Diary of A Highstreet Conveyancer – Tuesday April 8


These few days before the Easter break tend to be really busy – I would guess that the Thursday before Easter is the third busiest day of the year for people moving house after the days before Christmas and August Bank Holiday.

Would you be surprised to learn that I have no one moving on Thursday? It is weird.

There is the excitement of the day when people move – what better feeling is there, as a conveyancer, than calling the client and telling them the good news that they have completed and the next call they will get should be from the estate agent telling them that they can pick up the keys. And when you have a really busy day, it is like a race to get them all completed quickly and deal with the queries about keys and removal companies.

When you have three or four (and perhaps even more) people moving, it is a race against time to make sure that legal completion has happened by the time in the contract. Sometimes, if I have a busy day for completions, I will guess who will move first, which ones will prove problematic and which ones will be easy. So much of it does depend on the person acting for the other party; and how quickly money moves around.

I always make sure that my clients are well informed as to what is going to happen on completion and what they should expect, but we all know that there are those sellers who ‘forget’ to empty the loft or leave rubbish. One of the funniest ones I had was the part exchange of my client’s house with a new build. The client received the phone call at lunchtime to say that he could pick up the keys to his new house, and must have been so excited about it that he just left his house, and later in the day, I received a phone call from the part exchange agent to ask me if I knew that my client had had cheese on toast for lunch. How did he know this? because in his excitement, my client had left half a slice on the plate and just headed off in the van. The joys of moving day!

I love deadlines – I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by

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