Walton on Thames


A Property Inheritance brings a Number of Options


Inheriting a property may seem to some people to be a fortunate scenario that brings nothing but pleasure, but it should be noted that this isn’t always the case. If the house or flat in question was owned by a close relative who has recently passed away, then there will no doubt be a level of emotional attachment that will have to be taken into consideration before deciding what to do with the place.


The new owners have a number of options open to them, so it’s a good idea to sit down and go through them before committing to a particular course of action. If the property is to be shared among two or more siblings, as is often the case, then a consensus of opinion is a must. There are times when this won’t be easy, of course, but it’s important for everyone to be in agreement.


Some people choose to move into the property straight away, and to make it their home from then on. This is a sensible course of action if it ticks all of the relevant boxes, but of course it may prove to be difficult to cope with the emotion involved. If a loved one had lived there for many years previously, there will no doubt be a great many memories attached to every room.


To Sell or not to Sell? That is the Question


Another alternative is to put the home on the market in order to sell it. There is no right or wrong answer to this scenario, because every case is different, but if the new owners are looking for a lump sum and don’t want the emotional attachment of continued ownership, this may prove to be the most sensible outcome. As always, reputable estate agents are on hand to help make this a reality.


With property prices still recovering, it may be a better option for some people to consider letting the property out instead. Having a steady income stream for the foreseeable future will appeal to many, and over time there is a good chance that the value of the house or flat will continue to increase. There are a number of issues that need to be considered when renting, so it’s a good idea to ask for advice.


It should be noted that some properties, particularly those which have been occupied by the same people for many decades, may be in need of some tender loving care before they are suitable for renting or selling. The new owners may need to consider the tasks that will need to be carried out before the place is ready to be viewed by the general public. Here at James Neave the Estate Agents, we are always happy to offer guidance on this subject.