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ceri - on 11 Mar 2018

As the title: how long, in peoples experience, has it taken to go from offers to moving? Given that I start my new job at the start of May at the other side of the country, I'm pretty sure I'm going to be living in my van

alan moore - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

2-3 months from my experience of half a dozen house sales/buys.

Doug on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

Where do you live ? Took me a couple of weeks in Scotland although I don't know if that's typical & I suspect different in England

Swirly - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

Took me 6 months! Should have been 3 but then, on the day of exchange, something went wrong further up the chain. I did negotiate some money back as a result of it though.

Philip on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

No chain? 6 weeks if you sit on the lazy estate agents. 2 weeks if no mortgage involved.

TobyA on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to Philip:

We're not in a chain, our offer was accepted start of December and our solicitor reckons she'll get us a completion date this week, hopefully in the next couple of weeks. Never bought a house in the UK before but it seems like a right faff, at least compared to Finland which is my only comparison.

So OP, we're on 3 months and not there yet!

alan moore - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to Doug:

Two weeks is exceptional! My Scottish/English experiences have been identical so far...

ceri - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

Hmm, looks like we may need some rental accommodation...

BnB - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

I'd say 6 months is a prudent estimate. Expect delays and incompetence at every turn.

Aaron91 - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

Took me about 8 weeks, but I got the feeling it could have gone faster.

Blue Straggler - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

 

2004 in England, 8-9 weeks no chain, and putting a reasonable push on estate agents and solicitors 

 

steve taylor - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

6-8 weeks in my experience in the UK - managed it three times, but no real chain for any of them. A mortgage was required each time.

The lower end of the range was by being pushy with everyone involved and there was no chain at all. Upper end due to constantly pi$$ed solicitor not doing his job, until my wife and our vendor turned up at their office to give them a full-on bollocking. It moved very quickly then.

Greylag - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

8 months for us... though even our solicitor said that was the longest she'd ever dealt with so yours won't be any longer than that! 

wintertree - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

6 weeks and 9 weeks, fianance sorted out beforehand both times.  The quicker one didn’t involve estate agents, the longer one did.  

To get it below 6 weeks you would I think have to skip the information searches (mining, water, etc) as they become a limiting factor.  Doubt you can do that if you have a mortgage.

To repeat what others said, the key to keeping it quick is to keep on top of the estate agents and then the solicitors once they take over.  Get a timeline agreed with them and then check in every few days.

 

Dax H - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

Got one done in 10 weeks, no chain, mortgage in principal with a 50% deposit and no surveys to do (due to the 50% dipper the bank didn't need them). We were promised 8 and the only reason we made 10 was because I took a day off to run paperwork from solicitor to solicitor and back to bank 2 days before the vendor went on a world cruise whilst their new house was being built. 

The next one took 3 months, again no chain, again mortgage in principal in place. My solicitor kept telling us that the buyers solicitor was dragging their feet but I knew the buyer very well and she was told the same by her solicitor. 

redsonja - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

When we sold my mam's farm it was 6 months. There was no chain and half the money was paid in cash. The buyer wanted a quick sale but the solicitors were unbelievably slow. They dragged it on and on. In the end the buyer said he wanted to be in the farm within 2 weeks and then suddenly it all got sorted.

ceri - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

So, with a really good wind I could be living in my house, but most likely need to find alternative short term accommodation for 2 people, 4 dogs, 2 cats, 3 ferrets and 2 hamsters for a month or so :o (that's a lot to fit in a camper van....)

ebygomm - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

Offer accepted end of May and moved in mid August so 10 weeks. Could have saved a couple of weeks on that as we had a fortnight between exchange and completion to allow to give notice on our rental. No chain

Gordon Stainforth - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

I've bought three houses in my life. Fairly sure each took between 6-8 weeks and no longer.

elliot.baker - on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

We went 10 weeks from starting to look to the day we moved in, I think about 7-8 of those weeks were between offer and moving in.

estivoautumnal on 11 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

There are so many variables.

Is the seller wanting to move out quickly?

Are you a cash buyer or do you need to arrange a mortgage?

Are there any problems with the house that a mortgage provider would baulk at?

How good is your solicitor? Are they a small practice and your solicitor is off on a 2 week holiday?

I have bought and sold a few houses in Scotland and the average time was 3 months from viewing to moving in.

 

boriselbrus - on 12 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

In England I've bought 2 houses, one took 3 months, one took 10 months. 

Neil Williams - on 12 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

Very unlikely to be quicker than a couple of months.  Could be a lot longer but usually isn't.  Might be not at all - chains can break at any point up to the day you get the keys.

kathrync - on 12 Mar 2018
In reply to ceri:

6 weeks for us in Scotland.  No chain though so all we had to do really was get the mortgage in place.


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