What happens with the keys?

These are usually left with the estate agents (if any) and the buyer collects them once the money has been paid over on the day of completion. If there are no estate agents (or this is not convenient) then the seller will hand them direct to the buyer. Either way it is important that arrangements are made in advance to prevent the possibility of the buyer having to wait outside with the removal van! Although as your solicitors we will always try to ensure that everything is finalised as early as possible on the day of completion – and usually this is dealt with by mid-day – there can sometimes be a delay if, for example, we are still waiting for the mortgage monies to arrive or there is a particularly long chain. If this happens please don’t panic or become upset because we will invariably resolve the problem by early afternoon – if not sooner !