As the stamp duty holiday reaches its deadline, a huge number of sales are being agreed.
This means that the time taken from having your offer accepted to being given the keys could take longer than usual.
There are some elements during a home move that are out of your hands. That said, if you're prepared and communicative, you can certainly have an influence on the overall process and reduce any additional delays.
Respond in a timely manner
This might be an obvious tip, but it’s not uncommon for buyers or sellers to take their time when responding to something simple.
When you receive documents to fill out, it’s important that you don’t dwell on the task for too long.
It can be tempting to leave paperwork to the last possible minute, but if possible, you should set aside time within a couple of days of receiving them.
Right now, there are many things that could force you to compromise and deviate from the initial plan.
For example, if you’re scheduled to move in the next two weeks, but the buyer would like this to be earlier, are you able to compromise?
It might be worth considering outlining your limitations from the beginning so everyone can plan accordingly and avoid any surprises later on.
Organise your questions beforehand
If you need to make an urgent call regarding your home move, write down all the questions you might need to ask before you pick up the phone.
This will allow you to get the answers you need in just one call, instead of having to go back multiple times as and when you think of new queries or concerns.
Ask away when choosing your solicitor
Whether you've been recommended a solicitor or you've found one for yourself, it's always a good idea to call them before making your choice, as you need to determine if they're the right fit for you and your property.
If you’re unsure about what you could ask, use some of the following questions:
- What should I expect from the process?
- How will I know when tasks are completed?
- How will you communicate with me?
- Are there any delays that might come up that you’re aware of?