Moving Home

Planning and preparation

February 10, 2023
Information published was correct at the time of writing

Buying and selling property at the same time

SELLING YOUR HOME to move into a new home at the same time can be a challenge. The dreaded property chain can cause chaos, tripping you up at the last minute. With both processes, there can be a lot of paperwork and agreements involved, and without the right advice there’s a lot of room for error.

Here are our top tips for making your sale and purchase as smooth as possible

1. Do your research – Knowing what you want and need from both purchases is important. Research local property values so you can determine appropriate prices for both sales and make sure each sale is fair.

2. Get professional advice – Using a professional estate agent will help ensure everything runs smoothly when buying and selling a home at the same time, as they have extensive experience of the processes involved in housing transactions. They can also provide invaluable advice on current market conditions that could affect the success of your purchase and sale.

3. Work out the finances – Calculate an accurate figure for how much money you will need to cover both transactions, taking into account stamp duty, solicitors’ fees and any other associated costs. Also consider whether you need a bridging loan, so obtain professional mortgage advice in order to manage your cash flow during the buying/ selling process.

4. Get ready to move quickly – When buying and selling simultaneously, it is important to be prepared to move quickly when an offer has been accepted on either side so that the transaction can progress smoothly. Ensure you have all the necessary paperwork in order before starting any sale or purchase and make sure both properties are ready for viewing should potential buyers want to view them at short notice. You’ll also need to make sure you have an EPC or Energy Performance Certificate.

5. Monitor the market – Keeping a close eye on both the selling and buying markets is essential when looking to buy and sell simultaneously. Understanding current demand levels in your area will help you make informed decisions on pricing, while knowledge of recent transactions can also provide valuable insight into how best to proceed with each sale or purchase.

Following these tips will help ensure that the process of buying and selling a UK home at the same time is as stress-free as possible. Taking professional advice and monitoring local markets are key elements in achieving a successful outcome for both transactions.

Don’t forget, our professional, friendly advisers are on hand to support you and can help you explore all of your options.

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