Home and Living

The move before Christmas

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Conveyancing specialists advice on what to do now if you want to move home before Christmas.

Christmas is now just 85 sleeps away, or fewer than three months for those of us who aren’t yet ready for a daily countdown. And while it might still seem like a way off, now is the time to act if you want Santa Clause to deliver to a new address.

List your property

According to The Advisory, an independent advice group for home sellers, the best time to list a property is between August and October. RightMove suggests a finer deadline of 14th October for those who want a shorter time on market. The sale time can depend on the market itself, marketing, property features and location, plus the level of supply and demand.

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Find the right conveyancing solicitor

Conveyancing is the process of legally transferring ownership. It is possible (although difficult) do the conveyancing yourself, so long as you’re not taking out a mortgage. When getting a quote, the solicitor will outline what’s included in their fees as well as any additional disbursements.

It’s wise to engage a solicitor as soon as your house is on the market. They can do all the necessary background checks and prepare the sales contract in advance so it’s ready to hand to a prospective buyer straight away.

Read the rest of the article here in the autumn ’19 issue.