Selling in a Divorce

Stacks have a great deal of experience with moving as a result of a split, and suggest 2 steps that everyone should follow.

Step 1 – Think calmly and give yourself room to acclimatise.

Whilst it is undoubtedly difficult, clarity on what is happening with your home can be the most beneficial pillar of support, and clearing the way for your new life to go forward. To achieve this, you need first to make a thorough, calm assessment of the avenues open to you. This will allow timely decisions to be made and the sale of the current home to progress smoothly, if that is the route you choose. Further advice is available to help your thought processes here. N.B. Do not dismiss the idea of hanging onto the family home.  Can you gain from it financially, for example, renting out a room or offering bed and breakfast. See also Making your Property Work for You for other creative ways on getting an income from your property.

Buying a property from a divorcing couple can be one of the most challenging processes, with an agreed purchase more likely to fall apart than in any other scenario.  At the most basic, regardless of your need for revenge, fouling up your house-sale will hurt you both, and of little worth in the long-run.

Step 2 – Do your level best to avoid being ‘that acrimonious couple’.

Whilst it might be the last thing on your mind, presenting a house as a desirable place to live is still valuable, and demonstrates to buyers that your impending split will not be an added complication for their chain. This is particularly important if there are other houses at a similar price-point in your area – think Phil Spencer’s “Secret Agent” treatment – ensure that the house doesn’t look ‘stripped out’, rearrange your furniture, touch up paintwork where photos have been taken down, etc etc.

If you are buying from a divorcing couple, Stacks’ advice regarding potential pitfalls and warning signals is available here.

If you are floundering wondering where to start planning for your property future, these pages here and here may help clarify your thinking.  Or just give us a call.

Be realistic about the pressure you are under, and if possible, consider delegating some of that to others. Learn more about how a Property Finder can support and help.

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