Most houses are sold as links in a chain but, unfortunately, one in three property chains fall apart. This can happen for numerous reasons, from one party not having their finances in order, to an unpleasant surprise in the survey.
Under present British house-buying and selling practice, little can be done to alter the process, although the Government is proposing a legislation that will require home owners or their selling agents to provide a Home Information Pack (sellers pack or HIP) to prospective buyers on request.
The best way to ensure a chain progresses smoothly is through good communication. Stay in regular contact with your solicitor and estate agent to make sure everything possible is being done to speed things along.
It can also help to stay flexible. Be prepared to move in with your family or rent as a short-term measure if it means you can keep the chain going.
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