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A recent study by the Post Office Money Mortgages shows that the average UK property takes a huge 91 days to sell, around 17.5 days longer than this time last year. We’ve put together some tips to help you avoid the long wait, and get your house sold in record time.

Find a great solicitor

We may be biased, but a good solicitor can make the difference between a straightforward sale and a painful one. For example, if your solicitor is inexperienced, everything will take longer than if you’d gone with someone who’s done the conveyancing on hundreds of similar properties before.

All the solicitors we work with are fully qualified and accredited by the SRA (Solicitor’s Regulation Authority) or the CLC (Council for Licensed Solicitors), meaning that they can get your conveyancing done on time and to a high standard.

In addition, all our solicitors offer Fixed Fees, meaning you only pay what you were quoted and not a penny more, plus a ‘No Move No Fee’ guarantee, which covers you in case your purchase falls through – if this is the case, we’ll give you your next conveyancing for free.

Make sure you sell it

When it comes to selling a house, looks are everything. It’s important to make sure that any photos you take of your property are clear and attractive, and preferably of high quality.

Before taking photos or arranging a viewing, ensure that your house is not only clean and tidy, but that it is fairly clear of your belongings. This is because when a prospective buyer looks at your property, they need to be able to imagine their own furniture and things in there. If your house is overflowing with stuff, they’re likely to look elsewhere.

Another great tip is to fill your home with nice scents. Citrus, coffee, fresh flowers or baking are known to have a positive effect on homebuyers, so make sure you pick one and get your whole house smelling fresh and inviting.

If you’re a first-time buyer and you’re only buying a house, make sure you book your viewings as soon as possible and go to a number of them to ensure you’ve picked the right property, as once the deposit is down, there’s no going back.

Do your bit

It’s easy to blame the solicitor for a lengthy conveyancing process, but if you haven’t done your part of the workload, there’s not much your solicitor can do.

As soon as you receive paperwork, get it done! This may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people wait until the last minute to return important documents, then complain when their conveyancing takes a little longer.

Conveyancing is a two-person street, and your solicitor will need you to be just as punctual and engaged as they are. That is, if you want to reach the Completion date on time.

So, there you have it. Three ways you can speed up your conveyancing. Of course, our solicitors will work equally hard to pull out all the stops and make sure you Complete on time.

Why not see for yourself and use our straightforward conveyancing search engine to get instant quotes from a number of experienced and professional conveyancing solicitors today. The sooner you start, the sooner you can move in!


Published 15 / 11 / 2016

Ellie in Conveyancing