What are enquiries?

Property sales and purchases are taking longer because the market is so busy right now. One of the elements which can take a while is the “enquiries” stage. Let our short video demystify this part of the process for you: What are conveyancing enquires and how do they fit into the home moving process? Conveyancing…

Moving Home During Lockdown 2.0

On Saturday 31st October 2020 it was announced that England would go into its second lockdown since the COVID-19 pandemic began. With the announcement dealing a second blow to many sectors being told to close their doors for another four weeks, at minimum, the housing market was left wondering where it stood. Luckily it wasn’t…

Explaining exchange and completion

To claim the SDLT exemption, you need to complete by 31 March, but what do the terms “completion” and “exchange” actually mean? At any point up to exchange of contracts, the agreement to buy or sell a property is not legally binding. This means the seller or buyer can withdraw from the transaction at any…

The £5,000 green homes voucher explained

As part of the government’s ‘mini-budget’ back in July, it announced that it was offing £2bn to households in England to make energy-saving improvements as part of its ‘Green Homes Grant’. The scheme, which officially launched at the end of September, could mean households receive up to £5,000 in vouchers towards their energy-saving improvements. Yet,…

Moving home – what are the current guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues the UK has been through many changes since the initial lockdown was imposed at the end of March. This may leave you wondering what the current rules are on buying/selling a property, including visiting estate agents, house viewings and instructing tradespeople to quote on prospective work. Here, we have pulled…

Q3 2020 Housing Analysis

After a tale of two halves in Q2 2020, the property market continued to defy the odds and grow furthermore in Q3. One big factor that helped generate a surge of interest from buyers was the stamp duty holiday announcement which fell at the very beginning of the quarter on July 8th. Since then, without…

Holiday let versus buy-to-let – what’s the difference?

Looking to invest in an additional property but unsure on the difference between a holiday let (short let) versus buy-to-let? A second property can yield a good financial return but both have pros and cons. Here we breakdown what the difference is and things to consider when going down either route. Holiday Let Typically associated…

The pros and cons of moving to the countryside

An outcome of COVID-19 has been a reported surge in house buyers wanting to move to a rural, countryside location. Clearly, there are benefits to moving to a countryside location including more open space, fresh unpolluted air, and sometimes, depending on the location, you can get more bang for your buck. However, swapping the hustle…

The difference between fixtures and fittings (chattels)

Sometimes it’s the simple things that cause the most confusion and we understand that not everything in the conveyancing world is black and white. Therefore, we hope this guide helps to differentiate between what exactly are fixtures and fittings when you, the vendor, have to fill out this particular form with all the initial paperwork…