Why does it take so long to buy my house?

As specialist conveyancers we are often asked why it takes so long to complete the conveyancing process, from agreeing the price with the Estate Agents to moving in.

It’s a tough question and the answer, of course, is a complicated one but there are things that we can all do to speed it up and to make the process as quick and as smooth as possible.

The key is planning ahead:-, for instance make sure that you instruct your conveyancer before you have shaken hands on the deal so all the preliminary work such as checking your identity can be got out of the way ensuring that it does not delay the purchase and, get your mortgage application in. Pay the valuation fee, commission your survey, get quotes for any work that needs doing. The sooner you get the details ironed out, the less chance there is for an unexpected delay later on.

Another important point is to be realistic and flexible when considering dates for completion. Most purchases are part of a chain of transactions which can sometimes involve four or even more parties, each with their own priorities and needs. The more flexible you can be in agreeing a date to move, the easier it will be to agree a date to move.

Finally, don’t forget to keep the time free. Try not to make commitments months in advance that might become inconvenient later. For instance this time of year we are thinking of planning our holidays and if you are also thinking of moving house, there is always the risk that the two might clash somewhere in the summer. Perhaps delaying the holiday plans until the purchase timescale becomes a bit clearer might be sensible?

As your local conveyancing experts AmicusLaw are always on hand to help with queries and advice to help you move. Contact Peter Watkin at Amicuslaw, on 01823462512 or peter.watkin@amicuslaw.co.uk

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