Barratt gives homebuyers top tips for a stress-free move


HOMEBUYERS looking for a stress-free move are being encouraged to visit Barratt Homes’ Lincolnshire developments, where the homebuilder is offering to help sell your existing property using its Movemaker scheme.

“Moving to a new home can be an exciting, but sometimes stressful experience, especially when it comes to selling the old home,” explains Paula Goodall, Movemaker Manager for Barratt North Midlands.

“But with our Movemaker scheme, much of this extra hassle is taken away. We will arrange for two independent surveyors to value your existing home, so all you have to do is reserve your preferred home at one of our developments, agree upon a selling price for your existing property and check the sales particulars.

“You’d still be selling your home on the open market, but we would do all the hard work, so it’s one less thing for you to worry about.”

Movemaker is a great scheme which assists homebuyers in selling their existing property. Barratt instructs the estate agent on your behalf, so there are no estate agent fees to pay, and when an acceptable offer is made, Barratt ensures things run smoothly through to completion.

Paula continued, “Even though we sell your house for you, there are still a few things you can do to help get a quick and hassle-free sale.”

Speak to an Independent Financial Adviser

As with any purchase, before making any plans, it is advisable to speak to our Independent Financial Adviser to make sure you get the best mortgage deal for your circumstances and that you can afford the monthly repayments without overstretching your finances.

Get the paperwork in order

There’s nothing worse than scrabbling around for papers at the last minute, so get everything in order in plenty of time. Also make sure all your guarantees are up-to-date; damp prevention, timber, drains and boiler guarantees all need to have the relevant paperwork.

Keep on top of DIY

By ensuring that all DIY jobs have been finished, not only will your home be ready for marketing straight away, but it will also mean that you are maximising the value of your home. A fresh layer of paint on the walls is one of the most effective ways to revitalise a property, but be sure to stick to neutral colours as this will make the house look brighter and more spacious.

Make the house sparkle!

In the current market, first impressions are crucial so make sure you give every room in the house a thorough clean, dust and tidy and remove all the clutter to show people that the property is being well cared for.

Don’t forget, the first thing a visitor will see when they come to view the property is the outside of the house, so make sure the front and rear gardens look tidy and presentable too. A splash of colour in the garden will make your house look a lot more homely and will leave a lasting impression on the potential purchaser.

Be accommodating for viewings

With Movemaker, we instruct the estate agents on your behalf, but your property is still being sold on the open market, so you will still need to be accommodating to viewings of your home. If you are, your old home is likely to be sold much quicker so you can move into the new one as soon as build work is complete.

Paula continued, “Following these simple steps will help to increase the demand for your property on the open market. And if you use our Movemaker scheme, we’ll take care of the rest so you can sit back and relax while we organise the sale of your home.”

For more information about Movemaker and Barratt Homes’ developments across Lincolnshire, please contact the sales team on 0844 811 3377 or log onto the website at

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