How long does it take to move house?
Those new to buying property are often surprised by how long the process can take from start to finish. There are several factors that come into play when determining how long your transaction will take from having your offer accepted to moving into your new home: The number of people involved in the chain (the shorter it is, the easier to manage and therefore shorter in duration potentially), problems with one or more buyers in the chain getting a mortgage offer, communication, management and many others.
The greatest time that needs to be set aside is for the conveyancing, which is the complex legal process of transferring ownership of the property from seller to buyer, replicated along the entire chain. Typically, the conveyancing can take an average of between eight and twelve weeks to complete, so, in reality, you should be thinking in terms of months.
However, if you appoint a results-focused and proactive solicitor, who will do everything possible to reduce the length of time, including talking to everyone involved in the chain, pushing for swift return of forms and documentation, and using modern technology to drive the process forward, you will stand a better chance of the conveyancing being a lot shorter. And the earlier you appoint them, the quicker they can get started on your transaction.
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What can a Woldingham property lawyer advise if the property I am buying is in a Tandridge planning authority conservation area which seems to have unsympathetic stone cladding installed?
Tandridge council Requisition for search and Official Certificate of Search conducted by a solicitor during the legal process will check whether the property is in a designated conservation area and any evidence of the appropriate permissions for additions to the property will be required.
If I’m putting my furniture and other things in storage, will the process take longer?
There shouldn’t be any reason why your move would take longer than a standard removal if you are pitting your belongings into storage. In fact, in some instances, it might be beneficial for the chain and your completion on the sale, since you are likely to incur fewer delays in the process because you can put your furniture and other things in storage before the event.
Whatever your plans, it’s worth mentioning them to your conveyancing solicitor so that they know the logistics on the day of completion, and may even be able to provide advice and pointers on what to consider before the day to ensure things move more smoothly.
If I am buying on the same road as a church in Woldingham, should I get a chancel liability search?
In Woldingham, where land was once owned by a lay impropriators, new owners of that property may be obliged to pay for upkeep of churches. A chancel search will confirm whether liability for Woldingham properties is likely to exist. The solicitor handling your conveyancing will be able to advise as to whether a chancel search is necessary. Woldingham church properties include St Agatha and St Paul.
Can you advise how to circumvent paying for stamp duty in Woldingham?
Stamp duty mitigation must be treated with caution. These schemes are highly expensive and HMRC may challenge a scheme up to six years later and the total stamp duty tax may be payable.