back Posted on 4 May 2023
5 Time Saving Tips for Selling Your Home
Selling your home can be a lengthy process, with many twists and turns along the way. You will want to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible, as quickly as it can. If you follow these 5 tips below, you will save some time on selling your home!

1. Appoint a solicitor FAST!

It is common to wait until your property is Sale Agreed to appoint a solicitor. They will then apply to the lender to request the deeds. This process used to take 2 weeks, now it can take between 6 and 8 weeks depending on the lender. This has a huge impact on your completion date and can draw the process out even longer. Our best advice is to appoint a solicitor as soon as your house is put on the market. If you need some guidance on choosing a solicitor, please speak to us – we work with conveyancing solicitors on a daily basis so can point you in the direction of a few reputable firms.

2. Get an Electrical Safety Certificate

It is recommended that your electrics are checked every 10 years and so both buyer’s solicitors and surveyors will mention this certificate or request to see it. It is best to get an NICEIC registered contractor to have a look at your electrics to see if there are any issues outstanding that need dealt with.

3. Get a Gas Safety Certificate

Solicitors will NOT allow the sale to complete without this certificate as it is a legal requirement for a property to have one. However, they will not often request it until towards the end of a sale. The last thing you need to be worrying about when you’re trying to pack up and move is a gas safety certificate so, it is best practice to get it done early! If you need some help getting one arranged, you can speak to one of our Property Management team members and they will be more than happy to help.

4. Get a Damp Certificate

If any damp or timber treatments have been carried out on your property in the last ten years, provide a copy of the certificate to your solicitor. If there are any issues needing dealt with, have them resolved prior to the buyers survey.

5. Get Planning Permission/Building Control Certificates

If there have been any works on your property that have required planning permission or building control approval, such as, gas installation, patio door installation, an extension or the removal of a chimney, get the certificates and pass them on to your solicitor. If you don’t have them, your solicitor will advise on whether you need to apply for retrospective approvals. In some cases, it may not be needed but in others they may recommend you get them.
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