welcome this advice as it could save them weeks of work and a considerable amount of money chasing things up (building regs, electrical work, builders etc.) when they come to sell...and all for the measly price of this book.
I wish I'd had it a year ago and I may not have felt so lost at certain points of the purchase! (oh and I may not be sat in a bedroom with no curtains because we would have negotiated them into the sale price before we realised AFTER making the offer that the seller was taking them!!! Haha.)