Moving house? Prepare for the spring now

11 January, 2018

Putting your house on the market in the spring? Then be the early bird and instruct your solicitor now to ensure all the paperwork is in place, that any avoidable issues have been ironed out and your own questions are answered.

Missing documents – commonly planning consents and building regulation certification – regularly cause problems. Explain to your solicitor what works your property has had done so any gaps in the paperwork can be identified and, hopefully, dealt with.

Boundary problems are another common issue that are all too often not identified until too late. Check title plans against what is on the ground and discuss any discrepancies with your solicitor.

If you’re selling a flat, ask your solicitor to check the lease to see what conditions, if any, you have to comply with in order to sell. How long is the lease – will it be acceptable in today’s market?

Moving home is expensive. First time buyers will be grateful for the relief from Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) announced in the November Budget. To find out if you are able to benefit from that relief, talk to your solicitor. Might you have to pay the SDLT surcharge? That could have a significant financial impact on your plans. Again, speaking early on to someone who understands this complex tax will help you plan the financial aspects of your move and could even save you money.

The days may be short and your house and garden suffering the savages of winter, but it’s not too early to start planning for the spring.

For more information contact Fiona McIntosh on 01892 506 126 or email at

This article first appeared in the Kent and Sussex Wealden Times, January 2018.