Reserving your home
You’ve found it! It’s exactly what you want. But before you start telling all your friends and family, remember to tell us first so that we can take it off the market. We’ll freeze the price, and ask you to pay a reservation fee, which we’ll deduct from the purchase price.
You’ll need a solicitor
Soon after that, we’ll exchange contracts (in England) or conclude missives (in Scotland). That’s when you pay the deposit. At this stage, you should have a solicitor acting for you. If you don’t already have one, ask for recommendations from your friends or ask your Sales Adviser. Make sure that the one you choose is approved by the Law Society, and ask for a written estimate of all their fees, including conveyancing, searches, land registry fees, stamp duty and VAT, before you engage them. This is normal practice.
Before you move into your new home, we’ll finish building it. Obviously.
The further on we are in the process, the more accurately we’ll be able to give you a firm completion date, but even if we’ve only just started work we can tell you to within two months when you’ll be able to move in.
Then, as the work progresses, we arrange a series of meetings to keep you informed. Just before we plaster the walls, we invite you over to show you where the wiring and pipework is before we hide it all. At that stage, we’ll confirm the month of completion. When we start painting, we’ll be able to narrow it down to a week provided that the gas, electricity and water are connected on schedule (that’s out of our control, unfortunately).
When the painting’s finished, we’ll get in touch with a final date and arrange for full legal transfer of ownership as soon as is practical after that. But even once the house is yours, we’ll still be on hand if you need us for anything.