1. Overview

Buying or selling a home normally takes 2 to 3 months. The process can take longer if you’re part of a chain of buyers and sellers.

There are several steps you’ll need to follow:

This guide relates to England and Wales. Shelter has advice about buying and selling a home in Scotland.

If you’re buying property with someone else

You can own a home with up to 3 other people. Find out more about the different types of joint property ownership.