With government restrictions easing and the summer months in full swing, five-star builder Barratt Homes is giving advice to budding house-hunters in Merseyside who are ready to leave lockdown behind for a fresh start.

After spending large amounts of time in their homes, homeowners and prospective buyers have had plenty of time to think about whether their current surroundings suit their changing needs, and if they don’t, do they make the decision to change them entirely. 

Rightmove found that over a quarter of people (28%) who were not planning to move before lockdown are now entering the market. If you’ve been considering your place on the property ladder, now may be the ideal time to make a move as the number of prospective buyers continues to increase.

Michaela Lancaster, Sales Director at Barratt Homes Manchester, said: “With sales offices and show homes reopened and the summer season on our doorstep, buyers have a great opportunity to find their new home. Even though the pandemic may still be on their minds, it is a chance for people to look forward and plan for the future.”

“Remembering this advice could really motivate buyers who are considering a fresh start this summer.”

  1. Make it perfect

A new home is a blank canvas and gives you the opportunity to put your own stamp on things. It’s time to get creative and style your new home around your personal tastes and requirements.

When searching for the right property, take your time and make sure that the space you’re considering is right for you. Are you a young couple considering starting a family in future, or is the garden big enough for the children you have to spend time outdoors? 

A new home can be a good investment for your future, so don’t jump the gun and ensure that you’re investing in your dream home.

  1. Don’t be afraid of change

You may not have moved for a long time, or it could be the first time you’ve lived away from your parents. Moving to a new house gives buyers the opportunity to think about their current needs.

If you’re into gaming or crafting, consider using those spare rooms to accommodate other interests. If you’re having to work from home because of the current pandemic, use the extra space to create a comfortable work environment where you can still wear your slippers.

Allow yourself to tailor your new environment to your needs and desires, and turn your home into a place of comfort.

  1. Step out of your comfort zone

Whether it’s a semi-local move, or long distance, moving to a brand new environment can be a lot to take in if you’re not familiar with the area. But the joy of a fresh start is you’re surrounded by new sights and new people. 

Take time to explore the area and meet your neighbours. If you’ve moved to be closer to work you could consider a greener commute by cycling to work and taking in your new surroundings.

  1. De-Clutter!

If you’ve been thinking of getting rid of those clothes you don’t wear, or clearing out your garage, then your fresh start is the perfect opportunity to consider what you really want to take with you. 

A new home is the chance for a new style. New rooms open up ideas for a new layout and a fresh outlook on the interior design. 

Whether you’re upsizing or downsizing, if you think something can stay behind, throw it away and only take things you can envision in your new home.

Barratt Homes has a variety of house type and development videos on its website to help give you a sneak peak of the properties available.

For those considering a long-distance move, many properties also offer a virtual tour so you can view your new Barratt home from the comfort of your sofa. Make sure to note down any questions you may have whilst watching so you’re ready to go through them with the on-site Sales Advisers.

For more information on the measures Barratt Homes have taken with social distancing along with an informational video, visit https://www.barratthomes.co.uk/the-buying-process/safety-and-social-distancing/ 

Buyers should visit the Barratt Homes website to book an appointment, or contact the sales enquiry line on 0333 3558 474. For more information visit www.barratthomes.co.uk

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