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Important issues to consider when moving home

With the property market in a state of uncertainty as mortgage rates keep rising, making the right choices when moving home is ever more critical.

Here, Director, Elizabeth Jennings, who heads our Residential Conveyancing Department, outlines the key issues you need to consider when embarking on a house move:


Without the money, the deal won’t happen, so make sure you shop around for the right finance. It might be appropriate to consult a mortgage broker or adviser who will be able to offer guidance on what is the best financial deal for you.

Also, make sure you have enough to cover the costs associated with a move.

Legal advice

Make sure you take on a professional who can guide you through the legal process. A conveyancing solicitor will have plenty of experience in this field and be able to carry out the legal work needed to buy a property and spot any potential pitfalls that affect the purchase.


Your lender will already have ordered a valuation to make sure the amount of the loan is covered by the property value. Once the process is underway, it is advisable to get a separate survey to assess the physical condition of the property and can give an independent valuation.


You will have to arrange building insurance for the property and it would be wise to purchase contents cover to protect your belongings.

Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

A domestic energy assessor is qualified to assess the energy efficiency of residential properties like houses and flats. They prepare reports and make recommendations for cost-effective ways to improve energy performance in buildings.

Contract exchange and completion

Once contracts have been exchanged and the completion date is set, it’s time to book a removal firm and start thinking about setting up those household bills for your new place.

At Mander Hadley, we are here to help you every step of the way and to help you get started we offer a free instant quote facility.

Our friendly and professional conveyancing team are renowned for the first-class service they provide to buyers and sellers.

We are proud of our five-star Google reviews for our conveyancing service including a recent comment by a client who wrote:

A big thank you to Becky Cutting for helping make our house move as stress free as possible!! Highly recommend her services and we will 100% be recommending to our friends!

We’re also accredited members of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme and hold the coveted Lexcel legal practice quality mark – so have official recognition of the excellent service we provide.

For help and advice on all aspects of conveyancing, get in touch with us now.

Elizabeth Jennings

Director - Commercial Property & Charities

I joined Mander Hadley in 2004, qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and have focussed on commercial law throughout. I am also a member of Coventry and Warwickshire First and Warwickshire Law Society.