'Negotiate like your life depends on it...'
SAYING goodbye to a family home is never easy but one Plymouth family say they have been reaping the benefits of upsizing their property.
The Moore family moved from a three-bedroom bungalow in Wembury to a five-bed in Elburton and claim the move has been ideal.
Father of three, James Moore, a valuer with estate agent Connells, said he felt the Plymouth market is ideal for those looking to move to a bigger house.
"We found the whole process was pretty straight forward. I found the new house I wanted and even before that we had a private buyer approach us personally about our home. The biggest problem was getting the bungalow off our hands for the right price.
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"It's a buyers market right now. We might not have got as much as we wanted for our house but I felt we got an incredible deal on the new property."
The Moore's were previously living on Mewstone Avenue in Wembury but needed more space for their five-person family.
They were able to sell their property for £250,000 after they found a new house on Elburton Road for £300,000. The house had only been completed six months before they moved in.
"We didn't set out to buy a new build," says James, "but not being a particularly practical person and having to work long hours it was appealing.
"It was great to move in and have it ready. I've moved a lot since I was young and I'm not someone who enjoys moving but this was all pretty plain sailing."
He admitted though that upsizing from a bungalow to a house with three floors did have a slight draw back – they needed more things.
He said: "It was quite a change going from a single-storey bungalow to a family home with two lots of stairs. It looked a little empty to start with but a trip to Ikea solved that!"
"We liked where we lived before and one of the disadvantages of moving was that we weren't within walking distance of the beach but we would never have got this type of property for this price in Wembury.
"It is rare to get a good-sized house in the Elburton area for the price we got it."
James's three children, all under the age of 10, have had to change primary school since the move in January last year but he reckons they are all happy with the upheaval.
The valuer, who believes he has valued at least 15,000 properties in his career, says the market is currently ideal for those wanting to go up the ladder.
"There is quite a bit of activity at the lower end of the market but quieter at the high end so you're more likely to get a good deal on a bigger home.
"And when you do see something you want, my advice is to negotiate like your life depends on it."