Cornwall LivingIssue #103

Seize the opportunity

What can you do to capitalise on the current Stamp Duty holiday, before it ends on 31st March next year? We ask the team at Britannia Lanes.

Britannia Lanes is a well-established company with Cornish roots, having nurtured a strong reputation across the south west as one of the UK’s premier storage and removal firms. We’re interested to catch up with company Director Mark Lane, to get his take on the current Stamp Duty holiday, the effect it’s having on the Cornish market, and what potential buyers can do to capitalise on it.

With the Stamp Duty holiday due to end on 31st March next year, the Cornish market is especially buoyant right now, with more people than ever seizing the opportunity to sell their homes and make that long-awaited move to Cornwall. And this is a trend that, Mark believes, is set to continue, due to a number of reasons. Not only have two lockdowns left homeowners seeking more space at home and a healthier home lifestyle, Mark explains: “The rise of remote working is also giving many the opportunity to live their dream of moving to our region full time, rather than just for holidays.” 

But with such an increase in the volume of sales, the process of buying a home here is inevitably taking longer. This, Mark tells us, means that people wanting to take advantage of the Stamp Duty holiday may need to begin the process sooner than they think, in order for completion to happen before 31st March next year. To illustrate the point, he reveals that because estate agents aren’t currently allowing viewings until customers have sold their existing properties, by the time they then start to look for a new home and get an offer agreed, the time between selling their home and purchasing the next can be between six to eight weeks! “This,” he says, “means that customers not wanting to lose the sale are having to complete on the existing property, then move into storage until their new homes complete.” 

Fortunately, Britannia Lanes is here to help. Not only can you benefit from contactless video surveys, advice to help plan and budget your move, and an efficient and professional removals service on a day that suits your schedule, you can also make the most of Britannia Lanes’ state-of-the-art storage facilities, choosing from a range of services tailored to your individual requirements. This means that if you’re faced with an extended waiting time between selling your current house and purchasing the next – which is likely over the coming months – you can rest assured that your belongings will be safe and secure for as long as you require. 

In short, whatever you require when it comes to moving home, Britannia Lanes has you covered. And at a time when navigating the process of buying a new home has never been more stressful, take it from us, it’s reassuring to know that Mark and the team are there to help.

Britannia Lanes offers contactless video surveys with lots of advice on the website to help you plan and budget your move. And with a team thatís well-versed in handling large influxes of work, you can be assured of a removal date that suits your busy schedule.

01872 560147