Our Conveyancers are Ready to Help You Move

Sarah Ryan, Head of Private Client
Author:
Sarah Jones
Head of Property, Licensed Conveyancer
Date:
13/05/2020

Even though the property market stalled over the past weeks, we’ve been working with our clients and estate agents to progress sales and purchases as much as possible.

All of our Conveyancers are working and have been since lockdown started and we’ve not charged clients any additional fees to move their sale or purchase on.

We’ve been here every step of the way.

Read what some of our clients have said about us during lockdown:

The team in the Southport branch worked very hard to get our family set up in are new home even with the current situation (covid-19 )
Very easy to deal with, perfect communication. Would definitely use again! Thanks for completing during this tough time with no delays.
Susanna Cosgrove is an absolute asset to this firm, we found her to be professional, helpful and hard working when it came to our case. In the current situation too, I don’t think we would be in our new home if it wasn’t for her hard work on our case. I can highly recommend this firm based in Liverpool. We would definitely use again

As we’re now emerging from lockdown, how will the amended regulations impact the conveyancing process?

From the 13 May, the lockdown restrictions have been updated. They now say:

During the emergency period, no person may leave the place where they are living without reasonable excuse.

A reasonable excuse includes the need to undertake any of the following activities in connection with the purchase, sale, letting or rental of a residential property:

(i) visiting estate or letting agents, developer sales offices or show homes;

(ii) viewing residential properties to look for a property to buy or rent;

(iii) preparing a residential property to move in;

(iv) moving home;

(v) visiting a residential property to undertake any activities required for the rental or sale of that property;”

On the face of it, it looks like the market is reopening. 

But, we need to be mindful that social distancing in all aspects of the conveyancing process is necessary.  We won’t be going back to what we understand is normality and we all need to make sure everyone stays safe during the conveyancing process.

What Does this Actually Mean?

If you have stalled your transaction because of the restrictions and if the chain agrees, your move can now proceed.  You may find that mortgage offers or searches could still be delayed but if you’ve have worked closely with your conveyancer, everything should be ready for you to move home.

What Should I Do to Get Moving?

  • Check with your Conveyancer and confirm you are in a position to proceed. Ask your Conveyancer for confirmation they can deal with the transaction and meet your timeline. Some businesses furloughed staff when the market closed, so you may find that there is some delay in bringing their staff back from furlough. 
  • If your Conveyancer isn’t open or you want to move Conveyancers so you can move your transaction along, we can help you. You should check that your Conveyancer won’t charge you an abortive fee if you move your case.
  • Contact the chain and the estate agents with your instructions sating that you now want to proceed.
  • Arrange to visit the property before exchange, but make sure you conform to social distancing rules. Remember it has been a few weeks, or possibly months since your last visit to the property, so a final visit or viewing is worth it.
  • Contact your mortgage lender and confirm the offer is still in place and there have not been any changes in your circumstances.
  • Contact a removal company and check if they are open and able to support you with your move.
  • Once you have made these calls, suggest a completion date and work with your Conveyancer to move to an exchange of contract and completion as soon as possible.

Our team of Conveyancers are here to help. If your Conveyancer isn’t open or you need help and advice with a move, get in touch. We can help you.

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