Make sure that you check and read through all documentation carefully - don't be afraid to ask your conveyancer about anything you're unsure of.
To prevent delays, return all documentation as soon as possible and respond as quick as you can.
If you are buying with a mortgage, it's best to get an agreement in place before you agree to purchase a property. Some sellers will want to see proof that you have a mortgage in place before they accept your offer.
If you have made any special arrangements or agreements with the seller or buyer i.e. over fixtures and fittings, let us know as soon as possible so these can be included in the contract.
As a buyer you should make sure that you know where all the money is going to be to pay for the purchase as it will all need to be in the same place on the day that you complete the purchase.
When selling make sure that you have copies of all planning consents and other necessary consents for buildings or structures that you may have built or erected on the property as these could be requested as part of the searches stage of the process.
If you are planning to go away on holiday or business during your conveyancing transaction, please let us know so we can make sure we have all the information we need from you before you go. This will ensure that the process completes as quickly as possible.
Make sure you can supply details of the source of any money you will be using for the transaction e.g copy Bank Statement. Under the Anti Money Laundering regulations we are under a legal obligation to check evidence of how you have acquired these funds. Any delay in providing these will slow up the overall process.
It's best not to agree completion dates personally with the seller or buyer without checking with your conveyancer that the contracts are ready to be exchanged throughout your chain. The process is too complicated to predict completion dates and this is one of the most common causes for anxiety and frustration.
Don't financially commit yourself to anything or make other arrangements until you have confirmation that contracts have been exchanged. If necessary make tentative arrangements only.
If you're a seller, don't cancel any existing mortgage payments (if any) until you have confirmation from your conveyancer that contracts are exchanged.