Looking to sell your property? There are some things you can do, before you put your property on the market which will help the process run as smoothly as possible:

  1. Deeds – Nowadays most properties are registered but there are some that are still unregistered. If your property has not been registered at Land Registry and you hold the deeds to the property it is worth retrieving them so that you are prepared and there is no delay when you find a buyer.  
  2. Certificates and Warranties – If you have had works done to the property, or were passed documentation for works that previous owners carried out then the best thing to do is to collate this information together ready to give to your solicitor as soon as you instruct them.
  3. Property Information Form, Leasehold Information Form, and Fixtures, Fittings and Contents Form – There are standard forms that need to be completed when selling a property depending on whether it is freehold or leasehold. These forms are known to take time so it may be worthwhile asking your solicitor for a copy of them in advance.
  4. Completion dates – Ultimately, your sale or purchase may be linked to a whole chain of transactions and you must all agree to the same date for completion. If you know about dates that you will not be able to complete on it would be worthwhile letting any estate agent involved know as well as your solicitor.

The Residential Property team at Thompson Smith are here to help with all of your property matters. They can be contacted on 01206 574431 (Colchester) or 01255 221919 (Clacton) or by email at movinghome@tsplegal.com