At Jacobs Steel we want your property move to be as enjoyable as possible. We have put together a 12-point guide so you can prepare for the journey ahead. Have a read through the information below, if you have a useful tip you think we should add, let us know, we would love to hear your thoughts.
It’s a good idea to make sure that you research your finances thoroughly – the mortgage market is changing all the time. Most agents will generally be affiliated with an independent financial advisor – and it is recommended that you speak to one that has access to the whole of the mortgage market.
Select the area(s) that might be right for you and then work out the features that you really need in your new home and the ones that you’d like to have but aren’t absolutely essential. For example, three bedrooms and a study/ home office might be a lot easier to find than a four-bedroom house.
You’ve seen the home of your dreams and now it’s crunch time! How much you offer is entirely up to you but in general most properties that sell in the UK go for very close to the asking price. In the end, the only way to find out if your offer will be accepted is to call the agent and tell them you want to buy.
In this case, cheap is very often not cheerful. Choosing a low-cost solicitor usually means that you will receive a cut-rate service. Without doubt your best option is to go for a local solicitor with in-depth knowledge of the area. They usually cost a little bit more but it is nearly always worth it.
Fill out the final forms with the address & details of the property and then choose the type of survey you want – Valuation, Homebuyers or Building Survey. It may be more cost effective for you to pay for the basic Valuation and then ask tradesmen to investigate any issues found.
There’s quite a lot of paperwork associated with property transactions, so it is important to read everything sent to you by email or post thoroughly and respond to any queries that come up. As part of the process you’ll need to prove your identity several times to agents, solicitors and mortgage advisors.
Remember that a survey is there to tell you everything that’s wrong – it’s quite daunting to find that the property you fell in love with isn’t quite as perfect as you thought. You may need to renegotiate, or get quotes for the issues noted to make sure they are within your budget.
Most property transactions exchange contracts with a deposit of 10% so your solicitor is going to need this quite soon. If you have instant access to the money then you’ll need to check your daily transfer limit. You may need to give notice for money stored in other types of accounts such as ISAs and bonds.
When your solicitor has checked through the paperwork provided, has answers to all the questions raised, confirmed your mortgage offer and checked the legal status of the property they’ll send you a big information pack with a covering letter to confirm everything is ready.
Solicitors usually arrange for exchanges and completions on a Friday although both can be done any day during the working week. It is quite normal to have anything from seven days to four weeks between the two, usually so that money can be requested from the mortgage companies in good time.
It’s worth investigating local removal companies or van hire options in advance but you won’t be able to book anything until you have a firm moving date which you only get on exchange. It’s also time to inform the utility companies that you’re moving, in particular broadband internet can take a while to sort.
The exact time for completion will depend on how many properties there are in the chain and where you are in that chain. Usually the solicitors try to arrange for about 1pm to give plenty of time for everyone to pack up and take their meter readings. We will call you when the solicitors have confirmed that completion has occurred.
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