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With something as significant as buying and selling a property, getting from start to finish will always take a bit of time. However, there are plenty of ways you can help speed up the process. Choosing the right estate agent and getting your paperwork together as early as you can are key.

The pre-exchange period is known to be the part of the process most prone to delays. It’s at this point where you can expect a lot of back and forth between solicitors, agents and mortgage advisors—especially if you’re part of a chain.

To help speed things up its a really good idea to gather together your property paperwork before you put your property on the market which can included:

  • a copy of the lease (if the property is leasehold)

  • documentation related to the freehold (if a freehold property)

  • FENSA certificates for replacement windows

  • your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

  • relevant building restrictions

  • building regulation certificate when alterations have taken place

  • Gas Safety certificate for a new boiler

Top tips to speed up your POOLE house sale

TAKE YOUR TIME, BUT NOT TOO MUCH, AND KEEP IN CONTACT Don’t rush anything but equally don’t sit on things for weeks as you’ll be holding up the process. Accept that normal life may need to take a back seat until you have exchanged contracts.

Make sure you’re fully contactable—even if you’re on holiday. Be sure to keep in regular contact with your solicitor and estate agent so that you’re up to speed with what’s going on throughout the process. To help keep things moving, you might want to agree on a weekly update between all parties at the start of the process to reduce the chances of any miscommunication or misunderstanding.

SET A TARGET END DATE By agreeing on a realistic target date for exchange, everyone has a set deadline to work towards and this should give the process more impetus and structure. If one side or both sides aren’t in a rush to move, build in some extra time between exchange and completion rather than being too flexible with the exchange date.

KEEP ON TOP OF THINGS It’s important to stay in the loop because if you understand what needs to be done, and by when, it’s easier for you to manage the sale process and keep on top of what needs chasing up.

Any estate agent worth their salt will be able to advise you on every aspect of the selling process, they should guide you through the process week by week and will help guide you when things need doing or chasing up.

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