Stamp Duty Holiday – the deadline to market your property

21st September, 2020

If you want to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday, you may think you have plenty of time to sell your property before the 31 March 2021 deadline. But when you factor in the average time it takes to complete on a property once an offer is accepted, 12 weeks, the March deadline doesn’t seem too far away. Even more so when you consider that figure doesn’t include time for your own property search or any of the common hurdles along the way.


When do I need to market my property?

By using Land Registry and NAEA Propertymark Housing Market Report data, we have calculated the date you need to have your property on the market to realistically sell it in time for 31 March: 26 sept


Why this date?

Selling a property is a complicated process, with several stages and multiple people involved to get through the whole process to completion.

According to data from, receiving an offer once the property is on the market can take around ten weeks, your buyer arranging a solicitor can take well over a month and arranging their mortgage can take up to six weeks, and that’s just a few of the tasks the buyer has to tick off. The solicitors, surveyors and estate agent will also all have their own tasks to complete before the job is done. When all combined, the average time it takes to sell a property from going on the market to completion is six months.

With this in mind, you should give yourself plenty of time to sell your property so that you have the best possible chance to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday. By getting your property on the market by 26 September, you will do just that.

“With housing market activity excelling following the Chancellor’s announcement of a stamp duty holiday, we expect the market to remain busy into the new year. Following all social distancing measures and making sure everything is in order will help maximise your chances of completing ahead of 31 March”


What else can I do to help sell my property in time?

The best thing you can do to ensure your property sale goes through quickly is to ask your estate agent for a copy of the Propertymark Sales Protocol Toolkit. The Sales Protocol Toolkit is a combination of questionnaires that when completed, will ensure you have all the information about your property ready to go.

You will also need to assemble copies of some important documents, including:

  • A copy of the lease (if the property is leasehold)
  • Documentation related to the freehold (if the property is freehold)
  • FENSA certificates for replacement windows
  • Your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  • Relevant building restrictions
  • Building regulation certificate when alterations have taken place
  • A Gas Safety certificate for a new boiler


Completing the Sales Protocol Toolkit and having all these documents ready is proven to shave time off your property sale, which in the run up to the 31 March, could save you a substantial amount of money.