Sometimes life takes an unexpected turn and you may find yourself going in a different direction to the one you originally intended.
When this occurs, people often have to relocate as quickly as possible, especially if the event that comes out of the blue is a new job in a different city.
However, it's not usually as simple as uprooting yourself and leaving all your troubles behind. Most of you Brits will have to get rid of your old property before you can move on to pastures new and in a stagnant housing market getting a property off your hands quickly can prove difficult.
Consequently, it is important to know how best to display your home so it can secure that illusive speedy sale.
The thing that can give your home a head start is to ensure that it is market ready and has all of those little repairs made that can easily put off a prospective buyer.
One area that many forget when trying to sell their home is the roof
, but if it is in a state of disrepair it is both unsightly and dangerous.
Especially with torrential rain currently battering the country, checking roofs is particularly important and a large proportion could be in need of some urgent TLC.
According to HSBC, another essential step for a quick sale is to de-clutter, with 60 per cent of homeowners and 44 per cent of property experts recommending this move.
Ensuring that homes are tidy and not over-filled is important when putting a home on the market, as prospective buyers want to see the potential of a space and not how you use it. De-cluttering also makes an area appear larger.
and repainting or varnishing the front door is also advised by 44 per cent and 63 per cent of experts respectively.