A solicitor will keep you informed throughout the process and will notify you when you are required to sign documentation to avoid delays to your move. Paperwork delays are a common problem in house moving chains and an effective property lawyer will help avoid hold-ups.
Whether you get approved for a mortgage or not may seem out of your control - but it really isn't!
The bank will be looking at your current financial situation and how you have acted in the past, to decide how risky they think lending to you would be.
This approval process used to be performed manually by the Branch Manager, but is now largely computerised. This means it is now much more consistent and fair - in the past you could have been turned down in the Branch Manager didn't like you!
And this also means that if you know what the computer algorithm is looking for, you can make sure you tick all the right boxes (and none of the wrong ones!).