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5 Time Saving Tips To Selling Your Home

Posted on 15 May 2019
5 Time Saving Tips To Selling Your Home

The steps many people leave until their property is sale agreed - and often wish they hadn’t!!

1. Appoint a solicitor when you put your property on the market.
Until now, people have traditionally waited until their property is sale agreed and, once appointed, the solicitor applies to the bank or mortgage lender to ‘draw down the deeds’.  What used to take 2 weeks can now take up to 6-8 weeks depending on your mortgage lender - that can have a significant impact on your sale completion time estimate, especially if you want a quick sale.  We suggest that you appoint a solicitor as soon as you put the house on the market and if you need help to choose a solicitor speak to us - we deal with conveyancing solicitors day in, day out and would be more than happy to Pinpoint a few firms to contact.

2. Gas Safety Certificate:
A legal requirement and solicitors will not let the sale complete without one, but it’s often not looked for by them until the approaching the end of a sale.  When you’re trying to pack, and organise your move, scrambling to organise a gas engineer in the midst of everything only adds to your stress levels.  Get it done early and if you need help to arrange one, our property management team will be happy to help.

3. Electrical Safety Certificate:
It's now commonplace for both the potential buyers solicitor and surveyors to mention or request. It is recommended to have your electrics looked at every 10 years. If this is not something you have done recently, get a NICEIC registered contractor to have a look at your electrics to prepare yourself for any issues that may be raised.

4. Planning Permission/ Building Control Certificates:
If you have completed any works on your property e.g. gas installation, chimney removal, patio door installation or an extension, these works may have required planning permission or building control approval.  Hunt out those certificates and provide them to your solicitor.  If you do not have them, ask your solicitors advice on whether you should apply for retrospective approvals.  In some cases it may not be necessary, in some they may recommend you do so.  Find out and take action early to save major last minute delays to your moving day deadlines, or worse still, the sale falling through entirely.

5.  Damp Certificate:
If you have carried out any damp/timber treatments on your property in the last ten years, provide a copy of the guarantee/certificate to your solicitor.  If you know there are issues that need resolved, get them done prior to any buyers survey or risk the sale going forward.