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If you are looking to sell your home in Stamford, finding a buyer and then getting the legal work done can take a frustratingly long time. It is a step-by-step process that can take many months. The team at Pelham James, your trusted estate agent in Stamford and Rutland, explain each stage of the house selling procedure in this helpful article…

One of the worst parts of house selling is not knowing how long you might be stuck at each step.

Independent research shows that, in the last 12 months, every estate agent in the UK has taken on average, 67 days from the property coming on the market to be sold subject to contract (STC) and then 113 days to get to completion. That's nearly 26 weeks from the board going up.

The journey is a long one and not guaranteed. Nationally, only 52.8% of UK homeowners who placed their homes on the market in 2023 sold and moved.


Stage 1 – Find Your Buyer

You need to instruct an estate agent (of course, we can help you with that) who will discuss a pricing and marketing strategy to help you find a buyer who fits your circumstances.

Independent data states that, in the last three months, it has taken an average of 68 days for a Stamford home to agree to a sale (i.e., sold STC)

Yet, as I have stated in my other recent articles, the Stamford property market is like a fly's eye, split into many little micro markets.

Looking at that independent research (which only focused on Stamford), it was thought-provoking to see how the different price levels (i.e. those different micro markets) are currently performing when we consider the average number of days it takes to find a buyer for a property in Stamford.

Average time to find a buyer in Stamford for sales agreed (SSTC) in the last 3 months (Stamford centre plus a 2-mile radius).


  • Up to £200k - 59 days

  • £200k to £300k - 109 days

  • £300k to £400k - 52 days

  • £400k to £500k - 69 days

  • £500,000 to £1m - 25 days

  • Over £1m - 174 days



Then, I looked at the same data and calculated which price band had the highest proportion of properties sold (stc).

  • Up to £200k - 9 sales agreed (SSTC) - 8.65% of the properties Sold STC in Stamford in the last 3 months

  • £200k to £300k - 32 sales agreed (SSTC) - 30.77% of the properties Sold STC in Stamford in the last 3 months

  • £300k to £400k - 23 sales agreed (SSTC) - 22.12% of the properties Sold STC in Stamford in the last 3 months

  • £400k to £500k - 17 sales agreed (SSTC) - 16.35% of the properties Sold STC in Stamford in the last 3 months

  • £500,000 to £1m - 19 sales agreed (SSTC) - 18.27% of the properties Sold STC in Stamford in the last 3 months

  • Over £1m - 4 sales agreed (SSTC) - 3.85% of the properties Sold STC in Stamford in the last 3 months



So, now you have secured a buyer, what is next?

Selling your property in Stamford involves a variety of typical issues and the involvement of a wide and varied range of professionals.

That means huge differences exist in how long it takes from one Stamford property to another.


Stage 2  - Instruct Solicitors (and Mortgage)

Again, we can suggest the best solicitors to sell your Stamford home. As the home seller, your solicitor will prepare your home's initial legal paperwork (with your help) and then send it to your buyer.


Stage 3 – Legal Work and Survey

Once your buyer's solicitor receives the paperwork, they apply for local searches from the local authority/land registry (to ensure no roads or airports, etc., are being built in the back garden!). These searches can take several weeks to be returned to the buyer’s solicitor from the local authority/land registry, from which questions will be raised by the buyer’s solicitor to your solicitor. At the same time, the surveyor will check the property to ensure it is structurally sound and worth the purchase price.


Stage 4 – Exchange of Contracts

Assuming all the mortgage, survey, and legal work is without any issues, both buyer and seller sign contracts, and the solicitors then perform an "Exchange of Contracts". When contracts are exchanged, the buyer pays a non-returnable deposit, and now both buyer and seller are legally tied in. YET, hold on—we aren't there yet!


Stage 5 – Completion

Completion is when the money and keys are handed over. It usually happens a week to a fortnight after the exchange of contracts (yet since lockdown, it can happen at the same time as the exchange of contracts). In essence, the buyer’s solicitor sends the purchase money to the seller’s solicitor, and once that money arrives, the keys will be given to the buyer.


In Stamford, it currently takes 112 days from instructing solicitors (Stage 2) to completion (Stage 5)

… compared to 113 days nationally.


To conclude, you are looking at a good five to six months from putting the for-sale board up to moving out.

If you are thinking of selling your Stamford home and you want an informal, no-obligation chat to ensure you get a decent price with minimal fuss, drop me a message or pick up the phone. If you would like to discuss this article in any more detail, or any other matters relating to the property market in Rutland and Stamford, feel free to get in touch with our team at Pelham James.



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