Exchange or Exchange of Contracts is when you become legally bound to purchase the Property. The process is undertaken via a series of phone calls between the buyer and the seller’s solicitors.
At this stage we will also pay over your deposit and fix the date for completion. Up to exchange, dates can be changed and either party can withdraw without legal liability. After exchange, there are penalties, and you will lose your deposit if you do not go ahead. Upon exchange buildings insurance will become your responsibility.
Completion is moving day. On the completion day we organise the transfer of funds to the seller’s solicitor. You are then able to collect the keys – usually about 2pm – and you take over responsibility for council tax and utilities.
Typically, the time gap between exchange and completion is quite short; often only a week to 10 days, however, should all parties agree, then it can be much longer or shorter.