Our useful guide to help you tick all the boxes to get you ready for moving home.
There is a lot to consider when thinking of moving home so we have put together a few steps to help you get started.
The UK property market has changed dramatically over the last year or so and it has become clear that the 'traditional' house selling process is now generally accepted as no longer fit for purpose.
The legal process is hindered by too little information being gathered by sellers at the start of marketing. All sectors of the property market are now asking for more up front information to help speed up transaction times, reduce stress and minimise the number of sales falling through. Given that failed transaction levels have hit a 35% average in England and Wales something clearly needs to be done. By Comparison, where more up front information is provided in Scotland, the rate of failed transactions is far lower at just 11%.
Following these simple steps will help Home Movers 'Get Legally Prepared' by completing as much of the paperwork as possible even before finding a buyer. This helps eliminate many of the issues that can arise during the transaction before they become a problem and potentially put your sale at risk.
Now you have instructed Oscar James
Thank you for instructing Oscar James to work with you.
We were founded on a deep-rooted, two decade-long knowledge of Northamptonshire & Leicestershire, by a team of savvy individuals who love the area and love helping people invest, move and live in it. We’re a team of quick thinkers and good listeners who do that rare thing: treat customers like people instead of transactions.
Because we know great service isn’t just about experience and expertise, it’s also about keeping the promises we make.
Please follow the next steps so that we can get your move up and running as quickly as possible.
Confirm your Identity
Everyone that you engage with is going to need to know who you are. It is best practice for businesses to complete Identification and Anti Money Laundering Checks (ID/AML) so don't be surprised.
We are no exception. We have made this process very straight forward by delivering a remote solution utilising a mobile app where we can verify your identity in under a minute with a simple and easy to use service.
This should be completed at your earliest convenience.
Access and complete your Legal Protocol Forms
Complete your FREE to access Legal Protocol Forms without the need to print, as editable versions are available to download below. Invariably Home Movers do not have access to these forms until after they have instructed a Conveyancer to act for them. We provide them here to enable our clients to get better prepared.
Gather all useful documents such as boiler service agreements and double glazing guarantees etc. and keep them somewhere safe with your completed protocol forms, as they will all be needed when you instruct a conveyancer to act for you.
Order an Environmental Report
Over the years we have had numerous instances where sales have fallen through due to environmental issues raised in reporting instructed by the buyers conveyancer.
In hindsight, some of the environmental impacts, when seen by a conveyancer with local knowledge and understanding of our region, the sales could have progressed to exchange and completion.
We advise that all of our clients acquire an environmental report so that the Oscar James teams can discuss appropriate conveyancing options with buyers to limit the risk of sales falling apart further along in the process.
Oscar James are proud to deliver service excellence at every stage of your move.
Instruct a Conveyancer
Oscar James have teamed up with Key Conveyancing, one of the area’s top conveyancing firms where we have our own team of dedicated in-house qualified property lawyers who solely act on our transactions.
Based in our Market Harborough office the property lawyers are in the same building as our sales progressors and mortgage administrators ensuring a perfect line of communication to get your transaction exchanged as swiftly as possible. Using our conveyancing team in conjunction with our in house financial services can put you on the fast track to a swift, hassle free move.