How Long Does it Take? The average timescale for a transaction is around 4-8 weeks. This can be shorter or longer depending on several factors such as whether there is a chain i.e. is the property you are buying empty or do the owners need to find somewhere to live, whether you or your buyer need a mortgage, whether there are any management companies involved if the property is on a development or leasehold. The time of year also has an impact on timescales with school holidays and Christmas being the busiest periods which can also add to delays. Your solicitor will keep you advised of progress as it is made and discuss any requirements you may have for completion dates when appropriate.