FAQs

All your frequently asked questions about moving house and renting out a property answered

Buyers Guide

Find out more about how much it costs to move to a new house, what to do before starting your search and the process once your offer has been accepted.

I want to move house, where should I start?

The most important thing to understand before you start your searching for a new home is to work how much you can realistically afford. If you require a mortgage it is a good idea to speak to a reputable mortgage advisor. JOHN GERMAN work closely with a small team of independent mortgage advisors, they can show the best mortgage products available for your individual circumstances and advise on you on your budget. Unlike many other mortgage providers, their service is free of charge to you, with no fees to pay

How do I go about finding a property?

Whilst searching on main property websites such as Rightmove is a good start, it is also a good idea to speak to local estate agents. To find a new home in the Midlands, register for John German’s Property Alerts; tell us about the type of home you are looking for and your budget and we’ll let you know as soon as one matching your search criteria comes onto the market. In addition to property alerts, we’re happy to offer advice and guidance on the local area, schools and amenities to help with your search.
Back this up by keeping an eye out for new listings featured on websites Rightmove, On The Market and John German.

Why register for John German Property Alerts when I've already signed up for Rightmove Property Alerts?

By registering for JG Property Alerts you will be told about any John German property, new to the market BEFORE it appears on Rightmove – giving you an opportunity to book a viewing before anyone else does.

Should I view a selection of properties?

Absolutely, this will give you a really good idea of what is available on the market and what you can expect to get based on your budget.

How many times should I view a property?

It depends, however, if you are seriously considering making an offer ideally you should view a property more than once.

I have found my dream home, what’s next?

The next step is to make an offer, don’t be too cheeky but do be prepared to negotiate. Estate agents will give you an idea of how much the owner will accept but remember to add in costs such as stamp duty and solicitors’ fees.

What is stamp duty and who pays it?

Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is a government tax which the buyer pays. It is calculated on a sliding scale based on the purchase price of a property you are buying. Use our stamp duty calculator to find out how much you would have to pay.

My offer has been accepted, what happens next?

You will need to instruct a solicitor/ conveyancer to undertake the legal conveyance and transfer the title ownership. John German work with many reputable conveyancers and can obtain a competitive quote for you, just ask us. If you require a mortgage, ensure you start this application along with instructing a conveyancer at the earliest opportunity!

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How long does the conveyancing process take?

It will vary depending on the number of properties in the chain, but with John German’s sales progression team helping to push it along, the average is around 12 weeks. The cheapest solicitor/conveyancer is not always the best choice.

Should I have a survey?

With a mortgage, your lender will organise a valuation to ensure the property is suitable security for lending purposes, but you should consider a more in-depth inspection which will highlight any defects or necessary repairs. For more information on choosing a survey go to

What’s the difference between exchange of contracts and completion?

Simply put, the main difference is that exchange is an exchange of signed contracts, which makes the matter legally binding between the parties coupled with a deposit being paid, whereas a completion is when all the monies are transferred and the date the parties physically move and transfer legal ownership of the property. Ideally, you want a period of time agreed between exchange and completion.

When do I organise removals?

You will need to get costings a week or so before exchange of contracts but can only firm a date up with the removals company on or around an exchange of contracts, we can help with this if required.