A house sale can be as quick as 6 weeks or as long as 6 months, depending on the length of the chain and the type of hold that’s being purchased or sold. There are several steps to a house sale, and at any stage there could be a hold up.
So what can you do to help speed things up?
Securing a House Sale
There is lots of advice out there for house sellers, but it’s relatively simple to make your home appealing to potential buyers. First impressions are really important, so make sure the exterior of your home is clean, i.e. windows and drive has been cleaned, your garden is tidy, and your gate doesn’t squeak. Clean and de-clutter your home, so it looks open and inviting. Keep your décor relatively plain, so your potentials can imagine themselves in your house.
Do Your Homework
Or better yet, your paperwork. Preferably, find a solicitor to act on your behalf and do it before you even find a buyer. Complete the standard Law Society forms, including Property Information Form TA6, Fittings and Contents Form TA10 and Leasehold Information Form TA7. Instruct your solicitor to prepare your draft contracts as soon as the house goes on the market; don’t wait until you have a sale. Doing this paperwork can save weeks.
You should also produce the certificates for any work done to your property, such as a Gas Safe certificate if you’ve installed a gas boiler.
Don’t Rely on Your Estate Agent
You don’t have to rely on your estate agent to do all the communicating. If there are issues that need resolving, then suggest arranging a meeting with the other party to speed up the communication process. This can also mean that any misunderstandings are sorted out instantly, rather than through several people.
A good estate agent, like Featherstone Leigh, will chase up processed rather than letting the delay run its course.
Don’t go for the Cheapest Solicitor
Choose your solicitor carefully, as those with too many clients will cause you huge frustration. Before you instruct anyone, try ringing your potential solicitor to see how quickly they get back to you, as well as asking how many other people they’re acting on behalf of. Try and avoid understaffed firms.
Ask to be blind cc’d into any outgoing emails, so if there is a delay, you can see what is being done, and you can pre-empt any problems.