Move Ready – Fast Track Your Conveyancing2022-06-20T08:27:47+00:00

Instruct Attwells before putting your property onto the market

Move Ready is an exclusive service from Attwells Solicitors. This new approach to conveyancing allows homeowners to sell their homes faster by up -fronting most of the conveyancing legal paperwork free of charge, provided you instruct Attwells to do the conveyancing. You must instruct Attwells’ Move Ready service before or at the same time as you go to market with an estate agent.

The benefits to Move Ready are that the following legal requirements will be completed prior to an offer being made:

  • Ownership documents

  • Planning, building regulations and guarantees

  • The usual enquiries of the seller

  • Replies to the anticipated enquiries of a buyer

  • Searches of all the relevant authorities

By providing all the upfront information on your property you are reducing the risk of the sale falling through by 50%.

Colchester
Ipswich
London

Attwells Solicitors, offer fast track, fixed fee conveyancing in Suffolk, Essex & London

“Before you begin to think about putting your property on the market, you should spend some time getting your paperwork together and making your home sale ready”

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government , How to Sell a Home

“Get your solicitor to pre-prepare a contract, so when you agree a deal, it can go out. Have the paperwork and deeds ready to go.”

Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp, Guide for buyers and sellers

“We decided to use Attwells following a personal recommendation and, in turn, have been very pleased with the service we have received ourselves. The original quotation was clear and competitive and Lisa Nyland has been swift and clear in all correspondence at what is a very busy time. We would not hesitate to use their conveyancing services again in any future transactions.”

Ben Lane, Move Ready Customer

Be Move Ready with Attwells

Many of the traditional solicitors will not consider this method due to the up-front costs they incur. But Attwells believe it’s important to get the country moving again. Therefore, we are willing to begin working on your conveyancing straightaway at no extra cost.

Be Move Ready – please click the link below.

If you are happy with our quote you can proceed by filling in your details and paying a small sum to complete our identification checks, which will be deducted from your conveyancing costs.

Colchester
Ipswich
London

Move Ready FAQs

What happens if I change my estate agent?2022-02-02T12:28:33+00:00

What happens if I change my estate agent?

If you decide to change your agent during the selling of your house, your Move Ready pack will simply move too so don’t worry. Simply let your conveyancer know via email or over the phone.

How long does a property take to sell?

The average time in the UK  is 44 days according to Hometrack, however, this changes depending on the type of property you are selling. For example, an apartment may that longer (on average 62 days) whereas a house is 42 days.

What happens if I change my estate agent – The Property Pod

If you are interested in ways of selling your property faster our guests on our podcast offer some good advice. These can be found on Spotify or Apple. You can also watch the podcast recording on YouTube.

Moving home tips

If you’re never moved before this blog is for you! Our moving home tips blog is packed full of useful information and ideas. Perfect for first-time buyers moving house. We discuss all the moving home stages from a practical point of view starting with giving notice if you live in a rented property.

Give notice to your landlord: It is always worth giving as much notice as possible to your landlord – but the actual notice requirement will depend on your rental agreement. An average completion takes 8 weeks with Attwells Solicitors but your conveyancer will be able to offer you more advice regarding moving dates as this depends on the chain you are in.

When do I start packing? Once contracts are signed, you will then arrange a moving date.

Once you have a moving date you will need to confirm notice with your landlord if you are renting. This would be an ideal time to book time off work, book a removal service or ask friends if they are available to help you. You may also wish to arrange childcare or a place for your pet/pets to stay.

If you decide to use a removal company then check whether they offer additional services such as insurance and storage. Make sure that the removal company belongs to the British Association of removers and book your van at least 3 weeks prior to your moving date.

If you are moving now is a good time to start collecting boxes, your local supermarket or local shop may be able to supply you with some. We would recommend you start packing decorative, out of season, and other items you rarely use.

Make sure you label the boxes and keep your Fixtures Fittings and Contents Form to hand. You would have completed this form prior to signing your contract, therefore you are contract bound to leave the items agreed upon in this form.

Move your broadband and television? Nowadays most people don’t have a home telephone. However, you will have a landline if you have broadband. Depending on where you are moving to you may not need to change your broadband provider. We would recommend you call your broadband provider up as early as possible to discuss your options. BT requires at least 2 weeks’ notice and may have to install a new line.

Depending on demand some TV and entertainment platform providers may require some notice to book an engineer’s visit. Also, explore if the current provider operates at your new address.

Both Sky and Virgin will require your moving date and new address to check coverage. You may also be asked to clear your outstanding balance. Sky charge an up-front one-off payment of £35 for installing your Sky TV on a weekday, a weekend is slightly more costing £50. It’s also worth noting they charge for missing your appointment, canceling or rescheduling on the day too. This is £25 and will be added to your next bill.

Virgin Media charges a £20 movers fee to transfer your service to your new address.

How long will Move Ready take off the conveyancing if I am in a chain?2022-02-02T12:31:21+00:00

How long will it take off the conveyancing if I am in a chain?

How long will it take off the conveyancing if I am in a chain? When you are in a chain of transactions, i.e., you are either buying on or your buyers have a property that they are selling, the exchange can only take place once all parties are ready to go ahead. Your property sale may be ready before the other links in the chain, but no guarantee can be given as to how quickly everyone else will be ready. However, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that your property is ‘move ready’ and that your sale will not have any hiccups or delays.

What is the timescale for buying a property?

What is the timescale for buying a property? Whilst there may be unavoidable delays, we pride ourselves on transaction times that are four times faster than the national average:

Week 1 to 2:  Instruct Attwells, pay money on the account, and provide evidence of your cash funds. You should instruct your mortgage valuation and survey.

Week 3: Attwells will undertake searches of the local utilities and authorities. Attwells will receive a draft contract and ownership information from the buyer’s solicitors.

Week 3 to 6: Attwells reviews and approves the contract. We will also review the ownership information and raise enquiries with the seller and receive satisfactory replies. Attwells receives results of all searches of the statutory authorities.

Week 7 to 8: Attwells send reports on the property, contract, and mortgage and obtain confirmation of how you will own the property. Attwells will send you documents to sign and require a 10% deposit to be paid.

Week 9 to 11: The moving date is agreed. All documents and the deposit are received from you. The contract is now exchanged – the purchase is now binding.

Week 12: You now have a guaranteed moving date. You can make arrangements and start packing. You will need to sign the completion documents. You will receive from Attwells a statement as to the money required to complete. This must be transferred in good time for completion.

Please note: Attwells Solicitors have produced this timescale as a guide only. Your transaction may take longer depending on your circumstances. A leasehold may take 4 plus weeks longer.

Move home faster with our 5 top tips

Buying or selling a home is often considered to be stressful for many people, but at Attwells our refreshing, streamlined and transparent approach to conveyancing will take the strain out of the legal side of things…and that’s just the beginning of what we offer our clients. Below we set out the things you can do to move home faster.

How long will it take off the conveyancing if I am in a chain? – Quick completions

When conveyancing is slow, exchange dates often have to be pushed back, resulting in increased costs, anxiety, and inconvenience for both buyers and sellers.

At Attwells, our customer-focused approach is all about getting those keys exchanged without delay and cutting down wait times as much as possible. By making sure your transaction is a priority from the moment you instruct us, we can complete it several times faster than the national average meaning that you can move home faster. That being said, there are also things you can do to ensure that your move is as smooth as possible.

5 ways you can move home faster

1: Get off to a flying start – Using our online conveyancing calculator means that you can get an instant quote 24/7; including a breakdown of costs involved in your purchase or sale, such as legal fees, HMRC stamp duty, and HM land registry fees.

Our fixed fee package comes with no surprises, and in most cases, costs are payable on completion.

2: Order time-consuming items – The earlier you can start to organise paperwork such as a management pack, searches, and redemption calculations the quicker the process will be.

3: Be proactive By staying on top of the process and pre-empting the next stage you can prepare documents and information in advance.

4: Use the telephone and not email – It’s good to talk! And picking up the phone for a conversation is much quicker and more effective than waiting for your email to reach the top of a busy inbox.

5: Communication is key – It’s in your estate agent’s best interest to see your transaction progress. Build relationships with your agent and use them to assist and chase also.

If you follow our tips and ensure that you enlist the best possible legal support, you may be able to move home faster.

You can receive a quote online or you can speak to our enquiries team by calling 01473 229 200 today.

What do you need me to do to get move ready?2022-02-03T15:12:41+00:00

What do you need me to do to get move ready?

As the seller of the property, we would need you to complete a property information form and provide us with any paperwork that you have in relation to the property such as guarantees, planning permissions, etc.

Once completed your legal pack will be valid and capable of being used for 6 months. After 6 months the local authority search would be out of date and not acceptable to a buyer’s mortgage company.

What do you need me to do to get move ready – Check your mortgage affordability

You should check a mortgage calculator to obtain some figures. Should you be obtaining benefits then this does not necessarily stop you from obtaining a mortgage. The lender’s biggest concern is your ability to make the monthly payments and most mainstream lenders will take benefits into account in the application process. There are many different benefits that are considered by lenders some examples of which are: carer’s allowance, child benefit, child tax credit, and working tax credit.

The easiest way to find a lender who will take your benefits into account is to work with a mortgage adviser. These professionals have a detailed knowledge of lenders’ individual eligibility criteria and will be able to point you towards the best lender that’s willing to work with you. There are also several specialist lenders and flexible mortgage products that are a good fit for single parents.

What do you need me to do to get move ready – Buying your home as a couple?

Should this be a new adventure and you are purchasing with a partner and obtaining a joint mortgage then you may also wish to consider a Declaration of Ownership which sets out if the property is to be held in particular shares and can also contain information as to how funds have been contributed and therefore how they would be distributed should the property need to be sold.

You will also need to decide how you are going to own the property.  The norm for a married couple is as joint tenants which means that in the event of death the property automatically rests with the surviving party.  The other option is as tenants in common.  This means that you can hold the property in different shares, the property does not automatically pass to the surviving party and runs in accordance with your Will.

Should you own the property on your own and become married and wish your partner to be on the title to the property then you can do what is known as a transfer of equity.  If you have a mortgage on the property, then you will need the consent of the lender to add them as they will also become liable for that mortgage.  The lender may also wish to change the terms of the mortgage when issuing their consent.

You may also want to consider writing/changing your Will accordingly.  If you already hold a Will and children are born into the relationship then you may want to consider appointing guardians for your children should anything happen to you or your partner before they are 18.  Similarly, if you do not already hold a Will then this is a good reason to make one.  You can also determine what happens with your share of the property.

Moving to a new house can be a stressful process. 9-in-10 parents (87%) find moving stressful, with 1-in-5 revealing the single biggest worry with moving was entertaining or looking after their children.

How long is the Move Ready pack valid for?2022-02-03T14:39:47+00:00

How long is the pack valid for?

Once completed your pack will be valid and capable of being used for 6 months. After 6 months the local authority search would be out of date and not acceptable to a buyer’s mortgage company.

How long is the pack valid for – Become Move Ready

Move Ready is an exclusive service from Attwells Solicitors. This new approach to conveyancing allows homeowners to sell their homes faster by up -fronting most of the conveyancing legal paperwork free of charge, provided you instruct Attwells to do the conveyancing. You must instruct Attwells’ Move Ready service before or at the same time as you go to market with an estate agent.

The benefits to Move Ready are that the following legal requirements will be completed prior to an offer being made:

  • Ownership documents
  • Planning, building regulations and guarantees
  • The usual enquiries of the seller
  • Replies to the anticipated enquiries of a buyer
  • Searches of all the relevant authorities

By providing all the upfront information on your property you are reducing the risk of the sale falling through by 50%.

How long is the pack valid for – Be Move Ready with Attwells

Many of the traditional solicitors will not consider this method due to the up-front costs they incur. But Attwells believe it’s important to get the country moving again. Therefore, we are willing to begin working on your conveyancing straightaway at no extra cost.

If you are happy with our quote you can proceed by filling in your details and paying a small sum to complete our identification checks, which will be deducted from your conveyancing costs.

How long does it take to get my pack ready?2022-02-03T15:07:40+00:00

On average it will take 2–3 weeks to get your pack fully ready, as this is the time that it usually takes for the local authority to compile and return your official local authority search.

Become Move Ready

Move Ready is an exclusive service from Attwells Solicitors. This new approach to conveyancing allows homeowners to sell their homes faster by up -fronting most of the conveyancing legal paperwork free of charge, provided you instruct Attwells to do the conveyancing. You must instruct Attwells’ Move Ready service before or at the same time as you go to market with an estate agent.

The benefits to Move Ready are that the following legal requirements will be completed prior to an offer being made:

  • Ownership documents
  • Planning, building regulations and guarantees
  • The usual enquiries of the seller
  • Replies to the anticipated enquiries of a buyer
  • Searches of all the relevant authorities

By providing all the upfront information on your property you are reducing the risk of the sale falling through by 50%.

How long does it take to get my pack ready – Buying at Auction

Attwells’ auction property team has experts based in each of its offices. We recommend you obtain legal advice prior to committing to a purchase. This will allow time for the contents of an auction legal pack to be reviewed.

Our lawyers can provide you with a fixed fee to review an urgent auction pack, in addition to identifying the risks for you. We pride ourselves on being able to offer clients a 48-72-hour turnaround from the point of receipt of your legal pack.

We recommend you obtain legal advice prior to committing to a purchase. This will allow time for the contents of an auction legal pack to be reviewed.

Reviewing the legal pack: An auction purchase is legally binding and you only have a small window of opportunity to arrange your mortgage funding (after the auction you are required to complete 28 days later). If there are any problems with the property, this can hold up the release of funds or prevent you from getting a mortgage.

Even if you have access to an auction legal pack there may be important information missing. Attwells can check your auction legal pack and identify anything that might have been left out. You also need to be aware of any special conditions such as specified completion timings, additional fees, etc and we can help with this.

Is the pack really free?2022-02-03T15:15:06+00:00

Is the pack really free?

Subject to our Terms and Conditions and you using our conveyancing services your pack will not require any upfront fees from you other than our standard £50 on account to enable us to undertake our anti-money laundering (AML) searches and is FREE for an initial six-month period. You will only have to pay for your pack if your property does not sell within six months or you decide to withdraw from the market and stay in your current property.

Is the pack really free – What do you need me to do to get move ready?

As the seller of the property, we would need you to complete a property information form and provide us with any paperwork that you have in relation to the property such as guarantees, planning permissions, etc.

Once completed your legal pack will be valid and capable of being used for 6 months. After 6 months the local authority search would be out of date and not acceptable to a buyer’s mortgage company.

Check your mortgage affordability

You should check a mortgage calculator to obtain some figures. Should you be obtaining benefits then this does not necessarily stop you from obtaining a mortgage. The lender’s biggest concern is your ability to make the monthly payments and most mainstream lenders will take benefits into account in the application process. There are many different benefits that are considered by lenders some examples of which are: carer’s allowance, child benefit, child tax credit, and working tax credit.

The easiest way to find a lender who will take your benefits into account is to work with a mortgage adviser. These professionals have a detailed knowledge of lenders’ individual eligibility criteria and will be able to point you towards the best lender that’s willing to work with you. There are also several specialist lenders and flexible mortgage products that are a good fit for single parents.

Buying your home as a couple?

Should this be a new adventure and you are purchasing with a partner and obtaining a joint mortgage then you may also wish to consider a Declaration of Ownership which sets out if the property is to be held in particular shares and can also contain information as to how funds have been contributed and therefore how they would be distributed should the property need to be sold.

You will also need to decide how you are going to own the property.  The norm for a married couple is as joint tenants which means that in the event of death the property automatically rests with the surviving party.  The other option is as tenants in common.  This means that you can hold the property in different shares, the property does not automatically pass to the surviving party and runs in accordance with your Will.

Should you own the property on your own and become married and wish your partner to be on the title to the property then you can do what is known as a transfer of equity.  If you have a mortgage on the property, then you will need the consent of the lender to add them as they will also become liable for that mortgage.  The lender may also wish to change the terms of the mortgage when issuing their consent.

You may also want to consider writing/changing your Will accordingly.  If you already hold a Will and children are born into the relationship then you may want to consider appointing guardians for your children should anything happen to you or your partner before they are 18.  Similarly, if you do not already hold a Will then this is a good reason to make one.  You can also determine what happens with your share of the property.

Moving to a new house can be a stressful process. 9-in-10 parents (87%) find moving stressful, with 1-in-5 revealing the single biggest worry with moving was entertaining or looking after their children.

Is this not just a HIP?2022-04-12T08:19:08+00:00

Is this not just a HIP?

This is not a HIP. The pack will contain official searches whereas a HIP had personal searches which are not acceptable to all lenders or solicitors so these will not need to be re-done by the buyer’s solicitors. The pack is being prepared by a lawyer, not an IT platform so all of the information will have been checked and qualified by a lawyer. So, the information that is being provided is meaningful and allows for your sale to proceed with speed.

Move Ready is an exclusive service from Attwells Solicitors. This new approach to conveyancing allows homeowners to sell their homes faster by up -fronting most of the conveyancing legal paperwork free of charge, provided you instruct Attwells to do the conveyancing. You must instruct Attwells’ Move Ready service before or at the same time as you go to market with an estate agent.

The benefits to Move Ready are that the following legal requirements will be completed prior to an offer being made:

  • Ownership documents
  • Planning, building regulations, and guarantees
  • The usual enquiries of the seller
  • Replies to the anticipated enquiries of a buyer
  • Searches of all the relevant authorities

By providing all the upfront information on your property you are reducing the risk of the sale falling through by 50%

5 ways you can move home faster

1: Get off to a flying start – Using our online conveyancing calculator means that you can get an instant quote 24/7; including a breakdown of costs involved in your purchase or sale, such as legal fees, HMRC stamp duty, and HM land registry fees.

Our fixed fee package comes with no surprises, and in most cases, costs are payable on completion.

2: Order time-consuming items – The earlier you can start to organise paperwork such as a management pack, searches, and redemption calculations the quicker the process will be.

3: Be proactive By staying on top of the process and pre-empting the next stage you can prepare documents and information in advance.

4: Use the telephone and not email – It’s good to talk! And picking up the phone for a conversation is much quicker and more effective than waiting for your email to reach the top of a busy inbox.

5: Communication is key – It’s in your estate agent’s best interest to see your transaction progress. Build relationships with your agent and use them to assist and chase also.

If you follow our tips and ensure that you enlist the best possible legal support, you may be able to move home faster.

You can receive a quote online or you can speak to our enquiries team by calling 01473 229 200 today.

Will everyone now be doing this?2022-02-03T15:40:56+00:00

Will everyone now be doing this?

This is strongly endorsed by the Government and their advice is:

“Before you begin to think about putting your property on the market you should spend some time getting your paperwork together and making your property sale ready”

This will soon become the norm, so why not let us do this for you for free so that you can save time, money, and stress.

“Get your solicitor to pre-prepare a contract, so when you agree a deal, it can go out. Have the paperwork and deeds ready to go.” Phil Spencer and Kirstie AllsoppGuide for buyers and sellers.

“We decided to use Attwells following a personal recommendation and, in turn, have been very pleased with the service we have received ourselves. The original quotation was clear and competitive and Lisa Nyland has been swift and clear in all correspondence at what is a very busy time. We would not hesitate to use their conveyancing services again in any future transactions.” – Ben Lane, Move Ready Customer

Will everyone now be doing this – Is this not just a HIP?

This is not a HIP. The pack will contain official searches whereas a HIP had personal searches which are not acceptable to all lenders or solicitors so these will not need to be re-done by the buyer’s solicitors. The pack is being prepared by a lawyer, not an IT platform so all of the information will have been checked and qualified by a lawyer. So, the information that is being provided is meaningful and allows for your sale to proceed with speed.

Why do I need my sale to happen that quickly?2022-02-03T15:48:45+00:00

Why do I need my sale to happen that quickly?

The average length of a sale from offer accepted to completion is 5 months and getting longer.

There is a 35% chance of the sale collapsing in the first 3 weeks. Giving your buyers all of the information that they need upfront means this is less likely to be the case.

The average cost of a failed property sale is £2,700 – let us help you prevent that loss.

Providing all the upfront information on your property reduces the risk of your sale falling through by 50% – that’s huge!

What are the timescales for exchange and completion once I return my documents to you?

What are the timescales for exchange and completion once I return my documents to you? An approximate timescale is eight to ten weeks however each conveyancing transaction is different and it is not possible to give a more detailed timescale at this stage. We will deal with your work as quickly as possible however the transaction can really only progress as quickly as the slowest party in the chain. Your appointed conveyancer will be able to discuss this with you in more detail and will keep you updated on progress as the transaction progresses.

5 ways you can move home faster

1: Get off to a flying start – Using our online conveyancing calculator means that you can get an instant quote 24/7; including a breakdown of costs involved in your purchase or sale, such as legal fees, HMRC stamp duty, and HM land registry fees.

Our fixed fee package comes with no surprises, and in most cases, costs are payable on completion.

2: Order time-consuming items – The earlier you can start to organise paperwork such as a management pack, searches, and redemption calculations the quicker the process will be.

3: Be proactive By staying on top of the process and pre-empting the next stage you can prepare documents and information in advance.

4: Use the telephone and not email – It’s good to talk! And picking up the phone for a conversation is much quicker and more effective than waiting for your email to reach the top of a busy inbox.

5: Communication is key – It’s in your estate agent’s best interest to see your transaction progress. Build relationships with your agent and use them to assist and chase also.

If you follow our tips and ensure that you enlist the best possible legal support, you may be able to move home faster.

Why would my buyer be able to exchange that quickly?2022-02-03T16:32:16+00:00

Why would my buyer be able to exchange that quickly?

As we will have undertaken all the required searches and carried out a thorough review of the results and your title and will provide our findings in advance to the buyer’s solicitors, their title investigation will therefore take them less time as we will have pre-empted and solved any potential issues.

For example, if there are planning permissions needed that are revealed in the searches, we will obtain these and include them in your Move Ready pack.

If there are title defects, we will have already obtained an insurance policy to cover the risk and solve the issue.

At what point are we legally committed to the sale?

Once contracts are exchanged, you’re legally committed to the sale.

Before you sign on the dotted line, make sure you’re committed. If you decide to pull out after exchanging, you will be in breach of that contract and may have to pay penalty costs.

What are the timescales for exchange and completion once I return my documents to you?

What are the timescales for exchange and completion once I return my documents to you? An approximate timescale is eight to ten weeks however each conveyancing transaction is different and it is not possible to give a more detailed timescale at this stage. We will deal with your work as quickly as possible however the transaction can really only progress as quickly as the slowest party in the chain. Your appointed conveyancer will be able to discuss this with you in more detail and will keep you updated on progress as the transaction progresses.

Colchester
Ipswich
London

Our Conveyancers

All our conveyancers are fully trained and supported by property solicitors. Our focus is on client care and jargon-free law. This is measured by our Feefo reviews. We use tags to allow us to review the performance of individual conveyancers, ensuring the best possible service.

Share Your Experience

The best form of marketing is word of mouth therefore, we encourage our clients to share their experience with Attwells.

We would be delighted if you could share posts on social media relating to other services, plus recommend friends and family. Every person you recommend will receive a 10% discount.

After you’ve moved you will have the opportunity to complete a Feefo review. We use this feedback back to improve our service and to reward our conveyancers.

Colchester
Ipswich
London

What is in the Move Ready pack?

Conveyancing Articles

We have taken the time to explain different parts of the conveyancing process and to offer practical advice. A lot of our articles have been written based on the personal experience of our team of property solicitors and clients. We hope you find the information useful. If you have any idea for an article, please speak to your conveyancing who will pass on your request.

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