Here are our top tips:
- Choosing the right solicitor
Solicitors are often recommended by a friend, an agent or from your own research. You should always check they're the right solicitor for you by asking certain questions:
- How will they communicate with you? Will it be via email or over the phone or both?
- Is there cover in place for your solicitor if they have plans that clash with your case?
- What should you expect from the process?
- Is there an online platform or an app you can track each of the tasks? This isn't essential but has been proved very useful to buyers so they know what steps have been completed.
- Respond Quickly
Sounds simple but sometimes buyers/ sellers take weeks to just send ID over. We understand the number of documents you have to fill out can be quite daunting. It is important you take the time to read them thoroughly and ask questions about the parts you don't understand. Try set aside a couple of days to read them and respond to your solicitor.
Prepare your questions you want to ask before calling your solicitor. Make sure you've written them down and they're in front of you. This allows you to have a productive call instead of calling every time you have a question.
Always ask for some rough timings instead of chasing your solicitor or getting your agent to chase them every other day. Ask when you'll next hear from them or ask your agent when they're next looking at the sale progression for this property.
- Move out Plan
Once your sales exchanged you should have a move out plan in place so you're not rushed or flustered when it's coming up to completion.