Selling Your Property? Here Are Five Tips to Help Avoid Delays

Embarking on the journey of selling your home is a significant and multifaceted decision, encompassing a spectrum of tasks and duties.

This endeavor begins with the essential steps of decluttering and addressing those last-minute DIY projects. However, an integral part of this journey is selecting the right estate agent – something we excel at – and consulting a mortgage broker if financing your next property is part of your plan.

Yet, a crucial element often missed in the hustle of these preparations is the conveyancing process.

To circumvent potential delays that could test the patience of your prospective buyer, it’s advisable to proactively engage with these five essential conveyancing tips.

Select a Competent Solicitor

Initiate this step at the very beginning of your selling process. Instead of delaying, seek recommendations from your social circle and aim to get at least three different quotes for comparison. It’s important to meticulously review the fee proposals, bearing in mind that the most economical option might not necessarily equate to the best service. A solicitor’s promptness in responding to your initial inquiries can be a telling indicator of their future responsiveness.

Exercise Vigilance

Opt for a solicitor who utilizes a secure client portal for communication. While rare, there have been instances where scammers have infiltrated email communications, exploiting information from sales exchanges for fraudulent activities. It’s better to err on the side of caution.

Prepare Your Identification Documents

You will need to provide personal identification, such as a passport or driving license, accompanied by proof of address, which can be utility bills or bank statements.

Systematize Your Documentation

Gather all relevant documents that pertain to any alterations made to the property during your ownership. This documentation should include:

  • Planning permissions and building approvals, if applicable
  • Records of gas safety inspections
  • Energy performance certificates
  • FENSA certificates for window replacements
  • Warranties for any works such as damp-proofing

Anticipating what information your buyer might request and preparing it in advance can save you from stressful, last-minute searches.

Respond Promptly

Be quick to answer any queries from the buyer’s solicitor regarding the property. Timely responses are key. Delays or lack of communication can create mistrust and escalate stress levels for everyone involved in the process.

By following these steps diligently, you can streamline the conveyancing process, making your home-selling journey smoother and more efficient.

If you’re considering putting your home on the market, contact us here for a free valuation.

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