Should I put my home on the market before I look to buy another?

Published on: 18/05/2021

Should I put my home on the market before I look to buy another?


Since the start of the year, activity in the South West property market has been gathering pace.

Estate agents in Cornwall are currently experiencing record levels of demand for quality homes, with house prices are at an all-time high across the UK.

Properties are selling faster than ever before - with thousands of households dreaming of a new home contemplating a very familiar question - should you buy first or sell first?

Across our Millerson network, this one of the most common questions we get asked by our clients.

It's a real chicken-and-egg situation, but one that in this instance has a simple answer - sell first!

Why should I sell my home first?


It's crucial you first secure a buyer for your home, assuming that you need to sell your current property to buy your next.

This way, when the right property comes to the market, you'll be in a prime position to make an offer.

Most sellers prefer to deal with buyers who have, at the very least, already got their home up for sale. That's a fact.

If you do not act first, another house-hunter with a buyer already in place is in a far better position that you, no matter what your offer is.

Here's how to get started.


How do I put my home on the market?


It can be tempting to hold off selling your current property until you find another.

However, that is the last thing you should do.

Whatever your motivation for wanting to move, your first step should always be to put your home on the market.

Here at Millerson, our expert team can guide you through the whole process from start to finish.

Simply click this link ( for a FREE valuation - and we'll do the rest.


How can I find out the value of my home?


Millerson's team of property professionals have years of experience in selling homes across Cornwall.

We will draw on this experience to determine the value of your property.

Knowing how much your current home is worth from the start will help make sure your expectations are realistic when looking for your next.

Be wary of other estate agents who may overvalue your property as according to Rightmove properties over the market value get 40% less interest from launch.

You may be able to tell this has happened if you notice a lack of viewings from potential buyers.

If you get several valuations and decide to go with a higher valuation from another agent, your home could end up selling for much less.

It could subsequently also take you a lot longer to move.


Why should I choose Millerson to sell my home?


No doubt you have probably done some research before even deciding to sell.

Whether that's speaking to local estate agents, browsing properties online or visiting areas in which you wish to buy.

Millerson has nine offices across Cornwall - from Penzance to Launceston - and we put you, our customers, at the very heart of our business.

Since 1936, we have established a strong reputation for quality, trust and exceptional service.

Jeremy Miller, Operations Partner at Millerson, says: "We are the leading estate agent in Cornwall, offering sales, lettings and commercial property across the county with our network of branches.

"We're proud of our multi-disciplined business which we believe offers customers all they require whatever their property needs.

"We utilise our whole network to make sure your property gets in front of the right people, at the right price."

Selling your property needn’t be complicated. We can take the pressure off and do the groundwork for you.

Take the first step today and book your free instant online valuation with us.

Simply enter your postcode on the form here ( for an indication of what your property is worth should you wish to sell, or what rental you could achieve.

How do I contact Millerson?


Our team of property experts is on hand to and answer any questions you may have.

Please get in touch using the contact details below.

Camborne - 01209 612255 /

Hayle - 01736 754115 /

Helston and Falmouth area - 01326 572434 /

Launceston - 01566 776055 /

Liskeard - 01579 344401 /

Perranporth - 01872 573700 /

St Austell - 01726 72289 /

St Ives - 01736 798833 /

West Cornwall (Penzance) - 01736 361282 /


Head Office (Truro) - 01872 277794 /

Property Management West Cornwall (Hayle) - 01209 340095 /

Mayfair (London) - 0203 327 2759 /


Alternatively, fill in our contact form here (


We look forward to hearing from you!

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