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Avoid the conveyancing log jam this Christmas

We all know that summer is usually the busiest time to move home. Any move can have certain time constraints attached. Often its about getting a place at a school that can determine the location of a move and the need to get in by a certain date like the start of the school year or even Christmas.

But in June Rightmove reported on a conveyancing ‘log jam.’ Not something you hear all the time, but with more than 500,000 homes currently ‘sold subject to contract’ that’s 44% higher than this time in 2019, it’s easy to see why a ‘log jam’ could start to become a concern for many planning a move.

So, what’s a conveyancing ‘log jam?’ It’s been reported that it’s taking an average of 150 days to get through conveyancing at the moment. So those of us that have put off moving up until now must start to consider options if a move is going to take place to be in by Christmas.

Of course, it’s still June, but thoughts must start to consider the possibility of missing out on that perfect new home for Christmas unless preparations start now and beat the log jam.

Winter moves can be far different to those at the height of summer. For starters, it can be dark by 3.30pm every day and the weather can play a bigger part in your preparations than at any other time of the year.

Here are some simple things to consider if you are going to get your house move in before we say hello to 2023:

  • Start thinking today that a Christmas move starts now!
  • Remember that many firms close for an extended period over Christmas and New Year which can add to conveyancing delays.
  • Moving companies may need a longer lead time for the Christmas period so plan for this.
  • Consider the weather and plan to wrap your belongings in case of rain or snow.
  • Cover your floors to protect from mud and water – it’s easy to forget about this sort of detail but wooden floors and carpets can get ruined during a move.
  • Look after the kids – a cold weather move, especially over a long distance can mean factoring in toilet stops and there’s a need to make sure everyone is dressed warmly.
  • Plan to make sure utilities are turned on to ensure you can be warm when you arrive.
  • Check your car to make sure all is in good order, especially de-icer and screen wash.

So, the countdown really does start now! July means you have exactly five months to get the ball rolling before December is upon us.

The first step is to get a valuation. It’s something you can do with us online or we can arrange a visit. Either way, understanding the value of your home will certainly get you started.

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Emre OvacıkEmre Ovacık
08:38 01 Sep 23
Very responsive, informative and always kind people. We didn't have much time, but they helped us with creating some time in their agenda and squeezing us in. We rented our place just in time, thanks to them.
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12:21 22 Feb 23
Parkgate has been my agent of choice for a number of years now and has secured good tenants for my properties. They are hard working, respond in a timely manner and best of all are always friendly rather than aggressive or overbearing, which is the case with many of their competitors.
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15:01 02 Feb 23
Excellent service throughout.We rented a property that they manage for 4 years.Parkgate team is very professional and approachable. Way better than dealing with a big agency, they offer a more personal approach, always available and willing to solve any issues.From the tenancy agreement to handing the property back, it has been a real pleasure working with them.
Catherine BrownCatherine Brown
12:16 30 Aug 22
I have had an eight year relationship with Parkgate, in fact they originally sold my flat to me 12 years ago in Putney. Their service and professionalism is unrivalled. They managed the leasing of my flat from 2014 and assisted me to negotiate the successful sale just now in 2022. Chris has been there throughout with an open door and no request too trivial to assist. Klaudia negotiated my sale and worked with amazing tenacity throughout. I would not hesitate to recommend Parkgate to anyone in the Putney/Richmond area, they know their stuff.
Ali ChampkinsAli Champkins
10:16 31 Jan 22
We have had a wonderful experience with Parkgate and would highly recommend them. Chris was brilliant on the valuation - what we liked is he was totally honest about our chances of selling and gave us the positives and negatives about our property (such as facing a council estate!). Other agents tend to just gush over the good bits which is great, but actually not that helpful.The selling process was great - we were given good feedback from the viewings and got the price we wanted within about 8 weeks.We really have nothing but praise for Klaudia and Chris, it's been really enjoyable, easy and stress free and we will be recommending Parkgate to all our friends in the area and our building.***** Thank you! *****