The buying and selling of a property involves a number of different processes and people and will always need a fair amount of time to come to a conclusion. Here we’ve collated a few top tips on speeding up the process:
1. Choose an estate agent carefully
Having the right estate agent is a vital step to achieving a timely and smooth selling transaction. Do your research into local agents and take into account whether they have experience selling properties like yours, how often they achieve the original asking price and how quickly they get properties moving.
2. Opt for a good solicitor or conveyancer
In the same way, that choosing a good estate agent is key to the process going smoothly and swiftly; a good solicitor will be an important element in the dealings. Ask around and see if people you know have any recommendations for solicitors they have used.
3. Organise the paperwork
It’s useful to have the following documentation to hand early on to avoid a hold up later down the line:
A copy of the lease or documentation that relates to the freehold
FENSA certificates for replacement windows
Any relevant building restrictions
Building regulation certificates for when alterations have been carried out
Gas safety certificates for new boilers
4. Energy Performance Certificate
This document has to be included with a sale by law so ensure you have access to it. The document shows how energy efficient the property is.
5. Communication is key
Stay in regular contact with your solicitor and estate agent so that you’re always aware of where you are in the process and to avoid the risk of misunderstandings.