Chester & Cheshire

How to Speed Up the Conveyancing Process

The conveyancing process can be long and tedious. Most people will welcome tips for speeding this up! Read on to figure out how you can do just that, and get in your new home as soon as possible. 

How do I speed up the conveyancing process?

Start as soon as possible.

Start the legal process asap! At the start of the conveyancing process, it’s all about focusing on collecting information including documents and other kinds of formalities, completing these initial tasks as soon as possible after you put your property on the market can prevent delays down the line.

Chase up paperwork.

Upon accepting an offer, the solicitors chester needs to send a draft contract and any other relevant piece of information to the buyer’s lawyer. This information is then reviewed by the buyer’s solicitor, who will revert with additional further enquiries down the line.

Though the majority of legal work on a properties transaction is carried out on the buyers’ side. The conveyancing process however commencing depends on the buyer’s solicitor receiving this draft contract pack.

Completing the initial paperwork and formalities ahead of an offer can shave up to weeks off of the process. As such the majority of solicitors work on a no move, no fee basis. So there's no reason to wait until you have accepted an offer before instructing a solicitor to make a start. 

Make sure all of your necessary documents, including warranties and certificates, are collected together.

Know all there is to know about the property. 

The buyer as well as their employed solicitor will want to know as much as possible about the property. This will include certain requests for a range of paperwork and documents, including :

  • An up-to-date gas and electrical certifications.

  • Planning permissions and building regulations approval for any works that have been carried out at the property.

  • Warranties, including NHBC certificates, - especially in the case of new homes.

  • You should significantly reduce delays by ensuring you collect all necessary documents as soon as you are possibly able to. 

Return all forms, and answer all enquiries as soon as you can. 

Your solicitor will then be able to send various forms that you will need to complete the property and how you have used it over the years. This can include property information forms (TA6), Firrings and Contents Form (TA10) and also the Leasehold Information Form (TA7), in the case that it is a flat that you are selling.

Contact the managing agent (if selling a flat)

If you are selling a leasehold property, the buyer’s solicitor will also need to review the management information pack, this contains service change, as well as ground rent accounts, and insurance details, it will also contain information about planned works and details of any existing disputes.

Be prepared to renegotiate.

It is not unusual for bytes to negotiate during the conveyancing process. In a buyer’s market buyers might trip to chip away at the last minute, threatening to pull out! Also known as ‘Guzdowning’.

This is more likely when a defect is identified during the survey. These issues can also be resolved through a healthy dialogue - communication is key. If you do end up renegotiating, remember considering what the minimum acceptable price is.

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