4 Tips for Surviving a Housing Chain Leave a comment

It’s the dreaded C-word. As anyone who has been involved in a chain during the moving process will testify, it’s hardly an enviable place to be in. Unfortunately, millions do this – it tends to be the only option we have while moving home.

As you will have probably already accepted, there are many factors that will be outside of your control at this point. At the same time, there are a handful that you can keep on top of, and through today we’ll run through four ways that you can attempt to survive this nerve-shredding process.

Always have a Plan B

Quite often, it’s not over until the final person in the chain has exchanged (and sometimes, completed). Bearing this in mind, there are plenty of eventualities and you need to safeguard yourself against each one.

For the purposes of today let’s talk about your own accommodation. If you’re planning to leave rented accommodation, at least make sure you’ve built a few days’ worth of contingency. Or, an even better solution is to make sure you have longer-term alternative accommodation, just in case of the worst scenario.

There are also your belongings themselves. Sure, you might think nothing of getting a hotel for a few days while the chain completes, but the same cannot be said of your sofa and other items. As such, make the necessary backup arrangements with alternatives such as a storage unit.

Don’t book anything without flexible cancellation terms

This is an almightily difficult one to master, especially after a degree of planning is required in any successful move. However, whether it is the removal company or the mail redirection service, make sure that you’re protected with a sufficient cancellation policy.

The last thing you need is for things to get delayed and to be left picking up the tab for services which you never even used.

Fortunately, a lot of companies are aware that issues such as these can arise – but always read the small print.

Make sure you and your solicitor are on the same page

We’ve said this before, and we’ll say it again – communication is key in any move. The number one thing that can cause a chain to collapse is a lack of communication between buyers, sellers, estate agents, and solicitors.

At the very least, make sure you have the relevant contact details for everyone involved in the case that you need to get in touch.

From here, it’s important to make sure that your solicitor is fully up to speed with everything that is going on. Whether it’s a query about a document or a general update, they should have all of the answers to hand. While a house sale may appear to be a simple transaction, technicalities can often get in the way and throw out all sorts of delays. These delays can spell the end for some members in the chain and by its very nature, this would also result in consequences for you.

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