Completing on a property transaction

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North Devon conveyancing solicitor, louise Langabeer, looks at what is involved when completing on a property transaction

When you are moving home the focus throughout is on the day the transaction will be completed. Completion day is the day when the sale and purchase of a property reaches its conclusion, with the new owner receiving the keys to their new home.
‘Completion’ involves a number of important legal principles which buyers and sellers need to be aware of.

1. Fixing the date of completion

The completion date is fixed when contracts are exchanged. This generally involves everyone in the chain completing on the same day. Once contracts have been exchanged there is no turning back.

2. Handing over the keys

When completion has taken place between the solicitors, the keys can be handed over to the purchaser. This is often done through the estate agent.
If you are selling, then all the items you agreed to include in the sale must be left in the property on completion day. All other items, including rubbish, must be cleared from the property, garage and garden.

3. Paying your mortgage

Sellers must continue making payments on their current mortgage and any other loans secured on the property until completion day.
All mortgages and loans secured on the property you are selling must be paid off on completion day. This is generally done by your solicitor.

4. Making arrangements with a removal company

We recommend that you do not confirm the completion date with your removal company until contracts have been exchanged. Remember that the date set for completion can change at any point up until exchange of contracts.

5. The gap between exchange and completion

The shorter the time between exchange and completion, the greater the risk of you suffering inconvenience and wasted costs if your preferred date is not achieved. A gap of 14 days between exchange and completion is the most common.

6. Leaving the property in good condition

When selling, you must leave the property for the new owners in the same condition as when you agreed the sale, making good any damage caused by moving out.

7. The proceeds of sale

On completion your solicitor will pay to you any net sale proceeds that are due.

How we can help

If you would like to speak to North Devon conveyancing solicitor, Louise Langabeer, about buying or selling your home then you can give her a call on 01271 372128 or send an email to her at [email protected]

Lee Dawkins

Lee Dawkins

Over the past 30 years Lee has overseen the expansion of the firm’s litigation department. He developed our personal injury and clinical negligence teams, creating various niche areas that now enjoy a national profile. He pioneered contentious probate, setting up one of the UK's leading inheritance dispute teams and established Slee Blackwell as a force within claimant professional negligence. He now works as the firm's marketing partner.
Lee Dawkins

Lee Dawkins

Over the past 30 years Lee has overseen the expansion of the firm’s litigation department. He developed our personal injury and clinical negligence teams, creating various niche areas that now enjoy a national profile. He pioneered contentious probate, setting up one of the UK's leading inheritance dispute teams and established Slee Blackwell as a force within claimant professional negligence. He now works as the firm's marketing partner.

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