How to speed up the house moving process

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Now that you’ve decided to sell and move home, you’re no doubt wishing for a stress-free move?

Whilst we can’t promise that, we can give you some invaluable advice to try and speed up the process.

Getting your house in order before you even accept an offer will speed up the sale process and hopefully reduce the stress associated with selling your home.


The average property completion takes 84 days

According to statistics from the National Association of Estate Agents, the average length of time between an offer being accepted and legal contracts exchanging is 84 days!

That’s almost three months with the dreaded ‘window of uncertainty’ being wide open, sleepless nights, far too many bottles of wine and general shredding of nerves.

But why does it take so long and what can you do to speed up the process?

One of the biggest causes of delays is the “to-ing and fro-ing” between you and your solicitor and your solicitor and your buyer’s solicitors, to create and approve the Contract Pack.

So, what is in a typical Contract Pack?


The Contract Pack includes the documents you need to sell and buy a property.

A Contract Pack includes the sale contract itself, detailing the particulars of both buyers and sellers and the full property address and the Land Registry File Number.

There are also standard protocol forms produced by the Law Society which need to be completed by the sellers of the property.

These include the Fixtures and Fittings Form where you outline what is included/excluded in the sale or available by separate negotiations.

The Property Information Form, which the seller must complete to provide information on things such as boundaries, alterations/extensions, service contracts etc.

Your solicitor will also need any guarantees for improvement works you may have carried out, including things such as double glazing FENSA certificates and Building Control approval forms. If these have been lost, you will need to source copies which can take time.

Leasehold properties will also need a completed Leasehold Information Form, which gives the buyer’s solicitor details relating to the management and future maintenance of the property.

This information is provided by the Freeholder or the Freeholder’s Management Company and again, can take some time to collate.


Get ahead by getting organised

A good estate agent like Sims Williams will tell the seller what information is needed and what forms need to be completed before your property even goes on the market – so, why leave it until you have found a buyer?

Let’s face it, once a buyer has been found for your property, your immediate thoughts will naturally turn to finding and securing somewhere to move to and all the excitement that brings.

At Sims Williams, we advise clients selling their property to engage the services of a solicitor at the earliest opportunity.

By completing the various forms and instructing your solicitor to prepare a contract at the start will save time, and an awful lot of unnecessary stress.


Here’s how you could speed up the house buying process

If Sims Williams estate agents finds you a buyer on Day 1 and you have been wise enough to complete the Contract Pack in advance, your solicitor can send the Contract Pack to your buyer’s solicitors on Day 2!

This keeps the momentum of the sale going and lets your buyer know you are truly motivated to move.


How Sims Williams can help you move quickly

We keep copies of all the Law Society Forms you need in each of our branch offices – in Chichester, Arundel and Walberton.

We are always happy to obtain competitive, no obligation quotes from trusted local solicitors who will prepare your contract ready for Sims Williams to find you a buyer.


Most importantly – Sims Williams will find you a buyer quickly!

We’ve been helping our clients to sell, buy and rent their homes since 1981 and our professional team have unbeatable local knowledge and experience.

For advice on any aspect of buying, selling, renting or letting your property, please drop us a line call or visit your nearest Sims Williams office and “Let’s get moving.”

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What our clients say

Not just another Buyer!

I had nothing but a positive experience with Sims Williams. Very helpful team, always responded quickly and will go above and beyond to make sure the process is as easy and stress free as possible. Emma was amazing, totally professional but extremely friendly, giving advise and opinions that were not always related to the property. Moving from a completely different county and not always knowing who to ask or contact, Emma was always on hand to help. Emma made me feel that we were not just another buyer but someone she was interested in. Thank you.
Sam - Buyer - Jun 17th, 2021

Amazing Service

Sims Williams we had amazing service from everyone, kept us informed all the time, Especially Mel. We would highly recommend Sims Williams to Everyone.
Ian & Patsy - Vendors - Feb 4th, 2021

Excellent, very professional service.

Letting our former holiday home for the first time was a new experience. We decided to have three agents visit. David and his team stood out. Attention to our personal wishes in terms of a tenant, excellent follow up after the initial visit, good marketing and a very personal approach by the team. The letting process went smoothly. The team kept us in touch and arranged all necessary legal obligations etc. We are a week in to the let…, early days! So far, I have only praise for this agent. Thank you Sims Williams.
Nita - Landlord - Feb 14th, 2022

The lovely ladies at Sims Williams!

Tamsin, Emma, Lynne and Helena are a dream to deal with. The sale of my Arundel property was not without hitches but they kept it on course and successfully completed the sale for me. It's not the first time I have sold/purchased through Tamsin and her lovely ladies and highly recommend them. Thank you!
Sally - Vendor - Apr 6th, 2021

Literally unsurpassed, Complete service.

Right from the start of the process with the valuation and discussion about marketing right through to the presentation of the property and keeping on top of the many moving parts, which can go wrong, Sims Williams were all over it. They managed to help us sell our property at exactly the price that it was valued for in a very difficult market. They also listened to our concerns and gave us the confidence to begin at a price below that valuation, creating more interest and facilitating the eventual sale which was agreed in the week of the first viewing. The whole team are completely dedicated and the valuations are not over blind just to attract the maximum amount of clientele. We went with them because we purchased a house from the year before and they were just as professional than as they were this time. I don’t know how else to say this, but I don’t know if another agency could’ve done this job in the timeframes that we expected and got the result that we did. I would always use them wherever they operate in the area that we are buying or selling. Thanks a lot John, Julia, Robin & Susie, you’ve made our year.
Ben - Vendor - Dec 22nd, 2022

Excellent Service

I just wanted to thank you and your team for all your help and patience in dealing with the sale of Jasmine Bungalow which will hopefully complete next week. Karen and Calum especially have been excellent to deal with in the current sale which I’m sure wasn’t easy for them at times. But their help and patience made the frustrations much easier to cope with! And I also wanted to thank Michael too for his assistance, advice and patience in dealing with the first abortive sale.
Ms Rawson - Vendor - Jun 8th, 2021

A very professional service

The team at Sims Williams, Chichester afforded me a very professional service. I was looking for tenants at a difficult time of the year, but the team found and offered numerous applicants and never rushed me to choose. They thought of everything I needed including the gas and electrical safety certification. The team made the whole process as easy as it could be. I wholeheartedly recommend Sims Williams Lettings. They are very approachable, thorough professionals dedicated to providing the best service.
Ally - Landlord - Feb 7th, 2023

Always Helpful

We have been very happy with the Arundel Office who helped us consistently with the numerous problems that came up with the purchase of our wonderful new home. Particular mention needs to go to Emma for her constant endeavours to sort things out, and Tamsin waiting outside the office to hand over the keys at the eleventh hour. Thank you all.
Hilary - Buyer - Mar 23rd, 2021

Excellent Service

It took some time but the staff, especially Karen and Callum were always cheerful and keen to find us a buyer. We were never pressured into altering our asking price, nor did we get time wasters sent to view! Overall we were very happy with the service we received before and after the agreed sale and up to completion.
Richard & Chrissie Vendors - Dec 3rd, 2021

Managing tenants

We have used Sims Williams for 11 years after buying the house from them. We have always found the staff efficient, helpful and courteous. If there were any problems with the tenants these were dealt with in a professional and satisfactory manner.
Robert - Landlord - Aug 15th, 2023