Buying a home normally takes 2 to 3 months. The process can take longer if you’re part of a chain of buyers and sellers.


There are several steps you’ll need to follow:


  • sellers must provide an Energy Performance Certificate for the property
  • if a seller is using our estate agency all the potential buyers must make any offers through the agent
  • once a buyer’s offer has been accepted, the seller’s responsible for drawing up a legal contract to transfer ownership
  • an offer isn’t legally binding until contracts are exchanged
  • depending on the amount given for property, the buyer may have to pay Stamp Duty Land Tax


This guide relates to England and Wales.



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