Moving House in Time for Christmas?

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The lead-up to Christmas is always an exciting and busy time.  Many people going through the process of buying a new home during this festive season hope to complete in time to celebrate Christmas day in their new home?
I love this time of year, and the opportunity to enjoy the excitement of clients who are moving home.  Yes, we are their solicitors, but we are not immune to the infectious ‘buzz’ around Christmas time!
If you are moving home in time for Christmas, it is important for you to select and instruct a solicitor as soon as possible, whilst gathering all relevant documentation, including records of any work you have done to it (if you are selling), and making sure you can demonstrate where your funds are coming from (if you are buying).
Find out from the estate agent what the selling-chain is on your transaction, and understand that it can take time to complete searches, perhaps around missing planning permission documents, tree preservation orders or a lack of building regulation documentation.  Finally, remember that monies have to be in place with your solicitor for both exchange-of-contracts and for completion.
Finally, I will leave you with the true ‘festive’ story concerning something even your solicitor cannot control – the weather! On the day of a completion, during a heavy snowfall, the buyer’s removal van arrived at their new property, only to find that the seller’s removal van had got stuck, leaving. The sellers were stranded at what was no longer their house!  The buyers offered the sellers the top floor for the night while the buyers occupied the ground floor so all could be sorted in the morning. It was, after all, the season of goodwill. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Janine Heil, Partner,
Leigh Duncan Solicitors
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